April 22nd, 2008
09:02 PM ET
10 years ago

State official: PA primary turnout approached general election levels

Clinton supporters cheer as they await her victory speech.

Clinton supporters cheer as they await her victory speech.

(CNN)—Pennsylvania’s primary day turnout approached general election levels this year, state officials said Tuesday night.

The result comes on the heels of unprecedented Democratic voter registration in the months leading up to the presidential primary.

Voters in some counties participated at double and triple the level of the previous two presidential cycles – up to 60 percent in Clinton-supporting Allegheny County - although there is little basis for comparison, since the nomination had been essentially decided by the time the 2000 and 2004 primaries were held, so both were basically uncompetitive contests.

“This primary, at least to me, has felt almost like an expedited general election that came seven months earlier,” said Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State, Pedro A. Cortes. “That’s about the best way to describe it.”

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Vig

    That's why Clinton will win the nomination – the Dems cannot take a chance on Obama. Clinton is winning the cross-section. Obama is winning the Blacks.

    April 22, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We are all democrats united and the only race is for us to go to the White House whether it's Hillary or Barack. I support Obama, but if Hillary wins that's the democrat I will support. I haven't lost my mind to vote John McCain, it's all about democrats uniting and united we can win. Vote democrat.

    April 22, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Jacqueline, NY

    With 100 mayors helping her and old people backing her, I am surprised that the margin was so slim, I don't think this is a win, I think this just gives her a little more gas to tear the Democratic party apart. She is like a bad nightmare! Maybe they should change the rules for voting, If you are a dummy, stay home!

    April 22, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Kevin from MN

    If what Hillary says is true, and she can deliver Pennsylvania and Ohio, she'd make one heck of a running mate.......

    April 22, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Richard

    Look at how many of them got out there. Way to go Hillary supporters. I am proud of you.

    April 22, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Bruce TX

    Hillary all the way, Obama, Sorry I would Vote McCain 1st! To many quoates from Him and His Pastor from Farrikan who is Very questionable!

    April 22, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. lol

    everytime i look at hillary support , i just drown myself in disbelief . They still vote for her after all the lying , dirty tactics , politic of fear , penn case . hese people are the one who cryed , complained about Nafta, iraq war . Now they voted a woman who responsible to start Nafta and voted for iraq war .WOW just WOW i guees you americans are just stupid

    April 22, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. Bill

    Since Hillary wants to keep comparing primary results to possible general election results maybe it should be noted, based on primary results to date, that even if all her supporters stayed home In November, the number of voters Obama has garnered is about four times that of all republican primary voters combined.

    April 22, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. HRC4Sure

    Clearly Clinton !!!
    Time and time again it is clear that Hillary is the candidate that can win the national election against McCain ! President Hillary Clinton and Vice President Barack Obama is the only ticket that makes sense and puts the Democratic party in a position of strength for 16 years.
    It's time for the super delegates place their support behind Hillary for the strength of the party.

    April 22, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |

    GET your own LEGACY obama.... and stop using KENNEDY's ..... YOU ARE NOT HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WAY TO GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PA LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. Bill W - PA

    Those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it. People haven't learned anything from the past 20 years, and the last time the Clintons were in the White House. The last 20 years have been Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush. And where has that gotten us? Exactly.

    April 23, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. Geri

    Jacqueline from NY...you are a very nasty person as most Obama supporters are. Name calling and especially the "old people" comment are the very core of Obama and his supporters. They all think they're better than everyone else & can say & do as they please. Just remember, if you live long enough, you also will be an "old person". Clean it up.

    April 23, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  13. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Jacqueline, NY, you are incorrect, Obama is tearing the Party because he is not ready for the President, he is trying to buy the nomination with money, it doesn't work that way and never win General Election. Hillary was elected by NY Citizen twice, you think 70% of NY voters are dummy, why don't you move out to IL and vote Obama for the IL Governor? I love NY, you are my nightmare, Shame on you.

    April 23, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |