CBS Chicago was out early with this dire assessment:
Voter Turnout Extremely Low For Illinois Primary
Turnout for Tuesday’s Illinois primary in Chicago was a meager 24 percent, officials said. It was the lowest turnout for a presidential primary in the past 70 years. Election officials said a lack of contested races was behind the lackluster activity at the polls.The meme continues today. The AP, using the Washington Post as a propaganda platform, doubles down:
“It’s very, very disappointing,” said Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. “I think what it indicates is that a lack of a contest on the Democratic side at the top of the ticket really did cause our voters not to be engaged in this election.”
Mitt Romney’s methodical accumulation of Republican delegates is no thing of beauty, and the public is reacting in kind. The 2012 presidential race thus far is drawing rather tepid interest despite high stakes that include pivotal decisions about the weak economy and the fate of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul.This is criminal, dishonest journalism. Why? Because Republicans generally are turned out in larger numbers this year than they did in 2008.
Generally speaking, voter turnout, political fundraising and public curiosity are down compared with four years ago, when John McCain pulled away from Romney and others to secure the GOP nomination.
Unlike the morons at CBS, I can add. Let’s start with Illinois. I just ran the numbers for 2008 and Republicans cast a total of 899,422 votes. Today (as I write 99% of the votes are in) more than 917,046 Republicans turned out to vote.
How about Michigan? In 2008 there were 869,169. In 2012? 997,172.
Ohio? There were 1,062,276 votes in 2008 compared to 1,203,403. (CONTINUES HERE)