Excitement converts to more voters, proves the Democrats during this Presidential primary race. In the New Hampshire, Iowa, Michigan, and Nevada where both parties held primaries on the same day, Democrats set records for voter numbers and drastically went over Republican numbers. South Carolina was especially big for the Dems, where nearly twice as many voted than in 2004.
Democrats are just enjoying this election so much more too. There is more general support for the candidates than Republicans have for theirs, lots of money is being raised, and the intensity between Obama and Clinton is contagious.
“I think it’s real,” said Gary C. Jacobson, a political scientist at the University of California, San Diego. “Turnout and various poll data suggest Democrats are more eager to vote and happier with their choice set than Republicans. I think it reflects an eagerness to get the Bush administration behind them.”
Whatever the cause, it’s been encouraging so far to see such enthusiasm and turn out, showing that this country really is ready for a new administration.
High Enthusiasm Propels Democratic Voters – [New York Times]