2008 Turnout Virtually Identical To 2004 Turnout

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Voting

Two days ago I asked the question “Where are the 130M votes?”

Well, it seems like my basic math skills beat the predictions.

2004 Vote Total: 121,069,054
2008 Vote Total: 122,145,887

That’s a far cry from the projections of 130M+ we were told on Wednesday, and even with all the absentee and provisional ballots floating around out there, I doubt we’ll see any total larger than 123M.

The reason why Obama won by 7% is that he was able to turn out a lot more Dems and voters who had never gone to the polls. So it was basically 2004 again, only the Get-Out-The-Vote brilliance was on the side of the Dems. Looks like McCain could have used a little more Karl Rove in his GOTV efforts.

More here.

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2 Responses to “2008 Turnout Virtually Identical To 2004 Turnout”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    While the numbers may not reflect it, this election has ignited the passions of more people then we have seen in years. The best way we can continue on this mission of reinvigorating pride and interest in our nation is to take pride in our communities. Volunteering for a cause that you care about or an organization that helps those less fortunate is the quickest way to rebuild the spirit of our towns and cities. At volunteermatch.org you can find links to over 60,000 nonprofit groups nationwide. Every year millions of people visit the site to find a way to become involved in their community. Whatever your passion may be, there is an opportunity out there for you.

  2. Bob Aman Says:

    Interesting. I talked to the election workers at my polling place and they said it was the busiest they’d seen it in years. So there perhaps there was high turnout in some areas and low turnout in others?

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