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March 4th, 2008
06:59 PM ET

What explains record voter turnout in ’08?

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A voter drops off an absentee ballot at the Franklin County Memorial Building March 3rd in Columbus, Ohio.(PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES) Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The 2008 primary election will go down in the history books for many reasons: the first serious female candidate, the first serious African-American candidate, record-shattering fund-raising, and record turnout.

Americans have been stampeding to the polls in record numbers ever since the Iowa caucuses. And it looks like today will be no exception. Heavy turnout is expected at the polls in Texas and even in Ohio, where they're being hit by heavy rain storms. In Texas, an estimated 60% of voters, that's about 2 million people, cast their ballots early.

Even the smaller New England states of Vermont and Rhode Island are expecting record crowds. Usually these primaries don't matter all that much since they come after Super Tuesday, but that's not the case this year.

Vermont's secretary of state is predicting a record number of voters. In Rhode Island, officials think they'll see turnout levels double those of the 2000 primary. They're expecting so many people that they've opened extra polling places.

This is all very encouraging for our democracy. Over the last couple months, we've seen huge numbers of first-time voters and young voters revved up and eager to make their voices heard in this election.

However, some suggest this is a troubling sign for the Republicans come November. In state after state, the turnout of Democrats has dwarfed the number of Republicans voting.

Here’s my question to you: What is it about the 2008 election that’s generating record turnouts around the country?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Judith writes:

I believe American voters have felt so helpless during the current administration, we are turning out in record numbers to take matters back into our own hands and to make certain that there is no 'close call' as occurred in the last presidential election. When that election was awarded to Bush, I think many people realized, 'Hey, my vote really would have mattered.'

Ashley writes:
I believe there is such a good turnout this year because Democrats are stepping up, scared of what would happen if a Republican is in the White House for another four years. And I believe that more young people are stepping up. As a 23-year-old Democratic voter, I know those are my friends and school mates fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are all being majorly affected by that.

Gaye from New Jersey writes:
It has been a long time since any politician told the American people that we could reclaim our government from the hands of special interests, that our votes would make a difference and that our children could indeed have a better future. All it takes is taking responsibility for it. Maybe we have learned, that you can not hand pride to people with a check, we have to earn it. We can be part of it.

Dawn from Lake in the Hills, Illinois writes:
I can't remember a time when we actually had a choice and it wasn't for the lesser of two evils (Democratic vs. Republican). While my vote is for Obama, I don't exactly feel we're doomed with Hillary either. I like what the Democratic Party has to offer and now there is a choice on who can deliver it. Refreshing, isn't it?

Margot from San Francisco writes:
Easy. When people are happy, they are apathetic. When they are unhappy, they hit the voting booths in order to "throw out da bums" in power. People are unhappy with the Cheney administration and all that it stands for.

Steve from Oak Creek, Wisconsin writes:
This is a new American Revolution. We are doing nothing more than taking back our country from those who would do it irreversible harm. The votes cast may be some of the most important in modern history.


Filed under: 2008 Election
soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. beartrack

    It is a little glimmer of hope that Americans maybe waking up to what this mess in Washington is all about. They now see that the only real way to change the system is to do it from within. VOTE

    March 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  2. Richard, Washington State

    What is it about the 2008 election that’s generating record turnouts around the country?

    The removal of Newt Gangritch's Neo-Cons

    Young adults now of voting age see that this country is in dire need of leadership change. They heard Senator Obama and got involved. Some may have moved to Hillary's side, but it was Obama that provided the message people tuned into and turned out for.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  3. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    At last an easy one, Jack. Obama.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  4. TRUTHSEEKER in Boston

    What's generating all of the excitement is a new face (Barack Obama) He is a person that can bring people of all races, and backgrounds together. The establishment is trying to stop this movement because it is disrupting the "status quo" People are tired and want change!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Jim Galvin

    The voters want to make sure Bush does not get re-appointed by the Supreme Court.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Bill Cochran

    Obama's honesty versus Bush and Hillary's deceptions

    March 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Machelle, Tampa FL

    Jack,

    Silly question – we want change. Problem with us Dem's is we can't decide which change we like best. Change for the sake of change, better known as anything new will do (Barack Obama), or change that is well thought out and is realistic (Hillary Clinton).

    I hope the voters do get to decide, rather than allowing it to be decided by the media, the analysts, and those who would have us believe letting this thing play out is the wrong way to go.

    Hang tough Hillary – your supporters are strong, and we know you are the right person for the job.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  8. Terry "the hillbilly Hooser"

    Jack,
    It's not so much Obama having a great format, Hillary uniting women to vote, it's all out of hate for Bush."It will be in the history books that way. Bush draws record voter turnout and isn't running as a presidental canadate.

    "the Hillbilly Hooser"

    March 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  9. Tom Huntington,NY

    Jack; We have had enough of W.I think every body is just plain BUSH-ED!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  10. Ken Jackson

    I believe the country is taking it's mind back from talk radio. Today's example of the arrogance of talk radio. I listened to Laura Ingraham encouraging her listeners (she also referenced Rush Limbaugh) to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    If the elections in Texas and Ohio are close that should be reason enough to swing super delegates into the Obama column. The democratic candidate should not be determined by conservative talk radio.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Harry

    A couple of reasons, Jack..

    1. The future of the country looks increasingly dire. There is a sense that we have to do something, but we are not quite sure what that something is. We each pick our favorite cause and promote it.

    2. Barack Obama is fresh, new and unsullied by the Washinton insiders. He connects with the youth of America. He doesn't have that Washington "Experience" that some see as so vital to the campaign.

    Mark my word, If Obama fails to win the nomination, the enthusiam will wane and another generation of young Americans will become cynical of Washington.

    Harry

    March 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  12. Richard, Washington State

    I forgot to mention that many people, myself included want our central government to be more accountable, smaller and more effective.

    The only way to make these changes are to get involved and vote.

    Welcome to the Responsible Citizen revival and the beginning of the end for the Consumer American.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  13. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    After being blindsided by the supreme clowns in 2000 then being too stupid and lazy to think of the ramifications of letting a warmongering president who is determined to send our last decent job overseas and plunge us so deeply into debt our great grandchildren will still be digging out, maybe the American voter has woken up this time and decided that the right wing lunatics have to be stopped. What they don’t know is that it’s too late, we can’t turn it around any more.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  14. Mike Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana

    One reason only: George W. Bush Jr.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  15. debbie mccoy

    Voter turnout and participation this year is directly attributable to Barack Obama. He has inspired people to get involved and take action on his behalf. He has inspired people to Hope that things can improve. For those who say he can't make the changes he talks about . . . look around you, he's already changed politics for the better just by running.
    Debbie McCoy
    Martensdale, IA

    March 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  16. Bert

    The election turnout is being affected by the war, but more importantly is the fact that Middle Class American Workers wages and jobs are being hurt by our trade practices and the pro-illegal immigrant stance taken by both political parties. It would be nice to see the political parties care as much about the plight of American Workers

    March 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Tito Coleman, Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

    FRUSTRATION, INSPIRATION and PROUD OF NATION.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  18. Rich McKinney,Texas

    Apparently the American people are thinking that by voting they are going to change something. In reality voting only changes the name of President and Vice president it does not guarantee you anything. The president of the United states has very little power and is at the mercy of the two branches of government to make change. Unfortunately the current politicians that hold these offices have been there for 30 or 40 years and have no desire to change anything and they won't. Change starts from the ground up not the top down. Without a good foundation no structure can stand for very long and will crumble in upon itself. We have a crumbly old political system with crumbly old politicians running it and nothing is going to change until they are all gone. The sooner the better.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  19. Rob G.

    ..why the record turnouts around the country? That's an easy answer Jack.

    Bewilderment at the poor economy

    Utter disappointment of foreign affair relations

    Sick of the war in Iraq

    Horrible special interest groups controlling Washington

    (notice what the first letters in each sentence?)

    March 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  20. Robert Nicholson

    CNN reports that voting in a heavily Republican area of Dallas is predominately in the Democratic (!) primary. Has anyone looked into this unusual trend which also occurred in Virginia.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  21. Jeremy New Orleans, LA

    Jack, The republican race has hardly been the firestorm that the democratic race has been. Come November the republicans will turn out in droves, just as any other voting year.

    New Orleans,LA

    March 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  22. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    Well, this is not the first election between Bush and Clinton, so we know it's not either of them.

    It sure as hell isn't John McCain or Mike Huckabee.

    Hmmm. Who else could it be? What about that Obama fellow – the one who's amazingly charismatic, eloquent, not to mention good looking? The one with a consistent positive message that resonates with virtually all demographics and party affiliations?

    Naaah! It couldn't be. It must be you, Jack!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  23. David in Raleigh, NC

    Women has been turning for Hillary because she's a woman and African Americans have turning out for Barack Hussein Obama because he's an African American instead of voting for the issues.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  24. Jayne

    Americans are turning out in record numbers because we've seen the consequences of our apathy. How many decades will it take to repair the damage caused by the Bush years?

    March 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  25. Karen

    I believe that the record number of voters is attributed to voters who are tired of how things are run in Washington. We are excited and inspired by Barrack Obama. This is an exciting time for our country. It too bad that Hillary has to rain on his parade. If she becomes the nominee, I can be sure that voter turnout will not be so strong for her.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  26. Rachelle

    You have such a massive voter turnout because there are people who have never voted, who think they can make difference that never felt that way before. You have a lot of young people, blacks, women, some elderly, and more importantly black men voting who have never voted before, especially in a primary. And I don't believe it's just because Barack Obama is black. The majority of African American's, especially educated African American's would not vote for a candidate on the basis of them being black. Obama actually has these believing their situations will change, both personally, and nationally. More American's are becoming more Media/politically savvy, and are begining to understand how who represents them politically affects their daily lives. This is why I was so disgusted when I went to vote this morning. I discovered inadequate staffing for my district, inadequate technology for my district, and all in what will become hazardous road conditions. Only to go home, read the paper and discover which counties were affected by these circumstances. And whle the entire state is on weather watch; the counties effected by the former would probably be Obama supporters. The more rural counties have touch-screen voting systems, and in proportion adequately staffed polls, because they have less people that urban areas. This is dissapointing, because circumstances like these give these new "hopefull" voters doubt and pessismistic view points.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  27. mary Kelley

    Barack Obama is responsible for the record turnout.Since Hillary Clinton`s "cute" answer on the muslim accusation and this canadian fiasco, I`m voting for whoever is running against her. She is a ruthless B-- and doesn`t care what happens to anybody as long as she gets in office. I think the press should find out what happened in canada and tell us the truth!!! Now!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Keith

    Can't speak for anyone else, but for me, it's a combination of wanting to end 7 1/2 horrific years of Dubya and his cronies (McCain will simply be more of the same – regardless of what he says)... plus, I found a candidate I could personally get excited over.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  29. mikeytherhino

    America Doesn't Like what it's seen from it's politicians the last few years, and are hell bent on changing it. When things are going fine, no one wants change, and less people come out to vote.

    With the Economy falling apart and that Bungling buffoon of a president on the outs, people see this as a Chance to Change up all the things that have gone so horribly wrong the past 7 years.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  30. Carly Grayson from Monterey, TN

    People are interested for a change; and we do need (actual, sincere) change!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  31. Michael

    George Bush, his senior executives and the rubber stamping mess created by the former republican congress.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  32. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    The American people are desperate, they are groping to find a leader to fix this mess we are in. People are scrambling around trying to pay their bills, put food on the table and gas in their cars, and George looks out the window at the white house and says we are not in a recession. Voters are more concerned now than ever before and want to be involved in picking the right person to lead this country.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  33. Patricia

    Hopefully the Independents & real thinking Republicans have come to the same conclusion that the Democrats have: ANYBODY BUT A REPUBLICAN AS PRESIDENT!!!!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  34. mikeytherhino

    America Doesn’t Like what it’s seen from it’s politicians the last few years, and are hell bent on changing it. When things are going fine, no one wants change, and less people come out to vote. Things are less then fine, so, Higher Turnout. Simple.

    The Economy is falling apart and that Bungling buffoon of a president on the outs, so people see this as a Chance to Change up all the things that have gone so horribly wrong the past 7 years.

    Mike From Staten Island, New York

    March 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  35. Terry, Chandler AZ

    The reason voters are turning out in such large numbers Jack is that we are "Mad as hell and are not going to take this anymore!" All brought on by the feckless Bush administration and an ignoble congress. It's time for changes Jack. Major changes! This election is the first step to make those changes.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  36. Mansoor from Enfield, CT

    The answer is simple Jack – voters are fed up with the fear mongering, they are disgusted with Republicans, they've been lied to by a failing administration that promised the world and produced nothing, but mostly people want a fresh start, and to regain control of the country so it is not left in the reckless hands of the Republicans. I spoke to a guy who has never voted Democrat in his life and is for Obama. What does that tell you?

    March 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Stephen

    One word: Obamania

    March 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Mike

    The record turnout is coming from Hillary Clinton voters making sure people like you do not influence these primaries with your Pro-Obama rhetoric. How do you like you candidate now, Cafferty?

    Hillary for President

    March 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  39. tco in Hanover, Virginia

    "W."

    March 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Kevin- Webster, MA

    Barack Obama has done more to get out the voter than any other canidate.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Mel TX

    This is the opportunity to set this country in the right direction, and it's needed right now. I'm a life-long Republican who's cast an early vote in the Democratic primary in Texas and will attend the caucus tonight.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  42. Joe in DE

    Massive dissatisfaction with the way things are going and lack o responseness of Bush & the Congress..

    March 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  43. Ed H., San Diego, CA

    Possibly the same cause that is generating record attendance to One –and just to that One - candidate's rallies.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  44. Tom Beene

    One letter – W.

    We've had enough.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  45. Jennifer Adams

    Long Island, NY

    Because the Bush administration has been reprehensible and irresponsible, and MAYBE we finally have a chance to do something about it, since no one in government had the balls to impeach him.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  46. Narayan

    This is about the beltway insider vs. the outsiders.
    This is about lobbyist vs. people.
    This time people think they can win,
    so there is such a turnout.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  47. Helen , Fort Lawn SC

    After 9/11 Americans woke up. Then we fell back to sleep. Looks like the Sleeping Giant heard the final alarm clock ring.

    Enough of the fighting and name calling. Americans want leaders who may actually get something done for the good of the country.

    Maybe the rush to vote and have a voice actually will wake our politicians up forcing them to work for us.

    It is about time.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  48. Jimmy Alderson

    I've never voted in a primary before this one, but then again I've never been this jazzed about a candidate. I have both Obama Fever and Clintonitis. I see this as a chance to take power out of the hands of the lobbysits and put it back in the hands of the people.

    Call me crazy, but that gets me out to the polls.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  49. John Ohe

    The pundits have been saying that the huge turnout among Democrats in the primaries bode badly for the Republicans in the general election. However, isn't it possible that given the tight race between the Democrats, that whichever candidate wins, the voters for the losing side may be disenchanted when November comes around?

    March 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  50. Patrick Potvin

    Hi Jack!
    I live in Canada and usually don't follow my own country politic battles. From an "outsider" point of view I find the democratic race very entertaining. Here too in Canada we love the Clintons, but I do have to say that even in the great white north we feel the wind of change coming from the south and Barak Obama. No matter who wins, as long as the democrats gets back in power in the fall is the ultimate goal.

    Patrick
    Canada

    March 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  51. Joel McDonald

    The record turnout is due to the miserable handling of the government for the last 7 years by the Bush administration. The only positive piece of his legacy is that he made it possible for a black man or a woman to be viable candiates!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  52. Khristos

    It is because America wants to keep it's money at home – from the war to NAFTA – all our money is long gone!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  53. Teresa

    Americans are exhausted, in a stupor, completely wiped out after a numbing 8 years of wholesale, pathological government incompetence. Climbing out of our sickbeds, we're trampling each other on the way to the polls. 3 people who don't seem THAT bad - McCain, Clinton, Obama– are offering us ANYTHING but a repeat of the last 8 years!!!!!! WE WANT SOME OF THAT!!!!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  54. Alan

    What is generating record turnouts in primaries across the country? White male Republicans have all but destroyed this country so now we desperately need someone other than a white male Republican to come in and clean up the mess.

    Signed,

    A White Male Democrat
    Tacoma, WA.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  55. ginger NJ

    Jack:

    Record turnout on the Demnocratic side is due to Obama. Look at it this way, if Hillary were running against another Washington establishment candidate, the Democratic constituenecy would be as lackluster as the Republicans. Clinton is not any more inspiting than McCain. Obama IS and inspires people to come out and vote and, in turn, that has mobilized Clinton's backers. It's really all Obama's doing, whether you're for him or aginst him, he has done an incredible job!!!!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  56. Roger from Taos

    Eight pathetic years of "W"!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  57. Shauna

    It's not the candidates themselves, although I am sure Obama would love to say he is the reason. Bush is the reason. I think the people in the US are waking up and realizing they need to get their votes registered to make change happen. They want to make a point to whoever the winner is. That point is that they are gonna be expecting big change for the better or don't expect your party to get a vote next time around. I hope more of my fellow Canadians wake up and realize that their vote can change the direction of our country too.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  58. Carl Cavallaro

    Jack,
    Come on, the reason is strikingly obvious. George W. Bush has trounced on civil rights, he has ignored almost unanimous warnings on global warming, he has done practically nothing to steer the economy away from recession, he has mired us in the immoral Iraq war based on lies and deceit , and he has sullied our country's reputation around the world. If not for a few hundred votes in Florida, the course of history would be drastically different. I still have hope for this country when I see my teenage sons talking patiently about national politics and staking strong opinions for the (Democratic) candidate of their choice. God Bless America!

    Princeton, NJ

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  59. Josh

    It's simple Jack, everyone is voting in record numbers in the Democratic primaries because they are tired of George W. Bush and the stubborness of the G.O.P to listen to the concerns of the American people. The Republicans have no real solutions other than continue Bush's failed policies in Iraq and domestically. We have moved way past the arrogant "cowboy diplomacy" or the my way or the highway way of doing things. Thank goodness so many people are finally waking up and voting. Sylvania Ohio.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  60. Kathleen

    Cleveland, Ohio

    I have a feeling the heavy "democratic" turnout, in part, has something to do with Republicans declaring themselves Democrats in order to vote against Hillary Clinton. My boss and several others at my company did just that today when they voted, however, they will then vote Republican in November. To some, this is a silly game.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  61. Carl J.

    In my opinion the record number of Democrats turning out to vote is a sign that people want to ensure change actually happens. Elections recently have been won/lost by razor thin margins and people realize in some way their vote does actually count.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  62. Seth Berkowitz

    The uniqueness of the candidates... the competitiveness of the races... the absence of an incumbent... the importance of the issues at stake... the length of the campaigns... the availability of early voting... the internet...

    All of these reasons are tied for second. The #1 reason for the turnout is Barack Obama.

    Seth in Los Angeles

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  63. Woman, war hero and a man of color

    What a year – that no matter the end result we have a war hero, a woman and a man of color as the finalists to be president. This says a lot about the fact there is hope ahead...rather than the days of old "white" presidents who avoided fighting their own wars. Oh, and the fact that we can really send Bush out with a bang does not hurt either.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  64. mike t

    record lack of faith in government, due to record defecits, perpetual war, crumbling dollar. pity the cnn poll gives only 4 candidates to choose from while ignoring the 5th who has been warning us of these exact things for some time and has reasonable solutions to them.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  65. Donna Eddings, Myrtle Beach, SC

    I believe 2 of the reasons for the large turnout are:

    the failings of the Bush administration

    the promise of an Obama administration

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  66. Ramon Lebron Colon

    The facts are that for the first time in our history we will have either a woman or an african american as president of our country.George W and his cronies put us in the gutter, who wants 4 more years of lies,imconpetence,etc,etc?

    Ray

    March 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  67. lissa

    people, are finally waking up after being asleep at the wheel for the past 2 elections, and through this administration. they're realizing how this president completely stole this country, and turned it into his personal little board game. even after we get rid of this idiot we will be paying for all his mistakes for a long time to come. unfortunately, this kind of a mess will take a good while to clean up.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  68. norman Elko, Minnesota

    This is an easy one, Jack. The public is irritated over the current state of political affairs. George Bush is the most in competent president in recent history, and has NOTHING in his background that suggests that he would make a worthy president – and he did not disappoint! He has contributed to trashing this country in so may ways I do not know where to begin – blatant favoritism to big business, assaults on our Constitutional Rights, gross over-spending, a needless war that was sold to congress and the public that was based on LIES – NOT “MISTAKES”. He needs to be either impeached or brought to trial for his crimes.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  69. k

    well Jack, it is simply because we are tired of politicians, and in many cases the media as well, speaking FOR US! In the case of Democrats, it will be interesting to see if the "superdelegates" will continue to support Hillary if Obama fairs well in Ohio and Texas. If he does well and the superdelegates continue their support for Hillary or if Hillary just refuses to concede... I will probably never support the Democratic Party again. So, for me, this is the MOST important election I have ever participated in.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  70. Jack

    People are voting against Hillary

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  71. Stephanie B.

    I believe the record turnouts are due to American citizens truly believing they have a say in who is elected this November. Most have researched the candidates and having chosen one are doing everything they can to make sure their pick gets elected.

    Also, with an African American candidate and a woman candidate for President many people see a change occuring and the hope that such a change happens has propelled many into action.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  72. Marie

    it is a shame that the true count of votes doesn't make a difference – it is up to the delegate layouts.. it is time to get rid of the delegates and go with the 'real' vote.. !!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  73. Ron

    They are Hillary lovers and haters.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  74. Qwami

    Obama is the reason why.....but Jack also there is nothing new on TV for couch potatoes but more politics which this year has been more interesting than a combination of Lost and America Idol...

    BTW one candidate is the America Idol and the other is Lost in an everchanging message and campaign tactics!! The third and final candidate is an old person who reminds us of Homer Simpson in real life with flip flopping ,,,,,,

    What can be more interesting than this..TV in real life, that is why we are out to vote Jack!

    Louisville KY

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  75. Michael Bower

    Jack,

    I think people are finally so fed up with the current administration's blunderings in almost every area of policy that they are motivated to go out and turn this country around. The vast numbers of people who are turning out to vote for Mr. Obama shows just how hungry this nation is for change, and to leave behind the same tired politics that have morally bankrupted this country on both sides of the isle.

    Michael
    Rocky Hill, CT

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  76. eve in Paris France

    I haven't voted in 16 years. With Obama this is the first time I feel "we the people" are the electors and not the Party establishment that usually decides who they want and then we choose someone from their pre-selection.

    However, it looks like the party establishment, in the form of super delegates, could take the vote away from us anyway if it goes to the convention. If that happens, people like me, will go back to not voting, albeit with even more cynicism then before.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  77. K.G. Anand

    It is the Bush-Obama syndrome. People are so fed-up with the current administration that they want to have their say in who represents them next. Ironically, Bush will leave office doing the nation a favor! Obama, for his part, has galvanised the twenty-somethings to take some responsibility, and his message of unity is very appealing. Thanks to Barack, we will agian be one nation...!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  78. John from Miami

    Jack,

    Its obvious that most Americans as well as myself have never felt so let down and discouraged by their government, in particular Mr. Bush. The record numbers for this election display the sense of urgency that this country is headed down the drain and fast. We as Americans who care about our country and its reputation know whats going on and want it stopped in November before it's too late.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  79. Scott Tumolo

    Everyone, on both sides, hates George W. Bush.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  80. Jim Wilkeson

    The record turnouts are the result of the slumbering masses finally fed up enough with the way this country has been run for the last seven years that they have decided to make their voices heard. You'll notice, of course, that the turnouts are much higher on the Democratic side. That is no accident. Democrats that usually don't participate are doing so this time around because they can't stomach the thought of four more years of Bush/Cheney policies via John McCain.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  81. Dean Weld - Chapel Hill, NC

    Everyone likes a good underdog story, and voting for a candidate making a comeback is exciting. McCain was nearly down and out before his resurgence against big money candidates like Romney and Giuliani, and Obama was seen as the underdog to Hillary Clinton. Now that Obama has become (at least in the media) the front-runner, Hillary's supporters are turning out in hopes of giving her the next great comeback story of this primary season. On top of that, Al Gore and John Kerry were great candidates on paper but lacked the dynamic to really excite people, while both Obama and Clinton have proven that they can excite voters in a big way with their charisma.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  82. Gretchen from Indiana

    After 219 years of exclusively white male rule, we finally have a chance to vote for someone who looks like us! I know this is confusing for white men, but when you have been denied the vote, denied access to public places, denied education, denied the ability to attain certain positions in business, government, and society, and FINALLY you get a chance to do something so profound as cast a ballot in favor of anybody who is not white or male, it is simply too important to let it pass. It is far more important than the election or the next President. This is about vindication. I hope both Senators Obama and Clinton stick around until every last one of us gets an opportunity to cast our ballot. Of course it matters who wins, but not as much as getting to say we got to vote for our person.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  83. Diane M

    This has been the most exciting election in years. Mostly because of Obama. It has not been more of the same and people are genuinely excited about the opportunity for real change in Washington.

