It's said that Democrats win elections when their supporters truly turnout the vote and that Republicans win when overall voter turnout is low. Unsettling for Democrats then that Republicans are setting records with massive voter turnout in the current election. The Washington Times reports:
Republicans set a new turnout record Tuesday in New Hampshire’s primary, attracting more than a quarter of a million voters to the polls and offering evidence that most of the energy in the 2016 presidential race continues to be on the GOP side.
Democrats saw a strong turnout, but their two-person race couldn’t recapture the magic of the 2008 battle between Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama — a race that presaged Mr. Obama’s eventual cruise to victory in November.
Instead, this year it is Republicans who set a record. More than 263,000 votes had been recorded as of Wednesday morning, and 11 percent of precincts still had yet to report in. That puts the GOP above its own 2012 record of 248,000, and well within striking distance of the all-time record for either party, the nearly 290,000 votes cast in that 2008 Democratic primary.
The New Hampshire results follow last week’s Iowa caucus turnout, where Republicans easily outdistanced Democrats by more than 50 percent.
Democrats claim to be happy with their voter turnout, but it's difficult to believe that is entirely true.
As suspected, exit polls reveal that the greatest percentage of voters cast their ballots for the two presidential outliers -- Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders. In fact, many of those polled claim to be first-time voters. This is not so different than in 2008, when many first-time voters came out in support of Barack Obama.
Both Sanders and Trump are capturing the kind of people who often sit home when more conventional, establishment-candidates are on offer. This signals additional problems for Clinton, who has tried and clearly failed to persuade the public that she is not a member of the Democrat-establishment.