The GOP enthusiasm advantage — in Georgia and elsewhere

Over at The Fix, the political website for the Washington Post, they’re talking about the enthusiasm advantage that Republicans are displaying in summer primaries:

Raw voter data backs up the polling. A three million-voter advantage for Democrats in the 2006 midterm primaries has turned into a three million-voter overall advantage for the GOP now.

And numbers compiled by Republicans show the percentage of voters taking part in GOP primaries has reached a two-decade high in more than half of the 37 states holding primaries so far this year.

Examinations of states with competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate included this:

In Georgia, Republican turnout was 63 percent of the total vote in the governor’s primary, where the GOP battle was, notably, much closer than former Gov. Roy Barnes’s Democratic primary win.

Still, the relative GOP turnout was more than 10 points higher than it was in both the 2008 presidential primary and the open Senate race won by Johnny Isakson (R) in 2004.

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter, or connect with me on Facebook.

23 comments Add your comment


August 23rd, 2010
5:12 pm

I voted in the Republican primary to get rid of people I didn’t like. I was hoping to get rid of Deal, but that didn’t happen. I won’t be voting for him in November. Roy will get my vote.

The Snark

August 23rd, 2010
6:50 pm

Save your “hell” for the video game console, Southern Night. This is my country you’re talking about, not some battlefield for your partisan fantasies. If you want to give another political party hell, them move to Somalia. Get rid of the apolaclyptic rhetoric and try to remember that self-government is not a game.

The Goobernator

August 23rd, 2010
7:11 pm

@Southern Knight. Your comments remind me of what the Republicans have done. None of the crap you mentioned just happened since 2009, nor was it solely by Democrats.

Incumbents R on the bubble

August 23rd, 2010
8:09 pm

Conservatives are giddy that the worm will turn this November. Incumbents however are the endangered species. I can see a reversal of fortune based on a tired and irritated public that wants a spring cleaning of sorts in DC. The offset of Dem vs GOP will negate any big surge by either side. If you’re a good old boy politician that’s been sliding by on as little effort as possible you may need to update that resume because your days are numbered, just ask Handal and Oxendine.

Independent Observer

August 23rd, 2010
8:49 pm

Deal expressed doubts about Obama’s birth certificate. Is he still spending time on this? I see he will have his priorities backward from the start. We don’t need that. Deal is a quack.


August 23rd, 2010
8:50 pm

Southern Knight of what?

Jeff Pruett

August 23rd, 2010
9:00 pm


August 23rd, 2010
9:10 pm

The Republican sleaze job trying to equate Barnes to Obama, and making apology a dirty word, is so creepily absurd as to insult the intelligence of every Georgian.

Bobby Anthony

August 23rd, 2010
9:31 pm

I voted as a Democrat in the primary. I will vote for Democrats in the general election except for governor. I will be voting against Roy Barnes.


August 23rd, 2010
9:34 pm

Fool me once….sorry but Roy had his chance. No second chances after failure. Same goes for Nancy and Harry as well. Policies failed. Get the broom out and clean the House…and the Senate too.

Ooh La Lah

August 23rd, 2010
9:35 pm

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

W. B. Yeats

Teacher who remembers

August 23rd, 2010
9:44 pm

I am not voting for King Rat–and I don’t care what GAE does. They do not speak for me. I don’t pay any attention to what they say or who they endorse–never have.

GOP Voters More Excited. — Peach Pundit

August 23rd, 2010
11:25 pm

[...] “The Fix” at Washington Post has noticed and provides some data to examine. (hat tip: Political Insider) In Georgia, Republican turnout was 63 percent of the total vote in the governor’s primary, where [...]


August 24th, 2010
8:36 am

I am disappointed by the DNC. They seem to be asleep at the wheel. How can they have failed to link the “Drill Baby Drill” chants at the RNC to the oil spill? This is bush league stuff here.


August 24th, 2010
9:01 am

We are LEGION and we are MOTIVATED and we are OF THE LORD!!11!!!!!!1

You are either with us or against us Democrats – you have to choose so we can mark you accordingly. We will truck no foolishness once we regain power and if you cross THE WILL OF THE LORD we will SMITE YOU.


Prepare to BURN!!11!!!1!

And also, we lost one round but the price wasn’t anything, so WE’RE BACK.

Capitol Hack

August 24th, 2010
9:25 am

@Teacher Who Remembers: Maybe you need to work on your short term memory a little more and let the grudges of the past go. Who was better for teachers? Roy or Sonny? Did any of the $3 billion cut to education in the past 8 years come out of your classroom? So Roy made you mad with his pay for performance proposal, but it’s time to forgive and forget and move on for the good of the children.

Us vs Us

August 24th, 2010
10:02 am

Fred, you have mental issues. Now go upstairs, your Mommy has some cookies and milk for you so you can take your Riddlin without messing on the short bus again.


August 24th, 2010
10:42 am

Us vs Us: For your INFORMATION I do not need drugs to see the TRUTH!!

Ritalin usage in this household is limited to MY KIDS!!1!!

Once we get the Peachcare paperwork completed, MY KIDS will have some so they can CONCENTRATE!!1!!




August 24th, 2010
10:42 am

Let’s see if I understand this, Teacher Who Remembers, Fred and Bobby Anthony. You would knowingly vote a crook like Nathan Deal as our next Governor than a non-corrupt Barnes who, like man should, admitted he made mistakes? You epitomize what American politics has come to. You vote ideology over common sense and morality. One can say many things about Roy Barnes, but the one thing that can NEVER be said about him is that he’s corrupt. Now, Nathan Deal is an entirely different story. He’s been a crook, he’s still a crook, and he will continue to be a crook. By the way, check with Dan McLagan and Karen Handel. They spent most of their time during the Republican primary calling Deal “a corrupt relic of Washington, D.C.” I wouldn’t exactly call those comments an endorsement.

And, Teacher Who Remembers, how much money did Roy Barnes take out of your pocket through furloughs like $onny did? Now, $onny made sure of two things while he was in office: (1) he’d take care of his friends in the form of tax exemptions which Georgia’s middle class (teachers?) paid for and (2) he took care of himself through tax laws and land purchases and having DOT road projects moved to enhance the value of his property. You must be a very foolish person.

Innocent Bystander

August 24th, 2010
3:49 pm

Roy is the answer! He will single-handedly create jobs and eliminate unemployment. He will melt down the gold on the capitol and use it to feed the poor! He will end teacher furloughs and give raises to all of them! He leadeth us by the still waters and restoreth our souls.

Wait a minute! I got him confused with someone else!

Maybe that’s what he intended me to do?

Innocent Bystander

August 24th, 2010
3:51 pm

Fred, I need a hit of your Ritalin!

Innocent Bystander

August 24th, 2010
4:24 pm


August 24th, 2010
4:28 pm

IB: Like the song!!!

The BUTTERFACE needs to go though.

And also, ROCK OUT FOR JESUS!!11!!!