Georgia voters cast ballots in the state’s primary election this week, and the results may give Democrats reason to worry.
According to a report from NBC News, turnout by Republicans on Tuesday significantly outpaced that shown by Democrats.
Republican voters outnumber Democratic ones in multiple states
Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Tamara Johnson-Shealey received a combined total of 717,404 votes. In contrast, Herschel Walker and five other Republican Senate candidates collectively brought in almost 1.2 million ballots.
The difference in turnout could be indicative of an enthusiasm gap in Georgia, a state that both Warnock and President Joe Biden narrowly carried. Nor was Georgia unique, as Republican voters have recently outnumbered Democratic ones in other states as well.
In Ohio, the 510,372 people who arrived at the polls to vote for Democrats in the state’s Senate primary were swamped by the 841,084 who supported Republican ones. Meanwhile, North Carolina saw 70,2457 GOP voters cast ballots compared with just 540, 275 Democrats who did the same.
Republican senator says voters have more confidence in his party on tough issues
Those numbers led Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott to tout the willingness of GOP members to show up at the polls during a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News.
“We’re seeing unbelievable turnout on the Republican side,” said Scott, who serves as the Republican National Senatorial Committee chairman.
“We’ve had more than twice the number of Republicans as Democrats in Ohio, I think for the first time since 1998,” he noted.
“More Republicans than Democrats voted in the primary in Pennsylvania. One hundred and forty-six thousand more Republicans than Democrats in North Carolina,” Scott stressed, adding, “People are coming out.”
Scott went on to argue that Republicans are perceived by voters as being more willing to address everyday issues like higher gas prices and out-of-control inflation. Some polling data seems to support that conclusion.
The website FiveThirtyEight publishes a generic ballot polling aggregate, and it gives the GOP a 2.3% edge over Democrats.
It includes results from an Economist/YouGov poll which found 80% believe the country is “on the wrong track” regarding inflation and while another 60% say the same about the economy overall.