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ELECTION 2016 IN PERSPECTIVE

Results just in...Apathy wins in a landslide!

March 1st, 2016

Election 2016 results just in...Apathy wins in a landslide! Over 75% of eligible voters did not bother to vote. This chart adds up the popular vote from the first four states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada) for the top candidates, and shows each candidate's votes as a percentage of eligible voters. Eligible voters are residents of the first four states who are U.S. citizens, ages 18+, and not disenfranchised by their state due to a felony conviction.  Read below the chart for full takeaways.

Election 2016 in Perspective

Major takeaways:

  1. Democratic Party frontrunner, Hillary Clinton (5.6% of the pie) could be overtaken decisively by grassroots candidate, Bernie Sanders (4.2% of the pie), if he could energize another 2% of the voting population. On the Republican side, another 2% would put Rubio (2.9%) or Cruz (3.0%) ahead of Trump (4.8%).
     
  2. Apathy rules. If you've ever wondered why it's a choice between the "lesser of two evils" in November, now you know. Candidates pander to special interest groups and party insiders because it pays off in votes. Your "average Joe" doesn't bother to show up for the election that matters the most, the Primary.
     
  3. Republicans (14.6% of the pie) are trouncing Democrats (9.9% of the pie) this year in total voter turnout. That doesn't bode well for Democrats in the general election. Democrats should get ready for a President Trump if they can't energize more eligible voters in the remaining 46 states.
     
  4. Election 2016 turnout is very similar to Election 2008 and prior dual-party contested primaries, despite having grassroots contenders on both the Republican and Democratic sides for the first time in decades. So this level of apathy is nothing new.
     
  5. Get informed, register, and vote in the Primaries if it's not too late in your state. Another 1% or 2% is all it takes to make or change history.
     
  6. New Hampshire rocks...Nevada s#cks. Turnout by state was 52% in New Hampshire (primary), 30% in South Carolina (primary), 16% in Iowa (caucus), and less than 9% in Nevada (caucus)...so much for the over-hyped Iowa Caucuses. It's time to do away with the outdated and highly corrupt caucus system in all states, a system that deliberately suppresses voter participation.

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