GOP sets another turnout record, Democrats’ numbers slide

by Stephen Dinan  |  published on February 22, 2016

Republicans’ turnout streak continued, with GOP voters shattering their South Carolina primary record Saturday night.

With almost all precincts reporting, more than 737,000 votes had been counted. That was more than 20 percent higher than 2012, when about 603,000 voted.

It follows record GOP turnout in Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary earlier this month.

By contrast, Democrats’ turnout has tumbled from its 2008 records in all three contests, including Saturday’s caucuses in Nevada. About 80,000 voters took part in the caucuses, with was 33 percent less than 2008’s level.

Republicans hold their caucuses Tuesday in Nevada, while Democrats shift to South Carolina next weekend.

  • charlesschmidt

    GO GOP. If every registered GOP voter votes in November then even with the votes from the dead will not be enough for the Democrats to win the
    white House.

  • GGPA63

    One reason for the larger turnout for republicans might be democrates who claim to be republican so they can influence who runs against their candidate. They can vote for a republican that their candidate can more easily beat. Especially since the MSM apparently has ordained that Hillary should win the nomination.

  • roboteq

    What should we expect when Democrats only have a choice between a Socialist who has done nothing much in life and a chronic liar who has most likely committed more crimes than the most notorious criminal in history?

  • Robert Griffith

    Since South Carolina has an open primary I can’t help but wonder what percentage of the “Republican” turnout was in fact Democrats doing their best to sway the results.

    • Karll

      Because they prefer trump to the democrat candidates or they think trump would be easier for their eventual candidate to beat?

      • Robert Griffith

        I’m not sure. Could be either, could be both. Only time will tell.

    • ohmama

      In the same way that NH let non-residents and voters from across state lines register and vote at the last minute, with no ID and no proof of residence.

      • Robert Griffith

        Maybe not quite as flagrant as that but plenty of opportunity for shenanigans on the part of those with a disposition towards that sort of thing.

  • Seedman

    Ted Cruz remains the best hope of an effective presidency for patriot voters in America!

  • Jean

    There was a record turnout in SC. However, SC has an open primary, meaning that democrats can choose to vote in the Rep primary instead of the democrat. I’m pretty sure there was a record number of democrats voting in the Republican for Trump

    • Karll

      Wouldn’t THAT be an interesting turn of events!

      • The Redhawk

        TRUE DAT

  • Todd Alfonsi

    Trump is not POLITICIAN, he is not anti- American, he is not a Islamic Muslim. If people knew about Obama’s true identity from the start, he never would have been elected at all.You think he is bad, Hitlery would be a total disaster, and I think she WILL be Indicted, all they have to do is drag it all out until the end, close enough so hillary has to drop out of the race and not be elected, and long enough so Obama cant pardon her for her crimes.

    • Karll

      IF the FBI recommends indictment BEFORE November, barry will be in quite a pickle. At the least he’ll have to stall until after Nov 8th, and it will be the biggest double standard in history.

      • The Redhawk

        BARRYDIPSTICK is TRYING hard to save his SORRYA_S by either Appointing Loretta lynch during a SEnate RECESS or by Ignoring the lAW and Do it anyhow…IF ONLY WE HAD A WORKING DOJ…

    • Jimbo

      Lets hope they get to be together in criminal charges. They would look so cute together in orange. With the numbers on the back. And their chain gang of 8.

  • Todd Alfonsi

    HILLARY FOR PRISON 2016!!! TRUMP 2016- BOTH SIDES ARE CRIMINALS

    • heilbama

      The last election – when we put Conservatives in the Majority – killed it for me insomuch as Career Politicians are concerned. All they promised, all our hopes, all the excitement that they would FINALLY stop Obama…were just so much empty promises; they proved to be Liberals in disguise, and I don’t trust a SINGLE one of them. In fact, it will be my Mission in Life to destroy the careers of all of those bastards in the GOP who betrayed us. Politics, if you haven’;t noticed, gives politicians automatic status, a fat paycheck but we seldom see evidence that they are actually working to earn it. How many do not even bother showing up to vote? Too busy at events schmoozing with important people – with a keen eye on everyone’s wallet.

  • USCBIKER

    It’s a good start but we need to make sure we do that on Election Day. The trash who vote for Democrats won’t show now but are easy to rally when their free shit is on the line.

    • JOSEPH ROBBINS

      How many times must we stay away from the lemmings running as fast as they can to their own suicide? Trump is the only option left and everyone has known it for quite awhile now.

  • paulyz

    Most Americans have woke up to the huge problems of Socialism under Obama & the Democrats. And they also are fed up with the Republican Establishment that allowed them to get away with it. Go Trump!

    • Upward Trend

      Cruz 2016

      • Betty Clouse

        Not happening have u not been paying attention the liar are u one too!!

        • Jean

          I have heard the Trumpster change his tune more times than Cruz, even in this election cycle.

          • Betty Clouse

            Shut up you liberal evil dem NO one is listening to a dumbass with no brains that’s all Dems are accept the ones that are converting to get on the Trump Train!!!

          • HouseofPain

            You are a nut job betty. You are hereby flagged.

    • Karll

      Yup, it took the election (twice) of a card-carrying commie, anti-American FRAUD to wake people up.

