Kansas' Republican Registration Edge Smaller

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State figures show that Kansas remains a Republican state, but less so than in 2004, the last presidential election year.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Friday that new figures from the Kansas secretary of state's office indicate increases in registered Democrats and in unaffiliated voters statewide.

Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said 80 percent of voting-age Kansans were registered to vote as of Thursday, a slight rise over 2004.

On Election Day 2004, 46.2 percent of registered voters in Kansas were Republican, 26.8 percent were Democrat, and 26.3 percent unaffiliated. On Thursday, the Republican percentage had dropped to 44.7 percent, Democrats had risen to 27.4 percent, and unaffiliated had grown to 27.1 percent.

The deadline to register is Oct. 20.

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