It looks like there isn’t as much support for socialist Bernie Sanders and former first lady Hillary Clinton as everyone thought.
As GOP voter turnout reaches record highs, with Democrats switching sides to support conservative candidates, the poor Dems are experiencing a significant drop in support.
Democratic Party primaries and caucuses in 2016 are down compared to 2008 by a whopping 20 percent.
According to the data, around 4.5 million Democrats have decided to not show up at the primary polls versus 2008.
Hillary Clinton also ran for president in 2008, which makes this data all the more interesting: It’s essentially a comparison up against her previous failed race, when she was the front running Democratic presidential candidate until then Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois blew past her late in the game taking the lead before winning the nomination and then eventually the presidency.
There is a litany of possible reasons for this drop.
In 2008, a fresh new voter base was energized by the charisma of Barack Obama. A record number of young people voted for him, spurred on by his promises of change.
Yet in 2016 the Democrats lack a candidate that can spark that kind of enthusiasm among young people and minorities. They’ve got a dyed-in-the-wool insider, Clinton, and a raving, gray-haired socialist, too extreme to be taken seriously, Sanders.
You can also blame the last eight years under Obama as a factor.
Despite all his many promises, the country and the world is in no better a place. The economy is still flagging, with businesses rushing to foreign shores. Healthcare is in disarray, Obamacare being a leading cause of the problem.
Above everything else, we are living in a more dangerous world, as our current president does nothing to thwart the threat of ISIS and other terror groups.
That kind of legacy would make even the most staunch Democrat lose hope. Coupled with the weak lineup in the Democratic Primaries, it’s no surprise that young voters aren’t showing up.
The Democratic race started with slightly more fanfare than it’s turned out to have, with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley criticizing “royal” families in American politics while photos of him playing his guitar shirtless emerged. Even so, O’Malley failed to materialize as a serious contender, and he dropped out early in the process.
Not that fanfare is what really matters, but any amount of excitement over the election can make or break a campaign.
Take for instance the GOP side. More news is being given to Trump and his rivals. There has been record number of primary voters across the states.
Even in places like Pennsylvania, people are becoming Republicans so they can show their support. It looks like the Democrats are having a hard time igniting that kind of interest this election.
It’s not hard to speculate what the general election will look like. The GOP candidate, most likely Trump, will ride into the White House on a surge of nation-wide support. While the Democrats will shrink deeper into insignificance, wondering where they went wrong.