  • Jimbo

    And Donald Trump git a slammed award from gop. Go man go. Shoot flames and blow smoke. Shakem up. Wake up america. I ve been hearing about how hilliary would be so great and continue what Obama started. Really? She makes me sick. All this hog wash abou f the Democrats and their sissy field politics and America with its pants a t ound itax knees. Takin it. We ain’t France. We ain’t queers. We are a nation of christians with power of God backing us. And 1 screwed up twisted perverted lieing backstabbing government. That has screwed everything up with the morales this country once relished. Because of something called liberals. They castrated and pervert this country. With Donald Trump the country will have Balls again and a spine. No more pink white and blue. Back to Red White and Blue. Stars and Stipes. Not fairy flags. So git right or git out.

    • Old goat

      You truly need to go back to school. Your spelling, grammar etal are atrocious.

      • The Redhawk

        Could be a ‘PLANT”

        • Rich Shack

          Maybe a weed

          • The Redhawk

            on HIGH mode…. as HIGH as O-DIPSTICK trying for a recess SCOTUS Appointment..

          • Jimbo

            Try smoking some.

      • Jimbo

        Oh how nice of you to care. Sometimes I check spell check. Other times I got in a hurry and don’t. Point is.no point. Have a day. Your choice of nice or not.

    • The Redhawk

      HUH????

      • Jimbo

        Its puzzling i know. Although I actually spelled correctly. The spell check changed it. Put the correct letters in the perspective and you should be able to understand.

        • The Redhawk

          OK

  • heilbama

    The Political Machine wants us to believe the Bull in a China Shop is not presidential material. We’ve needed that Wall, but the entire lot of them in DC have yet to pour a footer and, in fact, seem to be just fine with whomever crosses our borders. Trump sees the economic disaster they are becoming – but the Political Machine wants to continue giving them benefits but cut benefits to Veterans and our elderly. The Political Machine gave us Common Core, the most rotten apple in our education system, and I don’t recall the current politicians making a fuss about that? I’m voting #Trump – it’s time America starting caring about Americans.

    • Old goat

      The communists in our government gave us common core and they should have it shoved where the sun does not shine.

      • The Redhawk

        wITH SPIKES ON THEM!

      • Upward Trend

        I can’t believe that civics is not taught in grade school! My so is 15 and myvoldest girl 20 has had almost no mention of civics in thier schools. I teach that to them and give them plenty of reading material. I send quotes and letters each week from differing times including our revolution.
        They even have to correct their teachers at times.
        Very saddening.

        • Old goat

          My two step children are in their 20’s now but when they were in high school I asked them if they know what a communist is! They did not! That tells you the story of what has happened to education system. It is now not education but INDOCTRINATION!

    • Upward Trend

      We need a conservative that will put the constitution first! We are not following the American model that everyone in the world admires. It is done through a real eastate business man! #cruz

    • Betty Clouse

      Amen to your statement. Don’t forget evil ObamaCare that sucks the money out of everyone on it. Plus it’s failing big time!

      • The Redhawk

        BULLS EYE!

    • kerijay

      Trump is for Trump and his business. Better check how in debt he is to the big banks and you don’t think there are rewards there.

      • The Redhawk

        I am of the Opinion that at this time of History the Republic needs a leader that can Unite the GOP, and Americans for the GOOD OF THE COUNTRY’s FUTURE… Not sure that T-RUMP is the one!

      • heilbama

        Trump is for America; if it fails, so does he, so do you.

  • Karll

    There was a backlash against 8 yrs of dubya, and hopefully there will be another against the worst pResident in history.

    • Old goat

      People hate to admit it but I heard a lot saying they wished they had Bush back after Obozo was in a while. There is no question he is the worst President in history and I feel the first Black, NOT, POTUS in history is the reason Dr Carson did not have a chance. Right now, right or wrong, people do not want to trust another black.

      • The Redhawk

        WORSE YET.. CAN ANYONE TRUST a BORN LYING SOCIOPATH called KILLERY???

        • heilbama

          I can’t get inside a Liberal’s brain; I am afraid I would get sucked under the sewage that floats around inside their deluded minds.)

          • The Redhawk

            Well reason is “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A LIBERAL BRAIN” Hence the reason why NOBODY can ever get into one…Air head are air head are air heads…..and POH
            Party
            Of
            Hypocrits

      • Upward Trend

        Obama is worse than Carte for certain. Bush wasn’t terrible. He made mistakes that could repaired and had a plan to just. Unfortunately that’s when the democrats took congress. They began that spending hell we’re in now. They ruined our financial system, edication system when they had a chance to fix it, IRS, got involved with the central bank more, messed with social security, everything. The democrats have really messed things up!

        • Karll

          But dubya got ALL the blame.
          The left stream media at work.

          • The Redhawk

            iT is all they are allowd to say

      • Karll

        Not me.

        dubya was a moderate who
        – Grew govt
        – Put us trillions more in debt
        – expanded an already unsustainable social program Medicare
        – blocked the deportation of certain illegals
        – allowed the corrupt congressional democrats to push him around
        – got us into a ridiculous war ala LBJ, the result of which was to turn Iraq completely over to the radicals

        Nope, doesn’t sound too “conservative” to me.
        I notice barry has reversed NONE of dubya’s policies, and has tripled down on the worst of them.

        • The Redhawk

          BUT NONE of the POH will even admit it FACTS Scares them into WADDED panties mode!!
          P arty
          O f
          H ypocrites…..aka the PROGRESSIVE LIBTaRDS RETARDS

    • The Redhawk

      ONLY Question will be… “HOW MANY BUS LOADS on SEIU and BLACK LIES ANARCHISTS WILL BE GOING FROM CITY TO CITY< POLL TO POLL to Vote many times for the NEXT BLACK HEARTED PRESIDENT CALLED SHEL-LIAR-RY, before they are Slammed back in their PLANTATIONS…

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