Turnout Turnabout

There were three states that had primary elections on Tuesday — Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.  In each state, the number of voters in the Democratic primaries was down significantly from 2006, the last comparable election, and the number of Republican voters was up from the 2006 primary.  Does that indicate that Democrats aren’t energized and Republicans are, or does it mean something else?  Time will tell, but it can’t be a good sign when the number of primary voters is depressed.

In Ohio, according to the linked article, 872,000 people voted in the 2006 Democratic primary, and this year only 663,000 people voted.  That is a pretty amazing turnaround, in view of the fact that this year’s Ohio Democratic primary featured a high profile contest for the  U.S. Senate nomination.

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