Republicans Outvote Democrats in Primary

More than 25 percent of Republicans here voted in the primary Aug. 14, compared to 22 percent of Democrats.

More Republicans than Democrats came out to vote Aug. 14 in Connecticut’s statewide primaries.  

A total of 113,538 registered Republicans cast ballots in last week’s primaries and with 409,723 active registered Republicans in the state, turnout for Republicans in the primary was 27.7 percent statewide, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reported Thursday.

Democrats lagged behind the GOP in the primary turnout. With 138,004 registered Democrats cast ballots in the primary, out of a total of 717,241 active registered Democrats in the state. That represents a turnout of 19.2 percent statewide for Democrats.

The turnout figures are slightly below normal for Democrats and slightly above normal for Republicans in a statewide primary, Merrill said in a press release she issued Thursday on the turnout figures.

“Democrats and Republicans throughout Connecticut had their voices heard and made a choice about who will represent their parties on the ballot in November,” Merrill said. “As we start down the road to the general election, I urge all those who are eligible to register to vote, research the candidates, and come out on November 6 to cast a ballot."

In August of 2010 Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut held gubernatorial primaries and those contests saw 24.88 percent of Democrats turn out for the primary compared to 29.76 of Republicans, Merrill reported.

The primary in the Fifth Congressional District this year, which was highly contentious and focused often on allegations that campaign workers for sought to keep secret some campaign donors, saw the highest voter turnout, with 32.3 percent of Republicans and 23.5 percent of Democrats casting ballots. The town with the highest voter turnout percentage in the primary was Goshen, where 59.4 percent of registered Republicans voted. Plainfield had the lowest voter turnout, with just 11.3 percent of registered Democrats casting ballots.

Historical Primary Data

Date Democrats Republicans 8/14/12 19.20% 27.7% 8/10/10 24.88% 29.76% 8/8/06 42.64% N/A 9/15/98 18.70% N/A 9/13/94 25.90% 25.10% 9/15/92 n/a                        22.20% 9/11/90 20.40% N/A 9/9/86 n/a 21.4%

