GOFFSTOWN, NH - JANUARY 10: A poll worker holds up the voting booth curtain for a New Hampshire voter on January 10, 2012 at Goffstown High School in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Voters in New Hampshire headed to the polls in the nation's first primary election to pick their choice for a U.S. presidential candidate. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
Republican turnout outpaced Democrats by more than 5,000 registered voters.
The turnout breaks down into percentages as follows:
- 39 percent Republican
- 37 percent Democrat
- 24 percent Unaffiliated/Other
It's impossible to know how any of these people actually voted until the votes are tallied. The number of unaffiliated/other voters makes it impossible to draw conclusions about which presidential candidate may be ahead at this point.
However, the numbers can be a helpful indicator of the enthusiasm of each party's base.
The Secretary of State's office is expected to release another report on Friday.
Both major Presidential campaigns are focused on their ground games in Colorado, turning supporters out to the polls.
By contrast, the report released about this time in the 2008 election showed heavier turnout by Democrats, though overall turnout was much lower, with only 85,000 ballots cast.
The breakdown on Oct. 23, 2008 was:
- 40 percent Democrat
- 33 percent Republican
- 27 percent Unaffiliated/Other
See the full 2008 statistical report here.
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