Virginia Democratic Voter Turnout Surges In 2020 Primary, Almost Double 2016 Levels
Voter turnout in the Virginia Democratic primary surged from 2016. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 1,324,325 people had cast their ballot in Virginia, compared to the approximate 780,000 people who did the same in 2016.
In 2008, voter turnout hovered just below 990,000.
Former Vice President Joe Biden easily won Virginia’s Super Tuesday contest with 53.2% of the vote, earning 66 delegates in the process.
Virginia turnout just blew past 2016 (785,041) and 2008 (986,203).
It’s now at 1.138 million with 92% reporting (and half of Fairfax remaining)
It’s a great sign of Democratic engagement, but it also shows how much bluer the state has become.
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) March 4, 2020
Virginia was not the only state to see an uptick in voter turnout, indicating that the general populous was more interested and invested in this election cycle.
In South Carolina, at least 524,000 voters submitted ballots in the state in 2020, compared to 371,000 in 2016. Just over 300,000 people turned out to vote in the New Hampshire primary, beating the previous voter turnout record from 2008 of 288, 672 votes. And during the Nevada caucuses, the early turnout alone came close to beating the total caucus turnout in 2016, with nearly 100,000 people showing up.