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Darien Turnout in Primary Was 24.9 Percent

Darien's turnout in the statewide primaries on Aug. 14 was almost 25 percent, higher than the statewide total.

Darien's turnout in was higher than the state's, both for Democrats and Republicans, and overall statewide more Republicans than Democrats came out to vote.

A total of 113,538 registered Republicans cast ballots in last week’s primaries and with 409,723 active registered Republicans in the state, turnout for Republicans in the primary was 27.7 percent statewide, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reported Thursday.

Democrats lagged behind the GOP in the primary turnout. With 138,004 registered Democrats cast ballots in the primary, out of a total of 717,241 active registered Democrats in the state. That represents a turnout of 19.2 percent statewide for Democrats.

The turnout figures are slightly below normal for Democrats and slightly above normal for Republicans in a statewide primary, Merrill said in a press release she issued Thursday on the turnout figures.

“Democrats and Republicans throughout Connecticut had their voices heard and made a choice about who will represent their parties on the ballot in November,” Merrill said. “As we start down the road to the general election, I urge all those who are eligible to register to vote, research the candidates, and come out on November 6 to cast a ballot. Since Connecticut’s primaries moved to August, a higher percentage of party members have shown up to vote. Still, the names on the ballot and current events drive turnout more than the date of the election; 2006 was a perfect example of this.”

Turnout in Guilford lagged behind the state figures, according to local registrars, though the pattern was the same: More Republicans came out to vote than Democrats.

Only 25 percent of Republicans cast ballots here, compared to 18 percent of Democrats.

In August of 2010 Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut held gubernatorial primaries and those contests saw 24.88 percent of Democrats turn out for the primary compared to 29.76 of Republicans, Merrill reported.

The primary in the Fifth Congressional District this year, which was highly contentious and focused often on allegations that campaign workers for sought to keep secret some campaign donors, saw the highest voter turnout, with 32.3 percent of Republicans and 23.5 percent of Democrats casting ballots. The town with the highest voter turnout percentage in the primary was Goshen, where 59.4 percent of registered Republicans voted. Plainfield had the lowest voter turnout, with just 11.3 percent of registered Democrats casting ballots.

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SIDEBAR: Final numbers for Darien in the primary,

This table compares Darien with New Canaan and Connecticut as a whole:

Town/

State

Regis-

tered

Dems

Primary

Turn-

out

%

Turn-

out

Regis-

tered

GOP

Primary

Turnout

%

Turnout

Total on

Active

Enroll-

ment

List

Total

 

 

Voted

Total

%

Turn-

out

Darien 2,320 375 16.2% 6,052 1,712 28.3% 8,372 2,087 24.9%

New

Canaan

2,489 392 15.7% 6,465 1,736 26.9% 8,954 2,128 23.8% CT 717,241 138,004 19.2% 409,723 113,538 27.7% 1,126,964 251,542 22.3%

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You can see a town-by-town listing of the turnout results above.

Historical Primary Data

Date Democrats Republicans 8/14/12 19.20% 27.7% 8/10/10 24.88% 29.76% 8/8/06 42.64% N/A 9/15/98 18.70% N/A 9/13/94 25.90% 25.10% 9/15/92 n/a                        22.20% 9/11/90 20.40% N/A 9/9/86 n/a 21.4%

Turnout by District

 

Turnout Democrats

Turnout Republicans

Total Turnout

1st Congressional District Total

19.1%

27.9%

21.7%

2nd Congressional District Total

18.8%

26.2%

21.8%

3rd Congressional District Total

18.0%

24.1%

19.7%

4th Congressional District Total

17.4%

26.9%

21.4%

5th Congressional District Total

23.5%

32.3%

27.2%

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MAC August 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM
"2016: Obama's America" is a must-see for those not wanting to be part the "moron vote" in November. "2016: Obama's America" is showing this weekend in Bridgeport at Showcase Cinemas, in Norwalk at the Bow Tie Royale, and at about a dozen other theaters around the state as found below: http://www.2016themovie.com/theaters/?state=CT "Mr. Obama is casting his net for the moron vote. I do not believe there are enough morons out there to re-elect him." Read more: TYRRELL: Obama's looking for the moron vote - Washington Times I agree with R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. that "there are [not] enough morons out there to re-elect him," because of what this Patch article reveals about the great lack of enthusiasm now for their candidates, after their blatant failures with employment and the Economy, Also, Millions of Americans are 'waking up' and realizing their grave mistake in voting for Obama in 2008. This is affirmed by 1) Romney's huge fundraising success compared to Obama's desperation over his donations being way down. 2) The size of the crowds at their appearances, which are now embarrassingly SMALL for "the one" 3) People are apologizing for their votes for Obama to their better informed friends, and to luminaries such as Rush Limbaugh and Mayor Giuliani--both of which I heard on WABC just this afternoon.
MAC August 25, 2012 at 05:38 PM
"2016: Obama's America" is now the #1 box office movie in the U.S.! Don't miss it folks. It might be a "limited engagement," but is showing this weekend at the theaters found in the link above. We saw it last night--and the movie is riveting! I knew much of what is in it from reading Dinesh D'Souza's book "The Roots of Obama's Rage." In "2016: Obama's America" you will see not only Obama's unique background revealed, and his mentoring by communists and other radicals, but how he USED Americans' desire for fairness and to prove they were not racist, to hoodwink them into electing him to the most powerful office in the world. D'Souza also has a new book out: "Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream." "America as we know it—wealthy, powerful, assertive—is not what Obama wants. "He wants a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America happy to be one power among many, an America in decline so that other nations might rise—all in the name of global fairness. To Obama, the hated 'one percent' isn’t just wealthy Americans; it is America itself. In Obama’s view, America needs to be taken down a notch."... http://www.dineshdsouza.com/books/obamas-america/ Btw, Obama has been endorsed by the Communist Party USA.

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