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Turnout in Historical Perspective

By Alice R. Crites
As the New Hampshire primary contest vote totals are counted later tonight and reports of high turnout continue to pour in, previous turnout figures in New Hampshire provide an interesting point of comparison.

  • In 1992, 177,970 people voted in the GOP primary, and 170,333 in the Democratic one.
  • In 1996, with an incumbent Democrat in the White House, 210,211 voted in the Republican contest, but only 93,044 in the Democratic one.
  • The year 2000 continued to see record turnout on the GOP side, with 239,523 New Hampshire voters going to the polls to vote in the Republican contest, and just 156,862 voting in the contested Democratic race.
  • By 2004, with an incumbent Republican running, the numbers flipped: 69,414 voted in the GOP contest and a record 221,309 in the Democratic primary.

    Tonight, with both GOP and Democratic races contested, overall turnout is predicted to reach an all-time high.

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    Luckily, neither Huckabee nor Romney are anti-science GOP : )

    Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

    After having thoroughly trashed the theory of evolution, the anti-science GOP will begin to attack the theory of gravity. Forget about the snow that slides off your roof and hits the ground,"after all,gravity is only a theory."

    Posted by: soonipi6 | January 8, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

    Hopefully, enough Independents and cross-over Republicans vote for Obama up through and including February 5th.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

    I hope and pray Hillary wins the nomination, but we probably won't know until after Feb 5th.

    Posted by: svreader | January 8, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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