According to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, it was a loss for Mitt Romney when he won Iowa and it was a loss for Mitt Romney when he won New Hampshire. But it’s not just that she thinks winning is losing that’s batty; it’s that she thinks both Iowa and New Hampshire provide evidence that the Republican electorate is not excited to go to the polls in November 2012.
Tuesday night, DWS had this to say: “In addition to that, the Republican turnout was off about 40 percent from the turnout in 2008, showing that this is not a field that their side is very enthusiastic about.”
Au contraire, Ms. Wasserman Schultz. As it turns out, the turnout for the New Hampshire primary set a new record for the GOP. The New Hampshire Union-Leader reports:
Voter turnout Tuesday set a record for a Republican presidential primary but fell short of the Democrats’ turnout record set four years ago.
The Secretary of State’s office released county, city and town summaries showing that 247,223 votes were cast for candidates on the Republican ballot.
That’s a turnout of 45 percent of the 546,411 names of Republican and undeclared voters on the Jan. 4 checklist. …
Gardner said that 60,996 voted in the Democratic primary, far short of the 75,000 he had predicted. Of those, 49,480, or 81 percent voted for President Barack Obama. He noted that in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for reelection uncontested, there were about 93,000 votes cast in the Democratic primary, which was 82 percent of the votes cast.
So maybe, once upon a time, Democrats in New Hampshire were more excited to vote than Republicans were this year — but it appears Republicans in New Hampshire have never been so excited to vote.
Does the information that Republicans set a new record for GOP voter turnout in New Hampshire change DWS’ reaction to the primary? We’ll see. I’ve sent a media request to her press secretary and will let you know how she responds.