Hillary Clinton, the inevitable Democrat nominee from day one, has finally clinched the nomination.
While I (Matt Palumbo) doubt she ever thought she’d have to put any effort into the race, Bernie Sanders proved himself to be a fierce challenger. While Hillary supporters outnumbered those feeling the bern, even larger than the gap in followers was the gap in enthusiasm. While supporters of the losing Republican candidates have generally consolidated their support behind Trump, roughly a third of Sanders supporters still report they won’t be casting their vote for Hillary Clinton.
And despite a candidate with such an enthusiastic following such as Bernie being in the Democrat primary, the party hasn’t managed to drive many out to the polls regardless. The Gateway Pundit reports:
Hillary received 15,899,116 votes this year. Bernie Sanders received 12,193,152 votes.
Hillary and Bernie received 28,092,268 total primary votes this year.
In 2008 Hillary Clinton received 17,493,836 primary votes. So this year Hillary received 1,594,720 FEWER primary votes than in 2008. And she lost in 2008!
More than 35,029,294 votes were cast in the 2008 Democratic primary. So Democrats lost nearly 7 million primary votes this year compared to 2008.
This is devastating news for the Democrats.
By comparison, Trump has smashed the record for the most votes during the Republican primary by over 1.4 million – and votes among the Republican candidates were distributed among many more candidates. Hopefully these trends continue into November.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]