NASHVILLE, TN – The number of voters that participated in Tuesday’s Republican Presidential Preference Primary nearly matched the record set in 2008. Over 550,000 voted in this year’s Republican Primary, compared to 90,861 that voted in the Democratic Primary.
“These turnout numbers prove that there is tremendous enthusiasm among Republicans to make President Obama a one-term President. Tennessee voters are encouraged by what all of the Republican candidates for President have to say about getting our economy back on track and our fiscal house in order,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
On the Democrat side, 11.4% voted for “Uncommitted” over President Obama as their Democrat nominee for President.
“The only enthusiasm gap that exists in this Presidential election is with Democrat voters. The fact that more than 1 out of 10 Democrats took the time to go to the polls to reject having President Obama as their nominee, should be very troubling to the Obama campaign. This does not even include the vast number of Democrats who simply sat out this election or have found a new home in the Republican Party,” said Devaney.
“Given the current state of the economy, President Obama clearly has an electability issue. We will be interested to see how the Obama campaign plans to win in November when they can’t even unite Democrats to support him as their nominee,” concluded Devaney.
Turnout By The Numbers:
-551,798 voted in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary while 90,861 voted in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary.
-11.4% (10,403) of voters in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary voted for “Uncommitted,” instead of President Obama.
-In 2004, 99,061 Republicans and 369,385 Democrats voted in the Presidential Preference Primary.