Sub-20% Voter Turnout in Primary Election
According to WHYY only 18% of voters came out to the polls last Tuesday.
The partisan breakdown of turnout saw a larger number of Democratic voters than Republican voters go to the polls by approximately 100,000 voters. In terms of percentage of voters though a larger percent of Republicans voted, 22% compared to 19%.
The Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College Andrew Busch warns that primary turnout is not a good predictor of general election turnout.
“[It’s] influenced by a wide range of things, including who does or does not have competitive races, how many candidates are running, and even weather in different parts of the state — as well as general levels of enthusiasm that can change over the next six months,” McKenna told WHYY.