Republican voters turned out in droves to participate in the North Carolina primaries and overtook Democratic turnout — even though there are more registered Democratic voters in the state.
Analysis of election data by the Republican National Committee (RNC) after Tuesday’s election found that Republican voters cast about 150,000 more votes than Democrats 758,637 to 612,645. GOP turnout was ” 86% higher than 2018 and close to 2020 levels,” RNC Deputy National Press Secretary William O’Grady told Breitbart News.
🐘📈⚡️GOP enthusiasm is on the rise
With 98% of Pennslyvania’s primary votes counted, Republicans have a HIGHER turnout than Democrats – the first time this has happened in a decade.
With 100% of North Carolina counted, there were nearly 150,000 more GOP votes than Dem votes.
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) May 18, 2022
“GOP enthusiasm is on the rise,” RNC communications director Nathan Brand tweeted on Wednesday, referring to the Pennsylvania and North Carolina primary election results.
Election analysis of the New York Times returned similar findings, with 759,554 GOP voters participating in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate primary and 613,170 Democrats participating in the state’s U.S. Senate Democratic primary. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) and former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (D) wiped the slate clean in the primaries and will face off in November’s general election.
O’Grady noted that “in counties that Biden won in 2020, GOP primary votes were 169,210 or 182% higher than in 2018.” Former President Donald Trump won the state in 2020 against current President Joe Biden, but only by a slim margin of 1.3%.
Democratic voters in North Carolina clearly weren’t as excited for this year’s primaries as they were in 2020, when they cast a total of 1,251,389 votes to secure Cal Cunningham’s Democratic nomination in the US Senate primary. GOP voters cast 776,291 ballots, slightly more than in 2022, and have now nominated the senator. Thom Tillis (R-NC) who ended up beating Cunningham in the general election.
While North Carolina still has more registered Democratic voters than Republican voters, unaffiliated registered voters have grown exponentially in recent years. In 2016, there were 2,736,124 Democratic voters, 2,099,551 GOP voters and 2,076,361 unaffiliated voters, according to data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. In 2022, registered Democrats fell to 2,493,492, GOP voters increased slightly to 2,198,612, and unaffiliated voters jumped more than 450,000 to 2,532,944, overtaking Democrats.
As expected, unaffiliated voter registrants overtook Democrats this week to make them the largest group of registrants in NC politics (~7,600 more unaffiliated voters than Democrats). A #ncpol (1/11)
This was a slow build that has picked up momentum recently, as the chart below shows. pic.twitter.com/vXuEsJUarT
— Chris Cooper (@chriscooperwcu) March 19, 2022
The increase in the number of unaffiliated voters is significant and indicates a broader national trend – independent voters are increasingly leaning towards and voting Republican as the Democratic Party loses itself to cater to the whims of the far left. A January 2022 Gallup poll found that by the end of 2021, the percentage of Democratic-leaning independent voters had fallen by five points and Republican voters had risen by four points.
In national polls, unaffiliated/independent voters tended to side with Republican voters when asked about the economy, immigration, and education, among other issues.
Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.