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MAC August 24, 2012 at 09:46 PM
"2016: Obama's America" is a must-see for those not wanting to be part of the "moron vote" in November. "2016: Obama's America" is showing this weekend in Danbury at Loews 16, in Waterbury at Brass Mill Stadium 12, and at about a dozen other theaters around the state as found below: http://www.2016themovie.com/theaters/?state=CT "Mr. Obama is casting his net for the moron vote. I do not believe there are enough morons out there to re-elect him." Read more: TYRRELL: Obama's looking for the moron vote - Washington Times I agree with R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. that "there are [not] enough morons out there to re-elect him," because of what this Patch article reveals about the great lack of enthusiasm now for their candidates, after their blatant failures with employment and the Economy. Also, Millions of Americans are 'waking up' and realizing their grave mistake in voting for Obama in 2008. This is affirmed by 1) Romney's huge fundraising success compared to Obama's desperation over his donations being way down. 2) The size of the crowds at their appearances, which are now embarrassingly SMALL for "the one" 3) People are apologizing for their votes for Obama to their better informed friends, and to luminaries such as Rush Limbaugh and Mayor Giuliani--both of which I heard on WABC just this afternoon.
G August 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Speaking of morons - How do you keep a moron in suspense?
Clare August 25, 2012 at 01:48 AM
"LUMINARIES" such as Rush Limbaugh and Mayor Giuliani. LMAO
Guido Sarducci Jr August 25, 2012 at 02:26 AM
does Luminaries + IDIOTS ? Sure seems that way! I can't think of 2 bigger assholes! luminaries such as Rush Limbaugh and Mayor Giuliani
Big Family August 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM
And so it goes with left, unable to respond with anything of substance they are left with "assholes and idiots" well done, well done.
DAY August 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Definition of "luminary": a person of prominence or brilliant achievement. Definition of "prominence": The state of being important or famous. (Love them or hate them, Limbaugh and Giuliani meet those definitions). Definition of Clare and Guido Sarducci Jr.: vulgarians and intellectually dishonest.
Clare August 25, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I have a life and just don't have the time to respond to every little whine Mac has. However, Rush Limbaugh is a misogynistic, racist, drug addict that republicans revere, follow slavishly and are totally afraid of. That's the sad state of the once proud "Party of Lincoln" which is now the "Party of Bachmann". LOL
Big Family August 25, 2012 at 07:01 PM
"Misogynistic, racist, drug addit" All very substantive Clare but you forgot to say that his mother wears combat boots. When I read your posts I always picture Nancy polosi. Now that's SAD. LOL.
MAC August 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
"2016: Obama's America" is now the #1 box office movie in the U.S.! Don't miss it folks. It might be a "limited engagement," but is showing this weekend at the theaters found in this link: http://www.2016themovie.com/theaters/?state=CT We saw it last night--and the movie is riveting! I knew much of what is in it from reading Dinesh D'Souza's book "The Roots of Obama's Rage." In "2016: Obama's America" you will see not only Obama's unique background revealed, and his mentoring by communists and other radicals, but how he USED Americans' desire for fairness and to prove they were not racist, to hoodwink them into electing him to the most powerful office in the world. D'Souza also has a new book out: "Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream." "America as we know it—wealthy, powerful, assertive—is not what Obama wants. "He wants a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America happy to be one power among many, an America in decline so that other nations might rise—all in the name of global fairness. To Obama, the hated 'one percent' isn’t just wealthy Americans; it is America itself. In Obama’s view, America needs to be taken down a notch."... http://www.dineshdsouza.com/books/obamas-america/ Btw, Obama has been endorsed by the Communist Party USA.
Clare August 25, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Why, Thank you Big Family. I take that as a great compliment. Who knew you could be so sweet!
Clare August 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
MAC, you need to stop reading those right wing rags you're so fond of. The Communist Party USA did NOT endorse Obama. I the real world, unlike yours, the Communist Party doesn't endorse anybody. Get it together or get out. **yawn**
Big Family August 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Clare you sound surprised, I only ment it as a compliment, I mean who wouldn't? And just so you know, everybody thinks I'm sweet.
Clare August 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Ahhh, Big Family. You're hiding your light under a bushel, for sure.
Big Family August 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM
And Clare your goat has wings so let him fly.
Alex Tytler August 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Actually they did. http://www.cpusa.org Are you a communist Clare? It shouldn't be a dirty word for you. It is the ultimate progressive form of socialism. In terms of millions slaughtered to achieve an end they, are way ahead of everybody else. Tens of millions in the name of social justice. Are you on board with that?
MAC August 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Alex, did you see DeLauro's bff, state CP chair for CT Joelle Fishman on the communist party site? http://www.cpusa.org/joelle-fishman Wayne Winsley, navy vet, very articulate and intelligent man of INTEGRITY is the terrific candidate we have running against DeLauro in the 3rd CD. Have you met him? We all need to spread the word, donate to his campaign and volunteer to help in any way--introduce him to your centers of influence, etc., to replace the incompetent career politician DeLauro. Those who agree about DeLauro and would like to help this exciting campaign can go to: http://www.winsleyforcongress.com/          to donate, and to volunteer, as well as get tickets to: Stand-Up For A Change Event On Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at 7:30 PM an evening of comedy in support of Wayne Winsley for Congress will be held at The Palace Theater in Danbury, CT.
Clare August 26, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Who said I was a communist? Just because I was able to Google "Who did the Communist Party endorsed for president"? Apparently this is way too much trouble for you nutcases. What's wrong with you right wing Conservatives? You don't know the difference between Communism, Fascism, Socialism or Democracy. You just throw these terms around without having any knowledge of their meanings. Nobody had any respect for your beliefs. You are all jokes. Start reading for a change and don't just swallow what Fox "News" tells you. You guys are so sad.....and funny as all get out.
Big Family August 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Clare, Again you prove my point, "nutcases, you are all jokes" as soon as you run out of concise, meaningful thoughts the left turn to name calling and hot air. thank you Clare and keep up the good work. P.S. Christine, your standards?
Clare August 26, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Big Family, I like that you ignore everything else and just fixate on "nutcases, you are all jokes". If you can't respond to anything else, just give it up.
Clare August 26, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Kiss, kiss.
Clare August 26, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Do you know how to use Googel????? Type in "Who did the Communist Party endorsed for president". It's not hard, ever for you. Life can be so easy if you just THINK ON YOUR OWN and not what the party tells you to think. Try it!
Big Family August 26, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Clare, the rest was hot air, I don't know I thought I was clear. Do you have those definitions of communisum, fascism, socialisum or Democracy? I'd like to hear your versions.
Big Family August 26, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Clare I would like to take a side bar for a moment and Thank You for not posting further on the other article. Thanks again Clare.


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