Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Super Tuesday: Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers

The 2008 primary season is continuing to crush previous records for turnout in Democratic primaries.

According to data at, Democratic primaries in Missouri, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Arizona beat previous records by anywhere from 11% in New York to more than 47% in the likely battleground state of Missouri. Arizona, also a toss up state for the general election, saw massive Democratic Party participation.

Whether it was for Clinton in New York (more than 11% growth over 2004) or Obama in Illinois (nearly double its 2004 primary), new voters in these primaries are bringing an enthusiasm for the call for changing the White House not seen probably since the 1960s. While much of the enthusiasm is centered around the movement behind Obama's campaign, it is increasingly clear Clinton isn't doing too shabby at generating her own excitement.

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