    Also, there is a real backlash against the "entitlement" of HRC to be the nominee, I seriously think there are a lot of people like me who feel that we never promised her anything, even though the DNC might have, and we have a say in this election with a valid choice.

    I just hope it ends tonight and we can be released from the misery of having to watch or hear HRC any longer. I personally never liked her when her husband was President, felt that she carpetbagged her way into the Senate with vacant promises for NY, and feels that she is owed for sticking by her man when he disgraced the presidency.

    Well, we don't owe her and we need to consider what is best for the country and not her ego.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  84. Thomas from San Mateo

    Simple Answer: Eight years of mafia style government.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  85. John

    I think Americans are fed up with Bush and Congress not listening to them, being more concerned with big business than with the middle class that voted them in. Jobs are disappearing, wages are stagnant, illegals continue to sneak over the border, and in 8 years "W" has done nothing about it.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  86. David

    Is it any wonder the Democrats are experiencing record turnout after 8 years of incompetence and the steady erosion of our liberties and way of life? Lifelong Democrats are being joined at the polls by new comers and independents alike in selecting who each feels is the best person to change the course of this country. They are not participating in the Republican contest, as all the choices on that ballot equate to more of the same failed policies of the last 8 years.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  87. Nancy Seufert

    What is it about the 2008 election that’s generating record turnouts around the country?

    In three words – George Walker Bush! He is the best advertisement that this country needs to be changed. It's just too bad that the American People have taken 8 years to see it and to start to respond to the nations call to get rid of the trash in Washington.

    Nancy
    Charleston, SC

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  88. Bob

    Well DUH! Jack... Could the record turnout possibly be because we have "the first serious female candidate, the first serious African-American candidate, [and] record-shattering fund-raising..." ???

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  89. edward smith

    I have always felt that iI had to choose between the lesser of two evils.I am an African American Male and, in my 60 plus years I have never had the opportunity to vote for a serious presidential candidate that looks like me.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  90. Brian, Colorado Springs, CO

    Jack,

    What we have here is the exact opposite of 2000. It's amazing how fast the world changes in 8 years. Why the turn out? The squeaky wheel gets the greese.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  91. Marshall Ward

    This may not necessarily be a good sign for Democrats. It may simply be a sign of the polity being sick and tired of business as usual in DC.

    In short, If I were part of the status quo, I would fear the next election regardless of political party.

    Perhaps, this is about taking back our republic from the arrogance of power and privilege personified by the current crop of politicians.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  92. Nader

    A desire to have a real alternative to failed Republican policies and outlook is driving the democratic turnout. It would be unconscienable to have a US Presidential Election in 2008 in which both candidates will have voted six years ago in favor of the failed Iraq war.

    The biggest issue for the US today is foreign policy and the last thing we need are Republican and Democratic proposals on Middle East that are about as distinguishable as Coke from Pepsi.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  93. Mike: Snow Hill,MD

    The answer is simple. The American people are pissed off. Let's see them try to steal this election! There is a whiff of REVOLUTION in the air.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  94. larry whitgrove shorewood ill

    come on jack even your smart enough to know people are tired of
    bush, the economy and iraq its time for a president either clinton or
    obama who care about average americans and not the oil industry

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  95. Brian Maguire

    2 things....8 years of George W. Bush in office, and 2 very strong Democrats competing with each other. Its a first for many people, having something hopeful to look forward to, and worthwhile candidates that inspire you to get registered and go out and vote.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  96. Cary Howe

    People seem more aware than their politicians that the country is in a lot of trouble and is headed in the wrong direction. Bush has largely ignored the country for seven years then just woke up and decided he should worry abut his legacy so he's pushing for peace in the middle east. They want some one in office that cares about the people of the country and not the middle east and corporate America. We can't take another 4 to 8 years of bleeding this country dry and the people seem to know it even if Washington doesn't.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  97. Sharon Ellison

    Inspiration to get out there and do something to make things better. Barack Obama has inspired me to do this. I am 55 years old and have not been inspired since Robert F. Kennedy ran in 1968.

    I believe Barack's nomination will make America truly the place of dreams where anyone can aspire to be anything. Americans are a fair people and their choice will be heard.

    Inspiration is what makes us do the impossible. We need to hear the eloquent speeches because that is what makes us move humanity to that shining city on the hill.

    I will be so disappointed if Barack doesn't get a chance to show the world that America is trully the greatest country on earth.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  98. Coleman R. Brice

    Desperation for change..

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  99. Mark D. Oklahoma City

    Well, let's see...could it be that we have for the first time a woman who has a REAL chance of being President or could it be that we have a black American who has a REAL chance of being President? OR maybe it's just the fact that people are so sick and tired of our current President that they would crawl to the polls to get something different in Washington!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  100. Eric

    Jack,

    It means that the American People are so fed up with Bush that they are coming out in droves to vote for the person they feel will get us out of this awful rut.

    Unfortunately for the Democrats, they are beating each other up and incurring bad blood amoung followers. Many Obama supporters wont support Hilliary in the General Election and vice versa. It would indeed be sad if all this new, exciting energy went for nothing.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  101. David

    Is it any wonder the Democrats are experiencing record turnout after 8 years of incompetence and the steady erosion of our liberties and way of life? Lifelong Democrats are being joined at the polls by new comers and independents alike in selecting who each feels is the best person to change the course of this country. They are not participating in the Republican contest, as all the choices on that ballot equate to more of the same failed policies of the last 8 years.

    David Pillars, Yuma AZ

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  102. Todd Sperling

    Americans are fed up with the failed policies of the Republican adminstration under George Bush, especially the debacle in Iraq, and do not want an additional four years of the same. This is resulting in record numbers of Democrats and Independants showing up at the polls to register their disgust. The special interest groups such as MoveOn.org, etc. are also contributing to the record turnout by reaching people through their vast electronic networks.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  103. mike, co

    Obama has excited the dis-enfranchised voter, they, we won't be showing up in November if its McCain vs Clinton.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  104. Amanda

    We want health care, not war.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  105. Derek

    The people are turning out in record numbers because they are fed up with the way things have gone over the past 8 yrs and they want a change.Obama has given the vast majority of Americans hope.People who have never voted(and may not if Hillary and McCain are the nominees) feel that their voice can make a difference.Obama is the American dream, the if he can do it why can't I, or my kids.All we have had from Washington over the yrs, has been the same old same old don't hope,don't believe,be afraid,nothing will change but he says hope,believe cast off your fears and change will come.I hope Americans don't go for the same old plan when the crunch comes because change now or wait 40 more yrs for a chance.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  106. Gary Atlanta GA

    Simple: Because they all stink!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  107. Andy OHIO

    Jack,

    Back in 2004, you liberals weren't so encouraged about our Democracy when a record number of voters came to the polls and elected George W. Bush. Hopefully election night 2008 will end better for you and your network than election night 2000 and 2004. Nevertheless, keep up your fight, you are working harder than ever to push your agenda.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  108. Joel Baker

    The record turn out in the primaries is because for the first time in many years we have a person who lifts our spirits and gives us hope of real change. Not the kind of change we saw between the Clintons and the Bushs but change that says it is better to talk to people unlike ourselves than bomb them.

    Barak Obama is inspiring and that is beautiful compared to the smirks of George W. Bush and the "who me" looks of Bill Clinton.

    I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of Washington "what's in it for me" politics. I want change.

    Joel Baker
    Bellingham, WA

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  109. Aditi

    People want back their respect and recognition.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  110. Dorothy Lewis

    As a Texan since 1982, this is the first year that my vote might actually make a difference in who gets picked. Why are the two parties so hell-bent on finishing before the conventions? Why shouldnt we get the opportunity to hear more about views before we pick the two who then duke it out? The exitement so far has been generated precisely because we HAVE A CHOICE!!!!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  111. johnny lawless

    People are sick and tired of being brazenly lied to by the Corporate-run politicians. They are desperate for change.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  112. Timmy

    Charleston, SC

    Probably the fact that ppl are fed up with the current regime and its turning a blind eye to public opinion. There is that fear that if people don't vote, then we will just end up with another conservative Republican following in line with Bush. Of course, on the other hand, the Democrats are giving us the most promising candidates either!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  113. Mary C

    Barack Obama is the reason for the record turnout. There is no other reason.

    OBAMA 08

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  114. Jed from Chico, CA

    If I were a Republican I would not be much concerned by the lackluster Republican turnout in the primary season. Unlike the Democrats, where a lot of people are inspired by Obama and Clinton to a more or less equal degree, noone really liked any of the Republican challengers. Plus turnout has only really dropped since Super Tuesday. Since then, it's only a matter of time until John McCain wins the nomination. Doesn't turnout always drop once a nominee has been decided?

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  115. Kevin

    Record turnouts have occured due to a record number of citizens in dire need of change in Washington!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  116. Andy in Portland, Maine

    George Bush.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  117. Thomas

    Because we have a bloody mess in this country thanks much to current administration and some people that actually want the job and appear to have some ideas.

    Anything is better than what we have now. Easter Bunny, maybe.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  118. Daniel From Tempe AZ

    All of us are fed up with what we got 7 an half years ago, and those of us who did not vote can only blame themselves. Not that our choices are spectacular this time around, just that we all want to be part of the process.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  119. Gary Houston TX

    People finally realize that "they get what they vote for", so are finally voting.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  120. JBell

    OBAMA

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  121. Bob from Richmond VA

    I think it's the Obama/Clinton combination. Obama is energizing and motivating America's young people and getting them involved by the thousands. Clinton is energizing those who lover her and those who hate her, creating the perfect storm of political primaries. And who benefits the most? The media! People are actually watching primary coverage daily, hourly and minute-to minute!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  122. Kathleen Peterson

    At late, something positive we can credit George Bush with.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  123. Brandi

    Ron Paul is the reason I registered to vote for the very first time, and maybe the last. But I don't see him on the CNN poll. Perhaps this hero who could save our country is simply a figment of my imagination. I am a dreamer, after all.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  124. Jason DT, Milford, MA

    Jack, the voting public is now turning out in record numbers for the primaries. It think they'e had enough nonsense from the village idiot to see that there may be some hope out there or, at least, a possibility that elected leaders can have some intelligence and actually show some concern for what's happening to all the rest of us.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  125. John in Tampa

    Why the heavy turnout of voters. After 8 years of Geroge W. Bush, aren't you angry enough to want to be heard?

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  126. Chris

    Phoenix, AZ

    My answer: Fear of more of the same.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  127. Russell Jensen

    Hello Jack!

    In response to your question, I'll offer this small bit. This year was the first year that I *ever* attended a caucus, and I did so for the following reasons:
    1. I personally feel that for the first time, I've got somebody (Obama) that I can stand behind and really support.

    2. It has been so powerfully disturbing what George Bush has been allowed to do, that if I didn't get involved somehow to help repair the damage, well, how could I even look myself in the mirror anymore?

    3. I'm absolutely terrified of what McCain will do and I'm so tired of the Clintons...

    4. The fact that Obama (and Edwards) told special interests to go get bent was great.

    5. Finally, somebody actually gets that people thrive in an environment of hope, not negativity. Fear-mongering and negativity will only bring you down in the end.

    Hope this helps!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  128. Ryan, Wooster, OH

    Jack,
    It's the same reason we sing 'My Country Tis of Thee' to the tune of 'God Save the Queen'. This is what happens when those in power insist they know what's in my best interest better than I do.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  129. Doug

    Remember "It's the economy stupid?" Well this time It's George Bush! People are so fed up with what our current President has done to this country, they realize they can't afford to sit on their hands and risk having another idiot win the White House in 2008. You're right, the Rethuglicans should be shaking under their beds!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  130. Ralph from NYC

    Jack, the people are tired of an administration that turned its back on them and their problems here at home. They look to the Democrats, Obama in particular, to give them the changes they need in their lives.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  131. Marcus, Dallas, Texas

    The reason behind record turnouts???? Are you serious??? GEORGE W. BUSH! Thank GOD his bumbling of our government is almost over!!!! Let's hope the damage he has done to this country isn't reversable.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  132. Tom from San Diego, CA

    I am seeing more and more people in my area deciding they want a change in their government, a change that seems impossible for traditional candidates to provide. Obama lacks experience compared to the other candidates, but experience is precisely what voters dislike in this election. Newness. Hope. Those are the great concepts for this election. Bush destroyed our dreams and we want them back. Certainly Clinton can claim experience, but experience in a system the electorate has come to loathe. Today will have a tremendous impact on America's future, and I dearly hope that all of us who can vote do so to express our beliefs and dreams.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  133. drew

    Beginning in Iowa, where Obama drew in more supporters than the top four Republicans combined, and continuing through states like South Carolina, where he outpolled McCain and Clinton combined, it has become apparent that the nation is tired of Bush's policies, and that they similarly are hoping for a candidate who will reach beyond the partisan battles of the past.

