The Voice: Your Democratic Statewide Ticket

The June gubernatorial primaries produced a number of surprises, and they mostly pointed positive for Democrats looking forward to November. First of all, the Democratic gubernatorial primary turnout set a record with 542,816 voters, 10.1 percent more than the previous record, set more than a third of a century ago when 493,108 turned out for the barnburner race between Henry Howell and Andrew Miller in 1977. But the GOP didn’t set a record. Its gubernatorial race drew just 365,782 voters—32.6 percent below the Democratic turnout and 9.0 percent below its old record set in 1989 when J. Marshall Coleman beat two other candidates.


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