February 6th, 2008
01:00 AM ET
8 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%

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STATE: ILLINOIS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 1,504,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +20%

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STATE: NEW YORK

PREVIOUS RECORD: 1,575,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +11%

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STATE: NEW JERSEY

PREVIOUS RECORD: 654,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +69%

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STATE: MASSACHUSETTS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 793,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +48%

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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%

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STATE: ILLINOIS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 859,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: -3%

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STATE: NEW YORK

PREVIOUS RECORD: 772,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: -21%

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STATE: NEW JERSEY

PREVIOUS RECORD: 310,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +78%

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STATE: MASSACHUSETTS

PREVIOUS RECORD: 503,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: -8%

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STATE: ARIZONA

PREVIOUS RECORD: 347,000

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

% CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS RECORD: +15%


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Elener mcdonough

    the teenage vote is not yet in 18 to 25 year olds wait until main vote they are 20percent of all registered voters. hillary needs to bridge the gap real quick to win in november

    February 6, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  2. Chard

    There is a fact that obama is black but there is a greater fact that this whole movement is beyond the black race...

    February 6, 2008 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  3. Willy

    Yeah, they do it all the time, the early show up, but once it gets cold, forget it!

    February 6, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. lglaw (Oregon)

    Thoreau said: "Only that day dawns to which we are awake." The voters (democrats, at least) are waking up. This is a VERY good sign for our country. Whether it's good for any particular politician remains to be seen.......change is in the wind.

    February 6, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  5. Jaime

    As a graduate student in International Affairs with a background in Political Science this gives me great hope for the future.

    February 6, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. Christopher

    Clearly the Big Winner on Super Tuesday was the American people. While the issues of the day may draw more voters to the polls, the future of the country is what really matters. "Change" has been the catch-word of this campign and I think the voters finally got it- voter involvement is the key to change- record breaking voter turnout is a victory for the Constitution and the American People. Let this be a message to the nominees for both parties- the voters are demandng to be heard- we will not be ignored- popular sovereignty is the key to American Democracy

    February 6, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Mr_Bill

    YOW!

    This looks as if it doesn't matter who the Republican Nominee turns out to be.

    "You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."-Bob Dylan

    February 6, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  8. erma williams

    Le us stand together as humanitarians not as stickers, labels. Americais a Great Country and it is because blood has mingled with blood & nothing else.

    God Bless ALL Americans, USA.

    A poor servant of humanity.

    February 6, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  9. Welding

    Big, big smile !!

    These may be some of the most beautiful, important numbers out there today.

    The overwhelming rise in the Democratic numbers and the weak, declining numbers on the other side show clearly we will control the govt. in less than one year.

    "Permanent Majorities" ain't what they used to be, eh ?

    The 'Pubes made their bed years ago by choosing a mentally retarded puppet of evil capitalists to lead their sad, Gimpy Old Party and now they can sleep in it for another 20 years – Dems have the big-big momentum now.

    They could have chosen McCain in 2000 or 2004 and preserved some bit of dignity for their Neanderthalic philosophies.

    Instead they let greed get the best of them and now the Bush-Dolt has set their cause back 20 years. They have to grit their teeth and take McCain, too late.

    Obama, Clinton – it just doesn't matter – let's all march quickly and resolutely away from these Dark Age nut-jobs.

    Bye-bye Repub-Capitalist-Neocons – enjoy the wilderness.

    - a very happy camper

    February 6, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  10. erma williams

    Good going!

    February 6, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  11. Ivelisse

    I think this is all about not having a clear 'front-runner' more than any particular candidate.... people actually believe their vote will ACTUALLY mean something... the choices has not being made for them in the early voting states.... I'm voting next week, and I'm really looking forward to it, for the first time in a long while.... I can actually make a difference in the campaign!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  12. eric

    keep on voting. But just lets not forget the true test is November. Keep the woo;ies around.

    February 6, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. Etetu Santos

    This is History, Obama is not just about race, gender, age, or anyting else that the media is talkingabout. He has a vision, CHANG comes in different forms.
    1. a change in the white house
    2. a change on how people feel about eachother,
    3. a change that can unit us not divide us
    4. a change that makes us bleive that we can do it if we can unit as on Nation.

    YES WE CAN!!!

    God Bless America

    February 6, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  14. Patsy Lynch

    GO HILLARY!

    February 6, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. vegage

    It is amazing to see how Hillary won this super Tuesday contest. After this huge wave of endorsements to Obama and the huge coverage that Obama received in CNN, in the last week every time I tuned CNN they were talking about Obama surge, so it is impressive how she won in popular vote by a considerable margin and in delgates. She hold herself with strenght and grace. I do not see that story being said in CNN at all. It is interesting to see how Fox News and MSNBC are declaring her as the winner and in CNN all I can see is a front page with Obama picture, undermining the real result of this contest, that was, Hillary's triumph. Definitely in my opinion CNN is sided with Obama.

    February 6, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    This should serve as a warning to the Republicans. If these figures in a general election campaign are even only half right, they cannot and won't win.

    February 6, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. WMW

    Are you kidding. Most of these so-called new voters are illegals and disgruntled Repubs!

    February 6, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. unhooked lizared

    We need a President that is not dedicated to one side or the other. We need a President that is dedicated to the people. All of these candidates should be somewhere at the white house so all of the issues the people have voiced can be addresses.

    February 6, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  19. Sylvia

    Hillary, We are praying for you and your victory.

    February 6, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. KK

    vegage,

    I agree. CNN has been a big advertising agent for barrack Obama. may be they do not like the Clintons.. especially after Bill tried to drive them away during the SC polls. However it is apparent that CNN is in favor of Obama and does all the positive campaigning. They tend to see only the Good in Obama and Bad in CLinton. Well I am glad she won and hope she wins in Nov also.. I'd be very glad if CNN stands neutral again..

    February 6, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. jamus45

    YES WE CAN!

    February 6, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. jan

    Why are the Democratic numbers up? Because these people don't usually vote in a primary. That's all it means. It's got nothing to do with how many people turn out in November.

    February 6, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. barroidbonds

    Illinois is full of sheep.....OBAAAAAAAAAAma, Obaaaaaaaaaaaaama
    Just because he is a half-baked politican in your state, doesn't mean you have to vote for him.. You could use your brain and think about the issues. Look behind all the fluff and lack of substance.

    February 6, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. Here in the UK

    No surprise when you get Republicans voting for Obama so they can rout him in November.

    February 6, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. mary

    I would like to ask the democratic candidates to answer the following question. "If you lose the popular vote but win the majority of delegates will you step down in favor of the candidate that won the popular vote?

    February 6, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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