    Rush Limbaugh's cries to vote for Hillary Clinton notwithstanding, Americans are looking for a leader who will represent more than just the people who vote for him or her. That is the essence of Obama's campaign, and the essence of his record shattering support.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  134. nate

    2 words: Barack Obama

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  135. Michael

    Jack, The reason for the high turn out? It's the Economy STUPID ! ! !
    While in Texas Obama nor Hillary spoke about the failed NAFTA Agreement which has only made a few American's Trillionaires. I thought the goal was to product jobs in poor countries, so the wouldn't have to migrate here illegally. I voted for Obama, but I didn't like the fact that he ahd Hill ducked the NAFTA question...... Jack, I just love your Straight Talk on most of the topics. . . Keep Given 'em Hell Old Chapp! ! !

    One day you could be answering that phone at the whitehouse at 3am in the morning. . . LOL

    Michael – Arlington Texas

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  136. LIZ KEESEE

    Record Turnouts because of the obvious 2 first–a woman and an African American–plus there are so many problems facing our country. I sincerely hope Clinton stays in the race whether she wins Ohio or Texas or not. So much is unknown about Sen. Obama and things are just now beginning to surface–his flip-flop on NAFTA, tyhe Rezko trial, his explantions being "misspoke" or just brushing off the serious questions, etc.
    Tulsa, OK

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  137. Dane

    That's easy. Notice that the turnout is on the Democratic side of the aisle? This is because not only do the Dems have 2 candidates they're very excited about, but the end of the era of King George of Crawford is finally coming to an end, and liberals everywhere are ready for the door to hit him on the rear end on way out while they recapture control again of the White House after this long, hard period for the country.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  138. Donna Richardson

    I am a woman over 60 and I would like to have the opportunity to vote for a woman for president, especially Hillary Clinton who is most qualified.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  139. Gary Tighe

    Hi Jack,
    The real high point of this election cycle is the reenergized young voters. The eighteen to twenty somethings that have notoriously sat out the last dozen election cycles have suddenly figured out that politics is important in their lives.

    I suspect seven years of the Bush Administration helped convince them. Then there’s the fact a woman and African-American with a real shot at the White House are running neck and neck. That energizes all demographic groups.

    It’s a proud moment in American politics and folks want to be part of it.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  140. Steve from Burlington, MA

    The increased turnout is due to the complete frustration on the results of the last two general elections. Why else would the number of voters be so much more for the Democratic Primaries? And I do not believe it is because the Republican decision is so much clearer. The numbers were like this right from the beginning in December...

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  141. Sam J. Shadden

    Jack the record turnout is driven by none other than George W. Bush. Americans are so sick of him they can't wait to throw him out and all those that that have backed him for the last eight years. John McCain has as much of a chance at winning in November as the proverbial snowball in hell.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  142. Alexis from Houston

    The record turnout is a result of Barak Obama's ability to use the media to turn the Democratic primary into a part of popular culture. He's become a rock star, and this presence has inspired Obama lovers and Clinton lovers alike to come out in droves.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  143. Dave Romer

    Are you Kidding ? The incompetence of the current bush administration has finally awoken the American public. Time to take our government back from the special interest groups and the Christian right.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  144. Joan Barnes

    My idealist self would like to think the last 7 years of a government that was for anything but "of the people, by the people and for the people" has the people out using their voices/votes to take back their government. But reality sets in and the motivation for voters may simply be paying $3.00/gallon for gas and other economic woes hitting our pocketbooks.

    Joan, Lincoln, Nebraska

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  145. MICHAEL RICH

    Indianapolis, IN – Perhaps the record turnout arises from people's assumption that the last two elections were stolen, that there really is regret that the Repug's have had four more years, and that the Democrats are attempting to ensure their votes overwhelm anything the other side pulls this go round!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  146. K.C.

    Jack,

    You'll never convince me the record turnout is because of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. This is about Barack Obama! Simply, the man has motivated people to vote like no one I've ever seen...I mean people that really never cared before. Why? He understands and connects with people like no one I've ever seen. I think his message is very believable, and the cynics just can't stand it!

    Marion, IA

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  147. Marcus mt.olive

    Nothing good on tv.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  148. Dane

    That's easy. Notice that the turnout is on the Democratic side of the aisle? This is because not only do the Dems have 2 candidates they're very excited about, but the era of King George of Crawford is finally coming to an end, and liberals everywhere are ready for the door to hit him on the rear end on way out while they recapture control again of the White House after this long, hard period for the country.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  149. Steve

    In past elections I've always found myself voting for the person I thought would do the least damage to our country, instead of the best person for the job. It was always the lesser of two evils. I'm a registered independent, and try to vote for the right person. In those past elections, voter turnout was generally pretty bad.

    In this election, at least on the Democratic side, we have two excellent candidates, either of whom will do great things if they get elected. This is the first primary in a long time where the candidates are so good, that their "fans" really, seriously home for them to win and carry us forward. It is the first election in a long time where the candidates continue to run neck-and-neck. It is American politics operating as the founding fathers intended. Americans are responding. There is new excitement and new hope, and the political system doesn't seem quite so rotten these days. We are stoked!

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  150. George Girton

    George Bush has been such an incredible disaster as US President that people JUST CAN'T WAIT to vote for a democratic replacement. Isn't it obvious?

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  151. Matt

    Hey Jack – I'd say it's probably due to a couple of reasons. One being that, as you mentioned earlier, the diversity of the candidates is quite broad and that makes for some interest in the whole affair. Beyond that, I would say it's because the country wants to make sure that we don't go through what we've been through for the past two Presidential terms. If Bush did anything in his two terms, I think he made sure more Americans take part in the democratic process... I guess being a somewhat questionable President did have at least one good outcome.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  152. Jon

    Jack,

    I think the last 8 years and the presence of some very attractive candidates are bringing people to the polls. No matter what their political conviction is, people are motivated to vote either to preserve the perceived gains of the past several years or to bring about some kind of change. As all the candidates are at some level promoting a change in direction many people feel there is much more at stake than ever.

    March 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  153. Brian

    The desire to see the back-side of Geo. W. Bush, and his pack of Constitution-quashing thugs who have played on the fears of the masses only to enrich themselves.

    in PA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  154. Jane

    I always vote. It's not just my right it's my responsibility. Plus I can't complain if I don't participate.

    I am SICK of not trusting the government. I have always been able to feel respect for the office of the president, regardless of who held the office. But not now. I am so sick of Bush getting away with criminal acts, with being just downright stupid, and so terribly detrimental to our country. I'm participating because it helps me feel like I'm working harder to get W out of there faster. He and his VP need to get out now!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  155. AlexC

    Jack,

    Simple: folks are extremely disappointed and tired of the last 8 yrs of this government. They want change and a new direction and it seems like the Democrats are playing to their ears. Obama has done a very good job of energizing the young crowd. Most seasoned politicians ignored this voting block as historically it's one of the groups with least participation in general elections. Most middle-class folks feel that they are NOT better of today than 8 yrs ago. Gas prices have almost tripled, their housing equity is shrinking, the Iraq war is now 5 yrs long and still going, and the economy is in the doldrums. If that combination doesn't get you stirred up, I don't know what will.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  156. Mark Fergel

    It's easy, Democrats aren't taking any chances this time. Slim margins for the last few elections have prompted Democrats to realize that if they are going to win that they need to show up in huge numbers and make sure recounts are pointless.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  157. John

    Simple...because McCain pretty much sewed up the nomination quite a while ago. Republicans are now able to participate in Democratic primaries in order to support the candidate that's easier to beat. This system needs to be fixed.... I'm all for democracy, but the democrats are choosing a candidate to represent them in November. Why would other parties be allowed to influence this decision?

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  158. d thomsen

    after being uder a leadership that largely was negative and generally unresponsive to the majority of americans, it should be no suprise to anyone that something different is almost worshipped. no matter what happens we have an important first in america; two candidates(on the dem side) that would set a great record for us and i believe restore our image around the world. (we can only go up)
    put an end to the ill-thought-out war in iraq and the "divine right" philosophy of the bush-cheney regime and the fellow far-righters of the senate and house.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  159. Lori S

    The reason for the huge turnout in voters is simple: this country is in a deep economic funk. Factor in an inept foreign policy and you have the recipe for a revolt.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  160. John

    One factor that I believe plays into this a bit is that this is the first election since 1952 that neither party is running the sitting president or vice president. I think this has generated a lot of attention to the _whole_ process this year. It feels much more "open" than usual, and feels as though it will be somewhat less of a referendum on the current administration. There's more of a sense (on both sides) that we're going to go in some new direction, and I think this has a lot of people energized.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  161. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Record turnouts are due to this opportunity to "make history" since we have, for the first time, the opportunity to nominate a woman or an African-American for the highest office in the land. Hillary has energized women voters who might not otherwise have been out there, and Barack has energized not only the African-American community but also the youth of all races and genders. The result is record turnout now, and hopefully again in November.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  162. Doug From Bethlehem, PA

    Jack...The record turnout can be explained in one word: Dubya. After 8 years of reckless leadership from a President who was not legitimately elected in the first place and then sadly re-elected to a second term, people are anxious to assure that this insanity ends and that we don't continue down the same disastrous path. We desperately need a fresh vision which will restore America's credibility and former stature as leader of the free world.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  163. Peter

    Its simple Jack – 8 years of George Bush.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  164. Doug

    The last 8 years of W's ruinous presidency have made obvious to many the costs of not paying attention to the election process.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  165. Doug

    Remember “It’s the economy stupid?” Well this time It’s George Bush! People are so fed up with what our current President has done to this country, they realize they can’t afford to sit on their hands and risk having another idiot win the White House in 2008. You’re right, the Rethuglicans should be shaking under their beds!

    Doug T. Columbia, SC

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  166. Allen L Wenger

    It is the realization, by a large percentage of our population, that we need to change the course of our future. Many Americans are ashamed of our deeds during the past 7 years. We have forsaken diplomacy and have become the bully of the world. We start wars, torture prisoners, have secret prisons, refuse to abide by international agreements, belittle our allies, insult all those who disagree with us, and spy on our citizens. We value the rights of large corporations to make money, more than we value the lives of ordinary people. We know that if these things continue, there will be a lot more wars in our future.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  167. Bob Robson

    Simple, the country is in a dire situation thanks to the incompetence of the Bush administration. If anyone wondered just what it would take to get the American electorate engaged they have their answer now – economic recession and endless war. Democrats are particularly engaged because there is a strong feeling that our nominee is a sure thing in the fall, so our primary is for all practical purposes the election that will determine the next president.

    Houston, Texas. Voted early, caucusing tonight.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  168. AnnMarie

    Jack,

    For me and for many women, it is a chance to see a qualified, experienced, and intelligent woman like Hillary Clinton in the White House. I don't see any time in the near future when we will have another chance like this. GO HILLARY 08!

    Ann in Ohio

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  169. Judith M. Shade

    We are waking up and discovering that votes really do count! We want to take our country back from the incompetents that are running (?) it today. Only our laziness and inattention are to blame for what has happened these past 7+ years.

    Judi Shade
    Hilton Head Island SC

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  170. Pete

    "It's the economy stupid"... and the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan and the war on terror and current fuel prices and 8 years of horrible leadership and job loss and ...I think American's are finally realizing that if they follow the leader instead of choosing him or her this is what we get and there just plain sick of it.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  171. Martha Gruber

    Interesting and diversified candidates.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  172. Dave

    Clinton is a bug that won't go away until she feels that she gets her due. Obama was simply dared to run for president. Both are running for the wrong reasons and both have spouses that are liabilities. I couldn't stomach 4 years of either candidate who are nothing more than a couple of cartoons trying to come to life. Not everyone who's a senator should attempt the presidency. Kennedy proved that you can do more to change this country for the better through legislation over time as a senator.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  173. Bob Navarro

    The urgency to choose anyone else that will not lead the country to another war–such as Senator McCain. If he can casually make a joke about "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" then we will have another Bushalike to contend with–and the country can definitely not afford it anymore.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  174. don

    The answer is simple: Americans are doing everything within their power to move forward from the most failed administration in the history of this country. This is their voice and it's really the only power that the average American has.
    Anyone who can sit back in this catastrophic atmosphere and NOT go through the process of voting should be ashamed of themselves. Not voting is clearly a voice that say, 'everything is OK. Nothing to see here'
    and that's simply not the case.
    This country has been drowning for a long time and this is the only buoy most of us have and we're going to cling to it.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  175. DMitri NY

    Higher voter turnout for Democrats compared to Republicans is music to America's ears come November, not to mention the rest of the world. It's been a cruddy 7+ years. There is a lot of remediation to do....

