Election 2012

Chart of the Day

Only 33,000 Republicans turned out to vote in this weekend's Nevada caucus. That's less than 10% of the 400,000 registered Republicans in Nevada. And for comparison's sake, 116,000 Democrats voted in the 2008 Nevada Democratic caucus.

Chief Romney surrogate John Sununu claims the low turnout is because people are happy with Romney.

SUNUNU: In an odd sense when turnout is down, contrary to what you are hearing, people are satisfied with the winning and the candidate that’s winning. They are satisfied with Mitt Romney.

Even if Sununu is correct, I don't think that's necessarily a good thing for Republicans. This "meh Romney" lack of enthusiasm will likely carry over to the general election. An election wherein their dislike of President Obama won't be enough by itself to compel voters. And let's face it, President Obama's secret-Muslim, socialist, Marxist, communist heritage is all they have to run on. Again.

  • i_am_allwrite

    Sununu apparently doesn’t realize that the problem isn’t people thinking the glass is half empty. I think most Republicans realize the glass is half-full–of piss, and no one wants to take a sip.

  • http://mdblanche.myopenid.com/ mdblanche

    There has been one exception so far. In SC Republican turnout was up 20%. It was also the only contest where Willard lost decisively. Coincidence, Mr. Sununu?

    • http://www.osborneink.com OsborneInk

      All the more reason not to count Newt out until after the Southern states take part in Super Tuesday. He stirs the wingnuts to excitement with all that pandering nastiness, and they turn out for him.

      • stacib23

        I don’t know – he may be losing his biggest supporter. The Sheldon dude was making eyes at Romney this past weekend. That should really piss-off old Newt.