Presidential Primary Turnout Nationwide in 2012 was Less than Half the 2008 Presidential Primary Turnout

According to The Rhodes Cook Letter of June 2012, only 27,828,871 votes were cast in Republican and Democratic presidential primaries combined during 2012. By contrast, in 2008, 57,689,496 votes were cast in Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. Yet there were almost as many states in 2012 that held presidential primaries (39 states) as in 2008 (41 states). The two states that held primaries in 2008 but not in 2012 are Idaho and Washington.

5 comments

  1. give-me-liberty · · Reply

    Not a huge surprise with an incumbent.

  2. Will Fenwick · · Reply

    Its not a surprise at all, the vast majority of democratic presidential primaries were unopposed giving people little reason to vote in them.

  3. Richard Winger · · Reply

    But what is surprising is that fewer voters were cast in Republican presidential primaries in 2012 than in 2008.

  4. Curt Boyd · · Reply

    I’m not surprised either, but it’s because Republicans are not enthusiastic about their nominee, so they stayed away from the polls.

  5. Demo Rep · · Reply

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V

    NO timebomb evil primaries – which produce extremist MONSTERS.

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