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.
- 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.