More on Voter Turnout

Recession, contested races spur turnout increase over 2006 midterms
Matthew Daly, AP

With more than 95 percent of precincts reporting, election data indicate that turnout Tuesday was up in at least nine states, including significant increases in Florida, Minnesota and Texas. Turnout appeared to be down slightly in several other states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Overall, turnout in the midterm elections was projected at 42 percent of registered voters, about 1.2 percentage points higher than in 2006.

The total popular vote nationwide was expected to reach about 90 million people, 6.2 million more than voted in 2006.

So there you have it. If you use a valid comparison – 2006 – turnout was actually up this year on the whole. Yes – in certain states, there were dips in participation, but there is no evidence that those missing voters would’ve supported the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda if they had shown up at the polls. As a matter of fact, it is just as legitimate to suppose that those voters stayed home because they opposed the left but couldn’t bring themselves to fly against their lifelong habit and vote Republican.

Still, I encourage the left to continue nursing the fantasy that the American populace is secretly leftist in orientation. As you guys fly into outer space on clouds of your own fart gas, the rest of us will actually be able to get down to the business of developing practical solutions to our problems.

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