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  176. UV, New Jersey

    People of this country are unhappy with current administration and they can't wait until new administration comes in and change path of our nation. Also Young man named Obama has generated lot of interest like Bill Clinton did in 1992.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  177. Shawn L.

    I believe that people are frightened about the future of this country.

    Like the Titanic, we are headed towards an iceberg made up of dozens of issues facing this country. Millions of jobs being shipped overseas, national debt growing to astrological numbers, rapid inflation causing the dollar to be worth less and less, the start of a recession, and a never ending war in Iraq that has drained hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives.

    There are VERY few people who think that the country is better off now than it was eight years ago. We need change, rapid change, a complete turnabout in policy of the government. Americans are hurting, and its only getting worse.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  178. Tom Simon, Alexandria, VA

    It's pretty easy to know why there are record amounts of people turning out. Both sides are playing a victim, and Democrats LOVE their victims!! It's just a question of who plays the better "Oh wooo is me role."

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  179. Barbara

    Three reasons for the record turn out :

    1. Because we're scared to death that we will end up with another 8 year wonder like we have now...

    2. Because many of us are excited to vote for a female.

    3. Because many of us are thrilled to vote for a candidate of color.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  180. Marty Badgett

    Not a difficult thing to answer: Its the pathetic state Bush has lead this country into. It is little wonder why Americans are out voting. We want change.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  181. Melissa, Portland, OR

    I am 27 and speak on behalf of my age group, which has only been able to participate in the last two presidential elections. This is the first time in eight years that I have seen the candidates speak directly to our generation and recognize the value of its voice in helping to shape our future. They not only speak to us, they represent us, bringing the White House into our living room and helping us see the connection between our lives and what's at stake for the nation.

    We have experienced a tumultous eight years in our history as a country, and I don't think I'm alone in saying that we are all eager to move into a new, more positive chapter. For the first time in my young adulthood, I am convinced that this is possible. This is what drives me to act.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  182. Rada

    Yea, It's all good exept for the people in Michigan and Florida.... we are just left out. The funny part about it is that acording to what I was told yesterday by a DNC employee that no the 1.7 millon votes casted in Florida in January will not count and YES they are counting on us to deliver Florida come November.... NOT A PRAYER...DON'T COUNT ON US. Is not going to happen.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  183. Eric Kingsley

    Its because this country is in such a mess because of the folks we've elected over the past decade. We want someone to fix the mess. The only problem is that I am not sure if any of the remaining Republicans or Democrats will be any better.

    We need a breath of fresh air which will only come with a viable 3rd party candidate, sorry Ralph that ain't you!

    -Eric

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  184. Cathy

    It's George Bush's legacy Jack. We all agree with him that a legacy is an important thing for a president to have. I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Texas we can't RUN to the voting booth fast enough! If we could speed up the clock and get him out of the Oval Office sooner rather than later, how sweet would that be?

    Cathy
    Midway, TX

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  185. tony

    We all know that America wants to dump the Republicans after Bush (this is coming from a Republican). The erosion of civil liberties, the war, and the lack of environmental and energy vision, speaks to a need for new leadership. Perhaps people are anxious to usher in the change with their votes.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  186. Michael

    Jack, Democrats are turning out in record numbers because they are sick and tired of what has taken place for the past 7 years. Bush, and his band of brothers (not the ones he didn't serve in Viatnam with but the rubber stamp congress of '01-'06) have undone so much that was good about this county, folks are simply realizing it's time to make a change for the better. The voters threw the bums out in '06, but not enough of them to right the ship. So this time, they are coming in to finish the job. It's time for a new captain, and crew.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  187. Oliver fron NJ

    Jack it's a few simple reasons.

    This was the most wide open primary in 50 years. This had made the primary process more competetive and people are excited that their vote actually means something.

    And the reason for the substantial Democratic advantage in turnout stems from the misery that we have haven endured under the divisive and incompetent rule of George Bush.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  188. Jan

    Only one word explains the record voter turnout: Barack!

    Jan, Alexandria, VA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  189. Roland

    Jack: One person is responsible for the record turnout, Barack Obama! Obama has energized people, especially young people to believe that they have an interest in government. There is nothing inspirational about Hillary, (she's only good at being negative). The reality is that the only people who do not historically vote that Hillary is bringing out to the polls are those who want to vote against her. We have seen countless politicians try to motivate the young to go to the polls and no one with the exception of Obama since Kennedy have been able to do that.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  190. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We don't want another 100 years of war in Iraq;
    We want fair taxation but also representation;
    We want leadership; not Iraq, Iraq, Iraq.
    Can you imagine what the turnout would be if the primaries were held in May with all states having early voting for a week, and all had the same rules- vote for whom you want regardless of "YOUR" party and the delegates are decided by equal math, not winner take all !!!!!!!! Of course there would not be any Clinton super delegates, the people would decide, but this sounds too much like a democracy.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  191. Joe

    Simple; enough people realized the trouble this country can get into when you have a president who barely wins two elections (and the first one is still questionable) where less than have the folks that could vote did vote. The people woke up, and no longer want a president voted in by 25% of the eligible population who thinks he has a "mandate" to run the country.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  192. Kevin Kelley

    Senator Obama has energized just about everyone with his positive message for America. I won't vote for him; but I have to give him credit for getting people to vote in the primaries.

    K. Kelley

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  193. Tim T

    Dear Jack,

    The internet could be playing a huge role in voter turnout, but I suspect the real reason is the Wars we are fighting on multiple fronts.

    Tim T

    Austin, Tx

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  194. Mary Raffetto

    You're kidding, right? Where have you been for the last seven years? I could spent a lot of time writing down all the blunders, lies, corruption, hypocrisy and other atroscities committed by Bush and other republicans, but you and the rest of the American people are well aware of them. It's frightening to think about the things that we don't know! Most Americans are very sick and tired of it all and want not only change but progress, too. It is energizing and uplifting to know that most care enough to get out there and vote. I haven't seen interest like this in a Texas primary in my lifetime. And I believe it will carry over in November and Dems will sweep most of the Repubs out of office. Even in Texas, their day in the sun is over.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  195. Maggie Parslow

    Why the record turnout you ask? It's because we are so very tired of the horrible administration we've had for the last 7+ years! We want to regain our strong likeable position in the world, and we need to mend our sufferring economy. There are so many reason why, the real question would be if there were NOT a record turnouts everywhere!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  196. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Well Jack it's a couple of things. First there's anger, the constant reports of corruption,ineptitude,sexual indiscretions and cronyism. Secondly is fear. The policies of this administration have resulted in the death of some million plus people in Iraq and a good portion of the world hates our guts. No matter where a person resides in this country he or she knows somebody or knows somebody who knows somebody that has been killed or maimed fighting in Iraq. Our death toll will reach 4000 soon and the report of that 4000th death should be met with the next big march on Washington. Our homes are being foreclosed, our jobs are leaving, and the American dream is vanishing for the middle class in this country. It's about time the electorate started paying attention and using the only voice they have.. They're vote

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  197. bill

    I think people are afraid McMain will get elected. The Bushies did a whisper campaign in 2000, telling us Sen. McCain couldn't be trusted with the nuclear arsonal because he had been tortured and brainwashed. He sure seems nuts to me. Maybe George was right for once.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  198. marc

    Apathy resulted in eight years of fraud, failure, polarization, and greed; not to mention a misguided military venture, rampant abuse of consumers by wall street, major increases in cost of living, do I need to say more. Thus more participation has resulted. My question is will it make it a difference in the long run, or is the system broken?

    haverstraw, ny

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  199. Cynthia

    I think that the record voter turnout(which is still low, compared to countries like the UK and France)is that voters are longing for the overused word: change.

    It is a warning to Washington DC that we are tired of "business as usual" and that if government doesn't start listening to the will and the needs of the people, instead of catering to themselves and all the special interest groups and PAC's, we might be facing another revolution. We are pissed with the status quo. It is beyond time that the two political parties stop fighting over who gets the best toys in the sandbox.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  200. Jan Collins

    It's more than,"It's the economy stupid".
    It's that a vote means something this time.
    It's that to have the vote make a difference,Barack Obama needs to become President.
    Just picture Jan 20th,2009!
    So many people from all over this great country who feel a part of this campaign will go to Washington D.C.. For one brief moment the world will be tip tilted. Let's just hope that we don't all slide off into the Atlantic Ocean!

    Jan Collins, Hillsboro,Or.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  201. Joel

    Why the record turnout? For myself, as a 20 year old college student, it is because I feel like my first election will also be the most important of my life, so already I feel like it is important to have my voice heard.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  202. James Martin

    The media. You guys must keep it a horse race to keep viewers and readers interested. You attack the front runner until they fall back then you attack the new front runner. Ratings and ad revenue are all important in the corporate media game.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  203. Andrew Irvine, CA

    What's generating these record turn outs? People not only want change, they NEED change. Our economy is faltering, we're losing jobs to other nations, and the cost of everything from food to gas to leisure is skyrocketing. Whether it's the first female president or the first black president, it doesn't matter because they both promise us change... and we want it, badly.

    Perhaps this is also why the republicans are having such a lousy turn out. Even if they wanted change, McCain only promises the same. The same war, the same tax breaks for the wealthy, the same George W. mentality – and I have a sneaky suspicion even the Republicans are growing tired of our current president's antics.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  204. Janet

    What's bringing people out is having a choice of strong candidates for the first time in a long, long time. Love 'em or hate 'em, all the candidates have been exciting and I think that voters feel connected to their chosen candidates in ways that they haven't been before. It's basically excitment about having a choice between dynamic candidates instead of the having to deal with the lesser of two evils, especially on the democratic side. All three candidates make voters feel something that makes them want to participate because this time it just might matter who the voters actually chose, not who the electoral college and the Supreme Court tell us we have to accept.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  205. David Suskin

    After watching eight long years of a steady decline in the economy, healthcare, environment and world respect, I think that people realize how important their vote is this year. As a young voter, this is the first time that I am truly concerned about the direction that this country is headed in.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  206. Andre from Altadena

    Well let's be clear, the record turnout is only in ONE party. The Republicans don't think we need change. The Democrats are about to make history, not only by making chage in America, but by advancing equality no matter who the candidate is.

    The candidates are saying things that resonate with the people, and the people are responding by voting.

    Let me know when the so-called party of Lincoln catches up.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  207. Jason

    Perhaps those people who don't support George Bush fear the possibility that his Republican successor, whomever it may be, will continue Bush's agenda, and want to make sure that the next four years are nothing like the last eight.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  208. Shaun Amherst, MA

    It's several things, Jack. It's the fact that we will most likely make history and elect either the first female or first black President. It is the fact that these candidates are getting the picture on what America wants. It is the fact that we have a competitive Democratic primary. But, most importantly, everyone is excited that George W. Bush will not be on the ballot in November!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  209. Sam Salma

    Could the mainstream media have to witness their much hated candidate Senator Clinton not only survive but come out winning much better what the "talking heads" have been predicting.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  210. Connie S

    My 401k is bleeding out and my IRA is following suit. My son figures he will still still be repaying student loans when he goes on Social Security....if there is such a thing in his future. My daughter who has multiple health problems can barely afford insurance offered by her employer even with taking the highest deductible and the minimum of coverage. Our single biggest asset....our home....is barely worth what we paid for it 20 years ago. Oh....and by the way....my husband will be laid off soon because of some supplier relocating to Mexico. Need any more reasons Jack for people turning out in record numbers to vote ?

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  211. Don S.

    Jack, there was a time when people would say, "it really doesn't matter... my one vote won't make a difference anyway!"

    Many of them failed to vote in 2000 & 2004, and now they really "feel" the repercussions of not voting... big business and the elites putting in place a "King" that doesn't respect the constitution and abuses his power....

    Now they're voting!

    Don S.
    Overland Park, KS

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  212. Leslie

    I believe that for the first time in a long time, people are hopeful that this train wreck of American government can be not only stopped, but turned around. People want the war stopped, the troops home, the homeland safe, and the economy stable. They want a president that is articulate and
    is someone who we can be proud of. They want someone who is going to reach across the isle and get down to business. What a concept!! It is one of the most exciting moments in our political process that I have witnessed in my 60 years.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  213. Petter

    Two words: Barack Obama.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  214. Barbara

    Senator Clinton's negatives were up in the 47-50% bracket before this election. Count me as one of the older white women who was motivated to get active because I never have believed she was the best choice for president.

    As for others-do not discount Obama's call to come together. He is inspiring.

