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Read | Delete: Is There A Relationship Between Primary Turnout And The General Election?

Republican turnout is up and Democratic turnout is down in the 2016 primary contests. But Democrats shouldn’t worry. Republicans shouldn’t celebrate. As others have pointed out, voter turnout is an indication of the competitiveness of a primary contest, not of what will happen in the general election. History suggests that there is no relationship between primary turnout and the general election outcome. You can see this on the most basic level by looking at raw turnout in years in which both parties had competitive primaries. Source: Fivethirtyeight.com
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