Interesting statistics

This difficult-to-read piece in Hotline suggests that turnout is way up for GOP voters this year, while Democrat turnout is lower than usual:

Dem Turnout Falls Off A Cliff…In primaries in NC, IN and OH, Dems turned out at far lower rates than they have in previous comparable elections. Just 663K OH voters cast ballots in the competitive primary…That number is lower than the 872K voters who turned out in ’06…

Only 425K voters turned out to pick a nominee against Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The 14.4% turnout was smaller than the 444K voters — or 18% of all registered Dem voters — who turned out in ’04…And in IN, just 204K Hoosiers voted for Dem House candidates, far fewer than the 357K who turned out in ’02 and the 304K who turned out in ’06.

By contrast, GOP turnout was up almost across the board. 373K people voted in Burr’s uncompetitive primary, nearly 9% higher than the 343K who voted in the equally non-competitive primary in ’04. Turnout in House races in IN rose 14.6% from ’06, fueled by the competitive Senate primary, which attracted 550K voters. And 728K voters cast ballots for a GOP Sec/State nominee in Ohio, the highest-ranking statewide election with a primary; in ’06, just 444K voters cast ballots in that race.

Meanwhile, some Democratic politicians demonstrate that they are a class act.

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