Democrats See a Surge in Voter Turnout
In this last month, Democrats broke turnout records, making party leaders optimistic about the upcoming November elections.
In particular, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin saw much more Democrats at the voting polls. In Kansas and Colorado, the turnout from this party at least doubled since the last midterm elections.
“In Michigan, where there’s a highly competitive governor’s race, Republicans saw their primary turnout go from about 618,000 in 2014 to 985,000 this year, an increase of 60 percent. But Democrats went from about 513,000 to more than 1.1 million, up about 120 percent,” writes The Washington Times. “Minnesota was another clear win for Democrats, with turnout soaring to nearly 583,000, up from just 191,000 four years ago. GOP turnout, meanwhile, went from 184,000 to 320,000.”
“You are seeing a huge turnout in every race from dog catcher to governor,” said Jared Leopold, spokesman of the Democratic Governors Association to The Washington Times. “That sign bodes well for November.”
According to John Couvillion, a pollster and political strategist, Democratic turnout has increased by 82 percent from 2014. While the GOP turnout increased by 24 percent since 2014.
“Democratic turnout has risen more sharply than Republican turnout in at least 123 congressional districts, including districts where Republican incumbents are most vulnerable, in states like California and New Jersey,” writes The New York Times.
Rick Gorka, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, pointed out that Republican voters show up to the polls when it counts, like during House races.
“Republicans have won nearly every high-profile special election this cycle,” said Gorka. “If Democrats want to point to turnouts in primaries and hang their hats on moral victories, that is fine. Republicans will point to our electoral wins when the results actually mattered.”
President Donald Trump sn’t too concerned about the midterm elections either.
“As long as I can get out and campaign, I think they’re going to win, I really do,” said Trump to The Wall Street Journal last week. “It’s a lot of work for me. I have to make 50 stops, it’s a lot. So, there aren’t a lot of people that can do that, physically. Fortunately, I have no problem with that.”
Author’s note: It looks like it will be a big fight in November. But with Trump traveling and campaigning for the GOP, we should still see a big turnout on both sides.