RNC - Union Leader: NH Primary set record for GOP turnout

Note:  Gardner said that 60,996 voted in the Democratic primary, far short of the 75,000 he had predicted. Of those, 49,480, or 81 percent voted for President Barack Obama. He noted that in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for reelection uncontested, there were about 93,000 votes cast in the Democratic primary, which was 82 percent of the votes cast.

Primary set record for GOP turnout

Union Leader

John DiStaso

January 12, 2012

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A GOP RECORD. Voter turnout Tuesday set a record for a Republican presidential primary but fell short of the Democrats' turnout record set four years ago.

The Secretary of State's office released county, city and town summaries showing that 247,223 votes were cast for candidates on the Republican ballot.

That's a turnout of 45 percent of the 546,411 names of Republican and undeclared voters on the Jan. 4 checklist.

Democrats are not eligible to vote in the GOP primary, just as registered Republicans cannot vote in a Democratic primary. Undeclared, or independent, voters can vote in either primary.

As of Jan. 4, there were 314,278 undeclared voters and 232,133 Republican voters on the checklist, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said.

Gardner said that when the few blank ballots cast in the GOP primary are counted, the number will be closer to the 250,000 he had predicted, but will fall just short.

Still, said Gardner, it's a record for a Republican presidential primary. The previous high in a Republican primary came in 2008, when 241,039 GOP votes were cast.

Gardner said Democrats set the record for turnout in 2008, when 288,672 votes were cast.

Gardner said that 60,996 voted in the Democratic primary, far short of the 75,000 he had predicted. Of those, 49,480, or 81 percent voted for President Barack Obama. He noted that in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for reelection uncontested, there were about 93,000 votes cast in the Democratic primary, which was 82 percent of the votes cast.

That's better than the 78 percent George W. Bush received in 2004, when he received 69,414 votes

Obama, by the way, received 282 write-in votes on the GOP ballot.