February 6th, 2008
01:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Democrats shatter turnout primary season records

Democrats caucus in Colorado on a record-breaking Election Day.
Democrats caucus in Colorado on a record-breaking Election Day.

(CNN) - Though the fate of the Democratic race to the nomination remains uncertain, one thing is for sure: voters are turning out for the Democratic primaries in number that absolutely shatter previous records - which may be a troubling sign for Republicans looking ahead to the general election.

CNN looked at six states: Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Arizona. Even with the votes not fully tallied yet, the turnout numbers are still substantially higher than in the past. Arizona already has nearly 80,000 more voters than it ever had before, with only 67% of the precincts counted.

The Republicans are also experiencing higher turnout in some places, though not nearly on par with the Democrats. For the same states, the numbers are far less dramatic (except in New Jersey, where both parties experienced significant jumps), and are lower in some cases.

–CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg

(Full results after the jump)

Turnout for Democratic contests, rounded to the nearest thousand:

STATE: MISSOURI

PREVIOUS RECORD: 528,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 778,000 (98% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +47%


STATE: ILLINOIS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 1,504,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 1,809,000 (91% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +20%


STATE: NEW YORK

PREVIOUS RECORD: 1,575,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 1,744,000 (99% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +11%


STATE: NEW JERSEY

PREVIOUS RECORD: 654,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 1,104,000 (99% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +69%


STATE: MASSACHUSETTS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 793,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 1,170,000 (98% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +48%


STATE: ARIZONA

PREVIOUS RECORD: 239,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 314,000 (67% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +31%

Turnout for Republican contests, rounded to the nearest thousand:

STATE: MISSOURI

PREVIOUS RECORD: 475,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 576,000 (98% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +21%


STATE: ILLINOIS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 859,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 825,000 (93% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: -3%


STATE: NEW YORK

PREVIOUS RECORD: 772,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 604,000 (99% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: -21%


STATE: NEW JERSEY

PREVIOUS RECORD: 310,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 551,000 (98% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +78%


STATE: MASSACHUSETTS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 503,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 462,000 (95% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: -8%


STATE: ARIZONA

PREVIOUS RECORD: 347,000

VOTES TONIGHT SO FAR: 398,000 (67% reporting)

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +15%


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  1. observer#1

    The media doesn't get it. The Democrats are coming out in record numbers because of two people, BUSH and Chenney . I am so proud of Hillary, she has took abeating from the media and yet she once again proved what a strong woman and politician she is. She has been tried and tested and she still stands strong and continues to fight for all Americans. I am just not sure Obama , not given media attention and some kind of star status could have held up to same treatment as Hillary has. People want change and Hillary will make a change, she has been trying for years. She is the best candidate, many battles has she fought and she has a clear plan and direction. This candidate is a true fighter and I would be thrilled to call her President. She will beat McCain and the Democrats will take over the White House.

    February 6, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Sarah

    WE WANT a Clinton Obama ticket!

    All the democrats I talk to are happy with any of our top running candidates.
    We will are excited to have options – but we will unite!

    If my republican father is voting for a democrat in the next election – I have to be optimistic!

    February 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Dwayne

    Is there a possibiltiy, with 3 Republican candidates still running, that no one is able to collect the needed 1191 delegates?

    February 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. José Molina

    CNN keeps saying that Hillary's wins were due to the Hispanic vote, but they stopped saying that Obama's wins were due to the Black vote

    February 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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