HARRISBURG – Nearly 757,000 more Republicans and 683,000 fewer Democrats voted in the last Tuesday’s election compared to the 2008 Primary, according to the latest numbers from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The drastic shift in voter turnout follows news of historic gains in voter registration for the Grand Old Party in the Keystone State. Since Election Day 2015, 145,700 Pennsylvanians have registered as Republicans, including 61,543 Democrat party-switchers.
“Enthusiasm in the Keystone State is clearly on the side of the Republican Party,” Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason said. “Pennsylvanians are clearly tired of paying for the failures of the Obama-Clinton agenda, so it’s not surprising they’re ditching Hillary Clinton in droves.
“Pennsylvania Republicans have a terrific slate of candidates, including Senator Pat Toomey, Attorney General candidate John Rafferty, Auditor General candidate John Brown, Treasurer candidate Otto Voit and our wonderful Congressional, State Senate and State House nominees. From our historic voter registration numbers to our massive gains in turnout during our Primary Election, Pennsylvania Republicans are surging as we head into the General Election.”
Some additional facts from the Pennsylvania Department of State:
More Than Half of Republicans Turned Out on Primary Day…
Republican turnout in the 2016 Primary Election reached 50.1% according to the latest statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of State. (PA Department of State, “Election Returns,” Accessed 5/2/2016)
While Hillary Fatigue Set In With PA Democrats
Democrat turnout in the 2016 Primary Election reached 40.5%, with Hillary Clinton receiving 360,000 fewer votes in 2016 than she received in 2008. (PA Department of State, “Election Returns,” Accessed 5/2/2016)
#PASEN: Toomey Received 667,000 More Votes Than Ethically-Challenged Liberal Insider Katie McGinty
Tom Wolf’s former Chief of Staff also received about 667,000 fewer votes than Senator Pat Toomey. (PA Department of State, “Election Returns,” Accessed 5/2/2016)
Despite outside groups spending $4.86 million on her campaign, Katie McGinty received 43% of the vote. (Andrea Drusch, “Closing McGinty Ad Features Obama,” The Hotline, 4/25/16), (Andrea Drusch, “EMILY’s List Stands By Maryland Primary Spending,” National Journal, 4/25/16), (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 4/26/16)