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Wed Mar 2, 2016, 01:29 PM

Democratic versus Republican turnout in Super Tuesday states vs 2008

AL, AR, GA, MA, OK, TX, TN, VT & VA

Republican Primary Voters: 2008 5,025,685 2016 8,307,884
Democratic Primary Voters: 2008 8,228,763 2016 5,557,243

Just shown on the screen on MSNBC

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Reply Democratic versus Republican turnout in Super Tuesday states vs 2008 (Original post)
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 OP
randys1 Mar 2016 #1
cemaphonic Mar 2016 #2
YOHABLO Mar 2016 #3
aaaaaa5a Mar 2016 #4
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 #5
aaaaaa5a Mar 2016 #8
TheDormouse Mar 2016 #6
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 #7
aaaaaa5a Mar 2016 #9

Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 01:30 PM

1. Terrible news and does not point to either of our candidates as which can resolve this

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 01:50 PM

2. It's definitely troubling

But the Republican primary is a lot more heavily contested, so there's more drama and media attention. Also, I think Trump's naive populism, belligerence, and willingness to say stuff that most career politicians wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole is bringing in a lot of people that otherwise wouldn't bother with the primary process.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 01:56 PM

3. It's a sad thing that participation is so down. What can you do?

Perhaps people are apathetic to the point that they do not think they make much difference. Perhaps they are right, especially when it comes to DNC vs RNC, all tied to big money and corporate America. But then there could be a lot of factors involved in these numbers this Super Tuesday.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 02:28 PM

4. Bernie is not bringing in new voters.


The second issue is that most of these races on a state by state basis were non competitive. I believe in races where both parties ran competitive races the turnout was about the same.

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Response to aaaaaa5a (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 04:27 PM

5. Yeah, it's all Bernie's fault

So long to you.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 09:18 PM

8. I didn't say it was ALL Bernie's fault.

I only stated it was one of the reasons.

Clearly, if your candidacy is based on bringing in new voters, and turnout is down, and you are not winning.... you are failing at the task.

Why are some people here so offended by simple math?

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 04:34 PM

6. How many votes did HRC specifically get this time & how many in 2008? nt

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Response to TheDormouse (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 05:43 PM

7. I don't know and am not going to dig up the info and do the math

I paused my TV this morning and put up the information straight off the screen from MSNBC. It was not posted to say it's Hillary's fault or Bernie's fault. It suggests to me that at least so far, Republicans are a lot more motivated to vote so far in 2016 than they were in 2008 and Democrats are less motivated.

There is obviously a lot of Republican hate for Obama in 2016, just as there was a lot of hate on for GWB by Democratic voters in 2008. The side that has been out of power for 8 years has been more motivated, at least in the primaries.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 2, 2016, 09:24 PM

9. To further add to my last post

Hillary isn't bringing in new voters either. Neither campaign is expanding the electorate or bringing in new people the way Obama did in 2008. This is a big potential problem for all of us.

Hillary's only advantage is that she is far less impacted by a lower voter turnout than Sanders is. And that is a big reason why she is winning.

The simple Math is neither campaign is inspiring the country. So far our primary season has been nothing but a get out the base contest. Not good.

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