Primary voting nearing record turnout, with Republicans holding the edge

March 21, 2016

Gavin Edwards, 5, waits patiently as his great-aunt, Lorrie Witherspoon, fills out her ballot at the Durham County Main Library in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Voters in Missouri, as well as Illinois, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina are casting their ballots in primary elections Tuesday. (Kaitlin McKeown/The Herald-Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

WASHINGTON — In an election characterized by name-calling, classified emails and “small hands,” voter turnout has reached its second-highest level in the past 35 years.

Voter turnout has been double what it was in 2012, and is less than 2 percent behind the level during the 2008 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center, a bipartisan organization.

The turnout is especially noteworthy for Republicans. Data from the United States Election Project, which compiles and analyzes election results and statistics, show Republican voting in primaries and caucuses is up across the board.

States such as Idaho, Virginia and Missouri have seen increases of more than 200 percent in Republican turnout compared to 2012. Traditionally, blue states have also seen spikes relative to 2012. Massachusetts and Maine, for example, had increases of 72 percent and 220 percent, respectively.

  • AKLady

    You mean they are getting the red necks out of the bars, or have they simply moved the voting booths?

  • Joann Holmes

    The money that they I mean establishment are spending against Trump is the money that republicans give to them stop giving them and the republican party money, give it directly to candidates

  • drrocko

    This is the result of electing a disbarred dog-eating “down low” racist muslim incompetant pos prez. America is angry !

    • AKLady

      Why do you embarrass America this way?

      Why do you believe it is acceptable to lie?

      Why do you believe it is acceptable to repeat lies?

  • The republican establishment is totally out of touch with the electorate evidenced by its attempt to out Trump, Trump. If they exercised half a brain they embrace and support the outsider. Watching Hillary the liar and Bernie the socialist you have to be insane to want this.

    • AKLady

      Childish name calling, so not impressive.
      Not a single issue addressed.
      It is no wonder Sanders is still in the running.

  • willr3

    THe GOP Elitists should be kissing up to Mr Trump; not tearing him down and running ads against him. The GOP makes a fortune as new voters turn out, and since some are converted Democrats Mr Trump’s draw is good in TWO ways. I’m sure they like the voter turn out, but get cold chills knowing Mr Trump will end the “Pay to Play” scam that has been increasing the net worth of each congressman by some $1.6 million for every year they stay in office. That causes taxpayers to pay way too much for goods and services, because of the lobby machine. We want Mr Trump to smash that machine and end the career politician Lobby $$$ machine.


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