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La. voters skew away from traditional parties

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The number of registered Democrats continues a steady decline as 2014 Louisiana elections approach and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu runs for re-election.

A decade ago, registered Democrats represented 56 percent of the state's then 2.87 million voters. Today, the number sits at 47 percent - 1.38 million voters out of 2.9 million registrants.

More than 250,000 white voters have left Democratic ranks during the past 10 years, about 150,000 since Landrieu last ran in 2008.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the high number of voters opting for "no party" affiliation is significant. With 809,753 registered voters, Republicans now account for 28 percent of the state's total voting population. Another party or no party account for 25 percent or 724,643 voters.

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