    Seattle, WA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  215. Dem in PA

    Two words:
    BUSH & CHENEY

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  216. Stephanie, Denver

    The issues in this election span all generations. As a voter in my 20s, I'm glad other voters my age are getting involved. Although the average voter my age doesn't care about Social Security and what may be seen as issues of older generations, they do care about the economy, healthcare, and Iraq. These issues directly affect young voters. It's about time politicians had to address issues that affect the younger generations to get the votes and not just the issues retired voters care about.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  217. Derrick T.

    Jack the answer is simple. WE as Americans irregardless of race, gender, religion or ethnic background are DEMANDING change. We are tired of the same old regime. This is one election where the argument of 'experience' is not a convincing one because it is because of EXPERIENCED politicians that our economic and foreign policy situations are in dyer straights. Also, speaking as an Obama supporter, and as a 39 y.o. registered voter who has been voting faithfully for the past 21 years this is the very first election that I have been geniunely inspired to vote for a candidate. In past elections I have always just settled for the lesser of two evils or gone by political resume's that in the end didn't make that particular candidate no better qualified than their opponent. Go Obama! God bless you for inspiring us to want better from our ourselves and from our government!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  218. Terri Lindgren

    I am in Austin Texas, well just outside Austin anyway. I always vote but in my 49 years I have never felt more compelled to do so in a primary. The reason for me, quite simply, is I can hardly wait to replace the current administration. I am voting Obama for all the reasons Clinton claims are faults. I am sick of business as usual in DC and hope like crazy Obama will stir up Washington politics. One of the things I am proudest of this voting season is all the young people who are actively participating. I am glad they are no longer going to allow the older generation to choose who will make all the decisions for them. It is refreshing and gives me even more hope than Barack Obama does. By the way, I study the voting records and actions by candidates and Obama has worked harder than Hillary ever has to get where he is today, we need that kind of person in the Whitehouse...a person of action.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  219. louise turner

    8 years of the Bush power grab & 2 years of a new congress ignoring a voter mandate to DO SOMETHING concrete to counter Bush & Co

    VERY GOOD democratic candidates

    Ron Paul & Dennis Kucinich raising ESSENTIAL issues, even when ignored & minimalized (PS – they are SO right)

    media failing in the crucial watchdog role (not you)

    Ralph Nader reminding me that I must pay attention & actively fight as a grateful American patriot (too bad I will not vote for him)

    (commenting from winter park, florida)

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  220. Elizabeth

    Jack, It's simple! Voting citizens are sick and tired of the Bush Administration lies and betrayal of the American people. If the war isn't our daily reminder that George Bush and friends will throw this whole country under the bus in the name of their own interests, then the recession should. We will not follow like cattle of the ridge. If Congress won't turn this herd around then we will. We will stop it!

    Former Active Duty Air Force member, Liz in Anchorage Alaska.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  221. Dennis Stevens

    Because the nation doesn't want another 8 years like we have been through. And although, I am an independent, I hope the interest results in a candidate we can vote for versus a candidate we vote against.

    It seems in the past several elections, since Reagon's second term we voted for the lesser of 2 evils instead of for someone.

    Hopefully that changes ib 2008.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  222. Leon Scott, Jr.

    I think that the Bush administration made people feel "left out' of the decision making processes of the government. People wanted to feel like they were a part of that process again. We began to see the ramifications of not taking part and letting the government do as they please. We as a people, are tired. We're tired of this baseless war. Tired of the poor economy. Tired of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.Tired of our jobs leaving and the companies that send them away getting rewarded for it. Tired of seeing this great country being sold to the highest bidder. We want Washington ,as a whole, to change. We want a government that WORKS for us. After all, it is power to the people, not the politicians.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  223. Grace

    Folks are sick and tired of the mess we are in with (because of) the current administration! FEED UP!!!! So we are exercising our right to make it better but it may be too little too late. Whoever wins will be stumped in their efforts by the avalanche of issues and problems that are sure to be left at the back door when George and crew move out....

    Clinton, McCain, Obama – I hope you have a strong shovel and a closepin for your nose -because you will be up to your... in....

    Michigan

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  224. Claude Harding

    I have always followed American politics thanks to my father. This is the first time, I am truly inspired to get involve and actively participate. Obama speaks to my generation who will not benefit from the welfare state unless the Baby Boomers finally fix the problem of enttilements among a cornucopia of problems. We are saddled with student loans, rampant inflation, a tax system which discourages investments and savings (triple taxation) and cripples the middle class. My husband and I sacrificed much to earn our education and live modestly. Unlike many, we chose a conventinal mortgage and meet our financial obligations. The bloating federal budget and trade deficits are great concerns to me. America needs to tigthen the belt and be more fiscally responsible. I wish there was an option to opt out of the tax rebate....CHINA IS FINANCING IT AND I WILL HAVE TO PAY THAT BILL...NO THANKS.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  225. John Svetik

    The record turnouts are a sign that the Bush Administration has the people of this country terrified that there will be more of the same for the next eight years. Too bad it's going to be more of the same for the next eight years no matter who's elected.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  226. william terry jr

    the answer in two words, republican party

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  227. Melissa

    I think many of us in the US are directly impacted by the issues we are facing on a daily basis. Many have had the opportunity to purchase a home, earn a college degree but are now facing financial woes despite our accomplishements due to the current downturn in our ecomony. We can all relate or knows someone affected by the healthcare issues in America. Our primary concern is the ecomony and we're all tuning in to see how the presidential candidates can assist us. This goes beyond our elected officials representing us in Washington. It now begins with our President.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  228. Ed Via, Camden Ohio

    Pretty simple . . . 7 years of the Bush administration. People are desperate for a change in direction. Hopefully Americans are emerging from their deadly apathy and this election will be the beginning of a larger social movement to restore the things that are best about America. . . respect for the rule of law, a government that works for the common good, etc. And it will take more than simply changing the person residing in the White House. Politicians don't effect change; people effect change.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  229. Diane Conte

    One word, George Bush.....

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  230. Stephanie, Pennsylvania

    The record turnouts speak directly to the sense of urgency in this country. People see a floundering economy, record-high fuel and food prices, an endless war, failing education system, skyrocketing unemployment, homelessness, and struggling health care system. What is there to be encouraged out right now? These situations used to only affect the poor, however now they are touching the middle and upper classes. Across the board people see a need for major changes in the way our nation is run!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  231. Randy Porter Mo.

    Jack, you just answered your own question in your first line. People are turning out in record numbers, because of the diversity of the candidates. I normally don`t question the intelligence of the American voter, but this time I think most people are jumping in with blinders on. It`s like a teen-ager in love, they only see or listen to what they want to. People are going to vote on the blind assumption that they might be part of history, ignoring the fact that these people might not be qualified for the job. I think that both of the Democratic candidates have a hidden agenda. Clinton and Obama want to make us believe they care about everybody equally, but when one of them gets in the white house, we wll see the most radical race and gender ideas ever.It would not fly in the election, but they will try with a victory.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  232. Jessica Escue

    People are voting in record numbers because their vote actually matters this year. In elections past, the candidate was decided by the time states like Texas and Ohio voted. Now that it is still contested, people want their voices to be heard.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  233. Collins

    In some cases it's an anti-Bush vote and in others it's a recognition that we face serious problems, from war to the economy, which will require good leadership to fix. By voting were are participating in the fix.

    On another note:
    One thing has become an obvious reminders of the Clinton years, the divisive nature of a Clinton campaign, Women against men/Press against the people/Older Dems against younger, attacks and underhanded plays. they play a scorched earth game.
    the media has bought in this "You must attack my rival for me or you're against me" policy.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  234. Karen

    Record dismay and disgust with our current leadership equals record voter turnout. The average citizen in this country is suffering, and has been caught in the crossfire of warmongerers and an inept congress far too long.

    Decatur, GA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  235. Al Perry

    We're seeing a record turnout because voters are deeply concerned about serious issues - including the recession, the three-trillion-dollar war, a gutless and lobbyist-controlled Congress and a secretive, far-too-powerful White House.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  236. Josh

    The Democratic turnout is so high because Republicans are trying to fiddle with the Dem nomination. No telling how many Texas Republicans had to grin and bear voting for Hillary today. It's crooked and need to be stopped.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  237. Frank Connellsville, PA

    How many times have we heard "every vote counts?" No matter who you are for or against, it seems this time it really matters. Very few "wins" have been knock outs, more TKOs. Finally, the average citizen seems to have a real voice in the process.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  238. Sandi Milavec

    People are excited about the Democratic candidates and they are sending a message that they can't wait until Bush is out of the White House. Most of us wish it were January 20, 2009 tomorrow. I don't think McCain stands a chance if the record numbers of primary voters show up again in November.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  239. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    In a word: Obama.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  240. Samantha Nocera

    Because Americans are tired. We are tired of situations where less-advantaged people are being disenfranchised, tired of slow responses to critical situations, and tired of the same old broken promises, and the red herrings used to distract from them. I am one of the very many people without adequate health coverage, I also live below the poverty line, and being on disability means I rely heavily on state aid. Bush's recent attempts at cutting back on Medicaid impacts me in a very negative way—and such moves have been characteristic of his administration.

    We are plunging into a recession, fuel prices are so high that many people have had to park their cars, and we hear nothing from the President other than 'I wasn't told about that'. Situations like Hurricane Katrina and the above reveal how very detached he is from the problems day to day Americans face.

    We are active in the process this time because it's time for a 'hands-on' President; one who is going to walk with us, rather than dictate from an ivory tower too high to see what is happening on the ground.

    Samantha Nocera,
    Tucson, AZ

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  241. BOB

    We, the people, want are country back. We see what happens when you allow the machine to pick our leaders, ie: GOP and Bush. If ever there was a cry for throw the bums out this is it. Jefferson is smilling from the grave as "The people", arise to change the stutus Quo, from two ho-hum choices this coming Nov.

    Good luck to either Barak or Hillary. My sence says old guy John won't even carry a single state come Nov.

    Bob

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  242. Obamadian

    I believe the record turn out by Democrats is caused by the 8 years of living under the Bush administration who has done nothing to alleviate the problems and sometimes be the root cause of these problems for the citizens all accross America. Another reason is the strong appeal of both Barack and Hillary, one being an African American and the other a woman, either one of them would make history as the Democratic nominee. Both candidates have inspired voters of all demographics but most especially the young people who now realize that they have the power and their voice is being heard by people in Washington.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  243. Greg

    That's easy Jack, Obama. Whether people will give him the majority of the credit or not, it's simply fact. Young people are really into the election, contrary to past elections, and it's pretty ovbious who they're voting for.

    Bucks County, PA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  244. june

    I really think it is because of Barack Obama. He's like a breath ot fresh air, leading us to believe that we can get past partisanship. It makes us believe that the people in Washington will remember that they work for us and that what we want matters. It's possible for us to be proud of America again. And the world won't hate us. We will let the world see that we have respect for them and won't continue to tell them it's our way only that's allowed.

    June

    Danville Virginia

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  245. KJ

    That's easy: We're sick of this Administration and sick of a Congress that didn't deliver on it's promises that got it elected. The only thing Congress has done is increase the minimum wage and give federal funding to drought-stricken farmers. Note I didn't say "get us out of Iraq." With public opinion of the Administration and Congress being the lowest in history, what else would you expect, Jack? I just hope the voters are making informed decisions; it appears they are.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  246. Mark

    Our democracy requires participation to work well. The last 8 years has served a reminder of the perils of letting the few dictate the leadership and direction of the country. Accross both the Democrat and the Republican aisles, they have governed to the interests of the vocal minority within their respective party.

    In reality, we have more in common with our Republican or Democrat nieghbors. This election reflects that we are ready to accept our similarities as well as our responsibilty to be involved in the process. Both McCain and Obama represent the chance that we can quit scoring victories for our respective "base" and instead start to fix the big problems that our Nation is currently facing.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  247. Ron Moore

    This is the election of extremes both for and against.

    For: I want a woman for president; I want a minority male for president; I want experience and maturity; I want young and fresh.

    Against; Not a woman or not Hillary camp and the not a minority or Not Obama camp

    There is a sense that this is more about extreme predjudice than selection of the best person, and it fires people up to vote, but it just may be better than the apathy of years past..

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  248. ernest

    jack the reason for the record turnout is two words george bush.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  249. Diane Conte

    Make that two word, George Bush....LOL....

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  250. Richard Feld

    Its simply all about change! Many folks are thoroughly disgusted with the current administration utter failures and mean to do something about it with a trip to the voting booth.

