Record Primary Turnout for California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Roughly nine million Californians voted February 5th, according to the results now certified by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Her office says that’s just over a million more than the previous primary election record, set back in March of 2000. February was also the highest primary turnout percentage-wise in close to three decades. Just under 58 percent of registered voters cast ballots this time around. More Democrats than Republicans voted in February as well. Just over 55 percent of those casting ballots were Demcorats. Just under 34 percent were registered G-O-P, and about eight percent were non-partisan, or decline-to-state voters. In a statement, Bowen attributed the high turnout to the closeness of the Republican and Democratic contests, and what she called the “ability to truly help pick the next presidential nominee.”