2012 Election in North Carolina

Some interesting stats from the 2012 Presidential election:

A new analysis of voter turnout data for the November 2012 election proves North Carolina has earned its reputation as a swing state.

Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney evenly split the 10 counties with the highest turnout. Beaufort, Davie, Greene, Moore and Person voted for Romney, while Chatham, Granville, Hertford, Wake and Warren voted for Obama.

Living in Raleigh I’m disappointed that Wake county broke for Obama.  However, I continue to take immense pleasure that we were the one battle ground state that Romney carried.

More tidbits:

  • Overall, turnout in 2012 was 68.3 percent – down slightly from 69.6 percent in 2008.
  • Republican women picked up a percentage point, from 72.3 percent in 2008 to 73.4 percent in 2012.
  • GOP men made an even bigger gain, from 70.7 to 72.2 percent.
  • The number of registered Democrats who voted in 2012 actually dropped by nearly 53,000, even though the party added about 8,800 registered voters since 2008.
  • Turnout among black voters dropped slightly, from 71.9 to 70.3 percent, that’s in line with the drop in overall turnout.
  • Turnout for voters 18-25 dropped by more than 5 percent from 2008
  • [Hispanic] turnout was 4.9 percent lower than in 2008.
  • Senior citizens … picked up 4.2 percent at the polls, with a 2012 turnout of 76.6 percent – the highest of any demographic group.

With a commanding majority in the state political picture, it’ll be interesting to see how the republicans govern and lead the state for the next two years.

2 responses to “2012 Election in North Carolina

  1. I would imagine the GOP will be taking a really close look at NC, given that it was the only state other than Indiana to flip. At the same time, given how close NC was last time around, and that Obama’s support fell a fe percentage points in many states, I’m not sure there are all that many national lessons to learn here.

    • I would imagine the GOP will be taking a really close look at NC, given that it was the only state other than Indiana to flip. At the same time, given how close NC was last time around, and that Obama’s support fell a fe percentage points in many states, I’m not sure there are all that many national lessons to learn here.

      I think that this hurts republicans in North Carolina.

      The governor’s race was, in essence, a repeat of 2008 when Bev Purdue won. Her opponent back then ran again in 2012. But this time, she was so upside down in the polling she didn’t run; her lieutenant governor did. THEN the democrat party here in NC had a sexual abuse case between the chairmen and one of his male staffers. He resigned, but after a brutal in party debate, they voted to reject his resignation.

      The democrat party here in NC is in an epic mess.

      Plus, just a few months before the elections in November we had a constitutional amendment vote that defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman, so ALL the churches were full court press on that issue, so it’s possible Obama lost votes in NC because of his stance on gay marriage.

      So no, I don’t think NC broke Romney because of some good decisions. However, I think the NC GOP will make epic errors by believing they are just too smart….

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