One party turning out, other turning away

Democrat caucus goers form groups to support Clinton or Sanders Saturday at Del Webb Middle School in Henderson. (R-J photo)

Is there an enthusiasm gap?

So far, according to the Washington Times, Democrat turnout is down in all three presidential contests so far compared to 2008, the last time there was a real contest. In Nevada on Saturday only about 80,000 voters participated in the caucuses. That is 33 percent below 2008 turnout.

Republicans, on the other hand, are setting records in the other direction. The GOP primary in South Carolina more than 737,000 people vote — more than 20 percent higher than 2012, when about 603,000 voted.

There were record GOP turnouts in Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary earlier.

Republicans caucus in Nevada Tuesday night.



10 comments on “One party turning out, other turning away

  1. Steve says:

    Yup….saw that in one of the Government Spox opinion pieces the other day…he didn’t expound on it, but it kind of stood out. Thanks for confirming what I saw and wondered about.

  2. Steve says:

    Just read, turnout in Nevada is expected to be 40,000 today.
    But it also says Nevada is an “anything can happen” state.

  3. If the Democrat turnout was 80,000…then the GOP turnout should be over 100,000 if trends across the nation hold. Let’s hope so…

  4. Steve says:

    I’m hearing they are running out of ballots in places.

  5. It wasn’t really a caucus. It was a primary with paper ballots. I wanted to wait and talk to people in my precinct and talk them out of voting for Trump, but everyone was putting their ballots in the envelopes and leaving, so there would’ve been no one to talk to. I deposited my ballot and left, too.

  6. It was a huge crowd with lines several hundred yards long. Should’ve just had precinct rooms set up for people to go to. It the computer age, this process was a waste of time.

  7. Steve says:

    Sebelius reported on TV, huge turnout. Mostly for Trump.
    Read a story a a day or so ago, pundits claiming Nevada public perception of Trump and casino connection would cause Nevada to go for Trump.

    Won’t know until the state compiles the results of today’s Republican (defacto) primary.

    The old primary system was better, being early really doesn’t do much for Nevada, they make all kinds of promises, they just move on and get infected by DC lobbyists.

    Just another reason I stay independent, let all you guys have the fun. Independents jump in at the last and make the final decision!

  8. Steve says:

    From Facebook.

    “75,145 people have shared that they’re voting.”

    I think the Republicans are going to blow away the Democrats here too. Sure hope that continues into Super Tuesday.

  9. Steve says:

    RGJ now saying “at least 75,000” turned out. Looks like Facebook had the number locked down?
    And the so called Latino problem seems to have been answered, they WANT that wall!

    Closing the door behind themselves, that’s what it’s all about.

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