    Elkins Park, PA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  251. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Three words explain it: George Walker Bush. People are so sick of his regime, his lying us into an unneccesary war, his record deficits, etc etc., that they are desperate for a new beginning. We Dems had two excellent candidates (Edwards & Biden), who could have won in November and given us a new start, but sadly, they were pushed aside. Now there will be George Bush's virtual third term, under McCain, and the new voters will be dismayed; they should have thought this through more carefully.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  252. William Jaworski

    It's all about feeling. We all know that the status quo is not good enough any more. To much bickering and to much self serving
    crap going on in government. In the mean time the people (us) we end up having to fend off all the issues of the day without much help from the government. That leads us all to want to "get involved" and
    at least be implicated in the decision. Even though three wrongs don't make a right, maybe one wrong is better than the other two.

    Her's a question for you!!! What does NAFTA have to do with job losses. Most of the jobs are going to China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia etc. If anything why shouldn't we be forcing Walmart to buy American.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  253. george stinnett

    I am a 64 year old man from Idaho, a democrat, if you can believe that, coming from a 70% republican state. I am fed up, so is all of this great country, simple isn't it, that is why a record number of voters are turning out for the democratic party. This country simply can not take another term for a republican in the white house or we are all in trouble. I think it is a no brainer that we will have a democrat in the white house next November, don't even think it will be close. Signed fed up

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  254. Mark: Aurora, IL

    I think the record turnout is due to a combination of factors. First, the energy that Obama has brought to the campaign has gotten young people involved because he looks and acts different than any other major candidate in their memory. Secondly, many democrats, in particular Hillary Clinton supporters, are nostalgic for the Clinton name.
    The Republican numbers however, while not anywhere near historic lows, are low because the evangelical "base" of the party is not interested in supporting McCain. Nonetheless, McCain has succeeded in drawing out moderate Republicans to vote for the first time in 8 years.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  255. Bill K.

    Two words – Barrack Obama

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  256. Brent Grundke

    People simply want change; which is funny because people came out in record numbers to boot the Republicans out of Congress, and what have they gotten in return? Baseball hearings? On the other hand, I believe that Americans have indeed realized how far off into Right Field this administration is...and they simply want change.

    Cleveland, Ohio

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  257. John Jordan

    What is it about the 2008 election that’s generating record turnouts around the country?

    I think the answer to this question is pretty simple. People are flocking to the polls because they can't wait to be rid of George Bush and his entire corrupt, incompetent administration.

    Voting is the only real way to say, "We don't like where the country is going, we want to change direction."

    Cheers,

    John Jordan
    Ramsey, NJ

    PS The GOP is really in trouble.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  258. Monica Post

    I think Americans (myself included) are just tired of the status quo. It is time for us to worry about OUR country, OUR citizens, OUR children, and stop trying to muscle power all over the world. For goodness sake, the topics of discussion in middle class America are how to cope with rising food costs, fuel costs, real estate taxes. We are a fairly intelligent group of people who are watching ourselves turn into a country that does not take care of its own, nor can it! Things must CHANGE – sooner rather than later! Trenton NJ

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  259. Barry Menefee

    Jack,
    Do you really need to ask this question? Americans (speaking for the masses) want a change. Take your pick; the War, the economy, failing healthcare, a failing "oil driven" world ecosystem, and best of all.. a "business as usual" government. Why are young voters turning out in record numbers? Their future is on the line. Why are we all turning out , our future is certainly on the line.
    Barry Menefee, California

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  260. Jay B

    Its because of Obama and his ability to find the hope that is in America and its future. Barack has had the success that he is having because he can bridge that gap between the Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Sen. Obama is a new face with a new idea. That is why there are huge turnouts around the country.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  261. Todd Pyles

    The current administration's utter failure as leaders has driven everyone to the polls.
    Call it Bush's Legacy...he got everyone wanting to get rid of him.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  262. David

    Since our choices are so bad, people are showing up vote not for who they want for president but to keep the person out of office who they dislike the most. It's that simple.

    David, Atlanta GA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  263. AJ

    To alter a famous line from a movie "We're mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore!!!!" The entire population is sick of the current administration and are willing to get off their collective butts and get involved in deciding who the next president will be. Too bad it took an 8 year train wreck of a president to get us to this point.

    AJ, Ames, Iowa

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  264. Steve Bjorkman

    I think it all comes down to the number of significant issues that have either arisen or remained unresolved over the last few years. Issues such as the Iraq war, illegal immigration, economic uncertainty and the mortgage crisis have troubled many Americans to the point that they feel obligated to speak out in the most powerful way that Americans can – in the voting booths across America!

    Lompoc, CA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  265. Ron Cowan

    The reasoning behind the record turnout is blatantly obvious. Overall dissatisfaction concerning the policies of the Bush Administration has led a revolt against the "business as usual" politics of this generation. (even among Republicans) Couple that sentiment with the first truly viable African American & female candidates and you have the ultimate recipe for the change that all Americans crave. Especially among a younger generation of, heretofore, unheard political neophytes.

    Ron Cowan,
    Clio, Michigan

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  266. vicki

    One word, BUSH !
    People are starting to wake up and want a president we can be proud of. Change is on the way.
    Vicki
    Iowa

    March 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  267. Merrill

    I think that the record turnout is due to the fact that we, as Americans, are tired of business as usual and also afraid of what might happen down the road if we don't turn out to vote and try to change Washington for once!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  268. John From Hopedale, MA.

    Would it have to do with an immoral war that has cost over 4000 lives and trillions (YES, Trllions when all done) of dollars, an incompetent and corrupt administration, the decay of our international standing in the world, a breach of the Constitution concerning our civil liberties, the beginning of a major recession or people are just desperate to be forget the last 7 years, 2 months?? I say all the above and much more!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  269. Richard Lynn, Louisville, KY

    7 years of abuse by the Bush Administration.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  270. Brian Ward

    Jack-

    It's partly that we've seen such record idiocy in Washington during the Bush era, but really the catalyst for this excitement is that people feel like they've a viable alternative to the never-ending insanity. If we elect someone like Barack, Hillary, or even McCain, we'll be a universe away from where we are right now: Hell.

    ~Brian
    Seattle, WA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  271. Charles Stoll

    It obvious to me and the rest of the country that George Bush has made sucha collasal mess of our country that they will turn out in droves to make sure it never happens again.

    I am galad the first time voters are comming out because if the republicans win again, It is them that will be called to fight Mccain's 100 years in Iraq or clean up his bomb, bomb, bomb Iran jingle.

    Democrats are out in nukmbers because all of our lives depend on it. Russia made it clear, Convential war is of the past. We will go NUCULEAR.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  272. Kathie OConnor

    Jack,
    Voters are turning out in large numbers for several reasons:
    #1: The need for change after these long 8 years of the Bush administration. Even the young people in America know we need a big change.
    #2: I also believe voters are turning out in record numbers due to Hillary running. Voters are either rushing to the polls to vote for Clinton as the first woman President, or they are running to the polls to keep her out!

    Many of us do remember the Clinton White House years. Some of it was good. Some of it was very, very bad. We do remember the Hillary Clinton who blamed Bill's problems on a vast right wing conspiracy – even though it turned out he was his biggest problem.

    We need big change – and that means no one by the name of Bush, Clinton, Kennedy.....

    Voting for Clinton is like asking for more of the same.

    Kathie O'Connor
    Roscoe, IL

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  273. sandi

    The reason is simple. Politics as usual doesn't work, and for the first time in a long time we have a cadidate that understands this. You can't keep voting for the same people and expect change. We need government to represent us, not dictate to us. The last eith years demonstrated the latter and now we've had enough.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  274. Karen

    I remember learning "of the people, by the people and for the people" in my civics classes. This is what has been missing for the past 7 plus years. These past years have been "of big business, by big business and for big business"! Any time you have a President who is so far out of touch with reality and does not know that gas (the cheap grade) will soon hit $4 per gallon you know he is only for his old cronies. People are flocking to the polls to get our rights back and our government to be working for us not the profits of Exxon etc.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  275. Leon Scott, Jr.

    I think that the Bush administration made people feel “left out’ of the decision making processes of the government. People wanted to feel like they were a part of that process again. We began to see the ramifications of not taking part and letting the government do as they please. We as a people, are tired. We’re tired of this baseless war. Tired of the poor economy. Tired of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.Tired of our jobs leaving and the companies that send them away getting rewarded for it. Tired of seeing this great country being sold to the highest bidder. We want Washington ,as a whole, to change. We want a government that WORKS for us. After all, it is power to the people, not the politicians. Houston, Tx

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  276. Alan Newell

    It started with the widespread perception of the ineptitude of Bush and his administration. It began to swell with the possibility that we could elect our first ever woman president who had demonstrated that she has the common sense and fighting instincts to repair the damage left by the republicans. But it hit its current heights when Obama emerged with his call to our better natures. We can do better but we all have to do our part. "Forget partisan connections, forget which team you have pulled for in the past, let us meet the challenges at home and abroad together with all the decency and talent which our sometimes flawed but always great nation can summon," was the message that captured our imaginations.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  277. Irving karchmar

    Barack Obama is the reason, and a little Hillary Clinton, and finally, finally, the possibility of no more Bush neocon warmongering Oiligarch autocracy. Thanks for asking and for caring 🙂

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  278. Kat from NH

    The record numbers are due to the record low approval rate of the current administration. The lower that gets, the more the voters want out of that type of "cowboy" politics with which we've been saddled in the past 7 years. The Bush approval is the lowest of any president in our history, thus the greatest turnout to remove any trace.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  279. Carol

    Jack: It's a no brainer! We are sick and tired of politics as usual – I think Obama has said everything that the American people want to hear...now if we can just get him to do what he says to turn this country around. We can not continue to fill the rich's pockets and keep this country going. The economy is in shambles and something needed to be done 2 years ago, but nobody told Pres Bush that there was a problem! And heaven forbid, he'd never find out on his own! Keep getting out the vote folks, we need to clean house in Washington!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  280. Mahadev

    Because people are excited about first time in the US histor either female or african american running for the Democratic nomination. Remember record turnouts only with Democrats not republicans.

    Mahadev

    March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  281. Barry Thompson

    The7+ year catastrophe otherwise known as the George W. Bush presidency is what is fueling the turnout at the polls.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  282. Howard Falice

    Jack, I think part of what we're seeing is young people eager for change, as well as, feeling that they are a part of the electorial process and having their votes count for something. However, there is only this record turnout on the democratic side of the voting process. The republican side of the process is not experiencing this record turnout, which suggest that maybe the republicans are not fully satisfied with their candiates.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  283. Diane

    That's easy – George Bush and Dick Cheney. It's our indictment of the Republican corporatization of America and the fact they lied to us about Iraq.

    Diane in Florida

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  284. Nancy

    The answer is: Barack Obama.

    I am not kidding. Do you think that this kind of turnout would be occurring if Hillary and the other Democratic candidates were running without Barack in the race?

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  285. Mina Lawson

    I believe the question is not what but who, Jack. And we all know the answer to that.
    Mina Lawson
    Seattle

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  286. Mahadev

    Because people are excited about first time in the US history either female or African american running for the Democratic nomination. Remember record turnouts only with Democrats not republicans.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  287. Tyran

    Simple answer, a black man and a woman is running for President.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  288. Manjit Singh

    Hi Jack,

    The primary reason the 2008 election is generating record turnouts is that after 8 years of suffering under the worst administration in American history, voters are more motivated than at any time in America's recent history to exercise their rights to change their country for the better.

    In a representative democracy, success breeds complacency and failure (such as the monumental failures of the Bush administration) breeds indignation, which in turn motivates the citizenry to action.

    Nothing is more important to the American citizen today than righting Bush & Co.'s unprecedented wrongs.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  289. Ken

    To quote a famous line in "Network"..." I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it:
    "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

    New Bedford MA

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  290. Lilarose in Rogue River, Oregon

    What there is about the 2008 election is the never-ending, wall-to-wall coverage–including incessant commentary–by the media.

    The media has "created" Barack Obama–he couldn't have done it all by himself.

    Then they come–all those folks who make up the record turnouts you mention, Jack.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  291. Tom Parker

    Democrats and Independents, both veteran voters and first-timers, realize that this election cycle is a rare opportunity to effect historic policy changes and safeguard everyone's rights through moderate Supreme Court appointments. Plus: Just about everyone who isn't a die-hard Bushie is mad as hell. Plus, plus: Whoever emerges as the Democratic candidate will enjoy unified support from anyone already inclined to support the Democrat.

