SC primary voter turnout: GOP vs. Democratic

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Tuesday, also known as “Super Tuesday”, was the biggest day of the 2016 primary season.

Millions of voters in about a dozen states are making their voices heard.

While the focus was on other states, South Carolina voters lined up at the polls the past two weekends.

In fact, the republican presidential primary had a larger turnout than the democratic primary.

“Well I think it’s pretty straight forward.  They started out with 17 candidates, so it gets windowed down to 6 is still a lot of candidates,” said Dr. David White, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Francis Marion University.

If you compare the numbers in our area in both Florence and Horry County, during GOP primary Florence had 18,287 voters to come out to the polls.   In Horry 54,591 people voted.

However, in the democratic race 12,164 people voted in Florence County and almost 16,886 in Horry.

The over 368,000 votes cast statewide is the lowest since the 2008 democratic primary.

“If people aren’t sure who is going to win, that’ll get more people to come out and vote,” White explained.

White doesn’t think the voter turnout in both primaries will automatically happen again in the general election in November.

For a closer look at the voter turnout breakdown head to the South Carolina State Election Commission’s website.

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