    Tom Parker
    NYC

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  292. Richard Gillespie

    The record turnouts for this years primaries have been fueled by so many different items, be it based upon the Candidates race or sex, or the volume of political items on the agenda at this time. I think mainly it is that Americans have been forced to some degree to pay attention to the politics as lately we have not been able to sleepily ignore it as in past years. Our President has called into question our place in this world, and has called into question the credibility of the office of President of the USA. We have an overabundance of issues from war to economy all being driven b the bungled efforts of a failed presidency. So of course we are fueled to run to the polls. We have to pick the person who will inherit the Grand Mess and who will be stuck with the overwhelming task of performing the clean up from ol Dubya's mess. It is encouraging to see the reactions people are having this year, but to see it only as a reaction to President Bush's failure as a president, is I have to say sad as I would prefer to see the historic moment of a potential African American or Female President not be overshadowed by the blundering missteps of a man who never should have been a president in the first place.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  293. leander mallard

    The record turnouts are due to the disconnect and arrogance of the current adminastaration towards the middle class.the american people are fed up with the same poloticians theyb are just switching chairs. . Memphis Tn.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  294. Ricardo Mayo

    People were almost this excited in 2004, but John Kerry wasn't outstanding enough. This time many Dems, all the swing voters and abstainers are being joined by some Republicans to support Obama and his inspiring promise of respect and unity.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  295. John Jessup (Woodbridge, VA)

    It's record turn out because, simply, it is an exciting race! For the first time in 20 years or so we have candidates with personality, clear messages (I won't comment on the veracity, just the clarity), and a media crazed frenzy over the choices. It's a great time to be a registered voter in America. I can go to sleep tonight knowing that of the three remaining, anyone of them elected will place the power of the presidency in good, strong, capable hands.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  296. Sue Meadows

    The disgust and anger the American people feel about the current administration is bringing out the voters. The Clinton/Obama race is contributing to the turnout, however, I think we would see a large turnout regardless, just to vote against anyone connected with the Bush administration.

    Sue
    St Joseph Missouri

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  297. Mike

    It's easy Jack. The Democrats are sick and tired of this war and want it over. The Republicans would not be able to stomach another Clinton presidency. Yes, the economy is all the buzz right now but that wasn't the case when this thing started gaining momentum about a year ago.
    We need a viable third party to really shake things up.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  298. Chiku

    No brainer , people are tired , Nothing has gotten better since we vote for bush, but on the other hand we deserve it for voting for him, why did we Expect when we vote for him ?

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  299. Michael from Norman, OK

    Jack,

    I think there are a number of reasons for this extremely high turnout in the Democratic contests. First, I think it is quite apparent that the American public has become disillusioned with the current administration. Suffering from a struggling economy, upset with a debatably-succeeding war in Iraq that was sold to them on false premises, and feeling as if their government does not speak for or to them, the American people have had it and are using their votes to convey just that. Second, I think you can attribute much of the excitement to the historical candidacies of Senators Clinton and Obama. However, it goes without saying that Barack Obama has excited and incorporated into his campaign many segments of the American populace that have been previously unwilling to participate in the political arena. In Obama, these people find a presidential hopeful that might finally speak to them and speak for them.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  300. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    I believe that Americans are getting out of the endless loop of the status quo and getting into action for change. They are realizing that it is time to elect a candidate who is a doer; an achiever; a candidate who recognizes the challenge of change and does something about it. Hillary's quo has long past it status.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  301. dan

    8 years of Bush...people have lost representation in there government!

    Look at the metrics...poor economic issues, record high gas prices, huge real estate losses, record low dollar values, huge war costs that could have been transferred into social services, record uninsured, loss of US reputation abroad, loss of hope for the middle class, on and on and on...why wouldn't we citizens want to take back our country?

    The situation will be resolved regardless of who is elected...our choices for a change will be much better than what we never elected in the first place. Our hopes, dreams and opportunities represent the choices we will make and this is the only opportunity we have to contribute to making a difference.

    It's a no brainer...now what specific actions and policies are actually implemented will be and represent the change. From my perspective there is only on choice and policy that will make a difference:

    Pass and implement a National Domestic Content Law requiring all goods and services consumed, used, manufactured, imported and or created in this country requiring minimum 65% domestic material and labor content. This would change our declining industrial base, create fuller employment, create additional tax base and secure our national economic security.

    All other policies would be second place to this national economic focus.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  302. Oyams

    OBAMA ! that's why.

    O/08

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  303. Frank Ellis

    It is simple. Democrats don't want another crappy eight years of Bush and his buddies...

    Frank – Washington DC

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  304. Leigh

    I can't wait to vote today! Finally, I have the option to vote for something other than just another white-male, 'good-old-boy' candidate! I haven't bother to vote for years, why bother? From my perspective, only their names were different. San Antonio, TX

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  305. Al Turquist

    The answer is simple. People are ready for change after 8 years of Bush.
    Americans are ready for a goverment that works for them.
    Barak Obama represents that change.
    Al

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  306. Lori Herf

    I am writing from Columbus, Ohio. I am watching Obamania! On my way to work this morning at 8:30am in a driving rainstorm I passed a shocking number of Obama volunteers waving signs and yelling to passers by. At one intersection alone, traveling toward downtown, approximately 20 vounteers were present.

    This is what I have been witnessing for weeks on end now. My daughter's daycare is across the street from Obama headquarters (and next door to Ohio Republican Party headquarters). I drive by the store front twice daily. Obama headquarters has a been constantly busy, so much so that many are having to park down the street at ORP headquarters!

    I guess we all know now how Obama has made up a 23 point deficit in the last two weeks!

    FYI– I am a republican

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  307. Dianne, Huntington Beach, Ca

    The economy, Nafta, Inflation a general negative sense of our well being. The dollar is weak, the fed dropping the interest rate and the consumer not seeing it, instead the banks are bailing thier poor business decisions out. People will continue to be negative and not spend. We need change, but Barack is not the man, no experience and lack of substance. The young people find him charismatic. I think people are voting because of his charisma, right now, that is a scary thought. We need experience and lots of substance. I like McCain, he stands by his actions, popular or not.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  308. Deonne Cunningham, Houston, TX

    The dissatisfaction with the course of the country and the energizing force of the Obama campaign are the two key reasons for the record turnouts for the 2008. Whether you love him or hate him, Barack Obama has stirred something within the American public to wake up and finally engage in the political process. This combined with the fumbles and blunders of the Bush Administration make for an interesting Election for 2008.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  309. Russ Onderko

    That is an easy one. There is a huge battle amongst Democrats to determine the future direction of the party. The battle is between the Far-left extremists and the Liberals. Regardless of the winner in the fight, Amercia will be the loser should either Democrat candidate end up in the White House in November.

    Russ Onderko
    Hackettstown, NJ

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  310. Charles Stoll

    It obvious to me and the rest of the country that George Bush has made such a collasal mess of our country that they will turn out in droves to make sure it never happens again.

    I am galad the first time voters are comming out because if the republicans win again, It is them that will be called to fight Mccain’s 100 years in Iraq or clean up his bomb, bomb, bomb Iran jingle.

    Democrats are out in numbers because all of our lives depend on it. Russia made it clear, Conventinal war is of the past. We will go NUCULEAR

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  311. Molotov Cocktail

    Two words...Barack Obama

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  312. Bosco

    The record turnout is due to the anger and the disappointment people have of the current administration. Gender and race have nothing to do with it. People want a new direction, not just a new President. Sen. Obama is the person who will bring that new direction while Sen. McCain will give us a third term of George Bush. ENough is enough!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  313. Ron Rokosz

    Something revolutionary is happening. A normally intellectually lazy electorate, normally more focused on who's winning on American Idol and Paris Hilton's latest escapade than what's going on in the world is starting to wake up – they're somehow becoming aware that we have lost any moral authority we had, that our country is going bankrupt, and that our elected officials – both parties – work for their own self-interest as opposed to that of the country. People are saying "enough is enough".

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  314. Wayne, Wentzville MO

    "Why the record turnout?"

    It's pretty simple Jack. People in this country want and desire very serious change in this country, that's why. We've had enough of the status quo. Justice on all levels are long over due to be righted by the folks on Capitol Hill.

    Racism has escalated to unbelievable proportions in this country. I'm sure some of you can recall The Jenna 6 incident, the mentally challenged man who was killed in New Orleans, a black journalist being beat by police in New Orleans, numerous incidents of racial profiling, a wheelchair victim being dumped onto the lobby floor of an Indiana police station, and the list of injustices go on and on.

    And then of course there's the economy and the Mortgage crisis that this country is facing, along with lost jobs that have gone overseas. And still again, there's the healthcare issue that's very important to voters. So the voters are extremely concerned and fed up with the current president, and they are making their voices heard loud and clear at the polls!

    However the voters really need to be careful and vote wisely, otherwise it'll just be the same old Washington politics that we've seen over and over before. We need a brand new direction in this country, a fresh "change" of pace that will get this country back to respectability, and that can only occur by electing the "right" presidential candidate for the job.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  315. Marleen

    Why the turnout; the baby boomers can no longer run the country. Obama has encouraged the youth to vote and they (the youth) think that they have been empowered to clean up the mess the baby boomers have created. Unfortunately the boomer's have hid the rule book and it will take at least 5 years for them to figure out that the hierarchy never changes only the players.

    Marleen
    Toronto, Canada

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  316. MIke

    In a word, Obama.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  317. Jacob

    People have seen what not voting can do to country, first in Florida in 2000, and then in Ohio in 2004. People are beginning to get the message that their votes count, regardless of whether on not they live in a swing state.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  318. Jeff

    I think Americans are tired of the attack politics that has been defined since Gingrich and his ilk took over the Congress in 1994. Politics is about compromise and both the far right and far left have lost this golden rule of governing. Obama message of reaching across for party lines for change (be is good or bad) is resonating with the American people.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  319. Mathew B.

    Jack –

    If you were a shareholder and saw your stock plummet over the past 7 years... wouldn't you turn out to the annual shareholders' meeting to scream at the top of your lungs and/or vote? Our country has been run into the ground. Literally. With the worst yet to come. And ironically, this has nothing to do with the gay population... but solely the incompetent current administration. People are desperate for a new fresh leader. And that leader will ultimately be Barack Obama. People are damn tired of Republicans who thrive on telling people how to live their lives – let alone a 71 year old hot headed one. People are damn tired of the Clintons – especially a woman who says she has done so so so much but when you actually peel back the layers... you don't see much. Obama it is. It is not even a choice in my eyes.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  320. douglas olivier

    What is it about the 2008 election that’s generating record turnouts around the country?

    George Bush

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  321. Nancy, Chicago, Illinois

    Jack,

    We are turning out in great numbers this election because we want to believe again that our government really is of, by and for the people. In effect, we are giving Washington politics one last chance. It was Obama that rallied this independent, her friends and many like us to get out and try to make a difference. And if he loses the nomination, and Hillary well, "wins," then I think you'll see those voting lines shrink noticeably in November, and we'll get exactly what we deserve–more of the same.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  322. sony

    Now is the time to get involved. The way the country is going at the moment, if you dont stand up, cast your vote, who knows what might happen next. People are worried about the future, and 95% of the people I know who have always said my vote doesnt count and not voted, have in fact done it this time. Yes, alot are younger people and thats great, it is after all their country too.

    wc ia

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  323. jim v

    Could be summed up in one word "BUSH". People want a change in Washington and this administration is the cause. So I suppose we can "THANK" Bush for something.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  324. Morgan

    "In state after state, the turnout of Democrats has dwarfed the number of Republicans voting."

    The Bush Administration has made the country really demand change. Everyone who wants to take a shot at avoiding more of the same politics and policy is now turning out en masse. It's the necessity of change to circumvent shady economic policies, and lost confidence in the US abroad that has persuaded everyone to turn out and vote for the Democrats. Will McCain be better or a total change from Bush? That's debatable. Will the Democrats be at least different from Bush? That's more probable, hence why people are willing to give it a shot by voting on the outcome.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  325. Jane M.

    The reason the entire country is stampeding to the polls is the shock and awe we've collectively experienced at the ABYSMAL performance of this outrageously incompetent administration, which has to be the worst EVER. Everyone has finally woken up to the fact that each vote is HUGELY important for the future quality of our lives. We must all stand up and be counted.
    Jane M. (New York, NY)

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  326. Michael Brentari

    I would say there are several dynamics in play in this cycle. First and foremost, there is an end in sight to Bush. Since Bush likes chopping wood lets call that the "kindling". Then there is excitement of something new coming and lets call that the "fuel". And finally, there is an entire generation engaged in this election cycle and they are all carrying "matches". Add all of that together and you have a huge bonfire pointing the way.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  327. D George

    I believe large turnouts indicate a huge frustration with government policies and the "stay the course" approach of those policies, be they be policies of an international bent, energy policy, domestic disaster responses, current oil prices, trade policies, or a quickly sinking domestic economy with huge repurcussions to the financial wealth of Americans and their psyche.

    The lack of any menaningful movement forward to address perceived problems results in frustration and a sense of "we need change".

    Any candidate that articulate's a vision for the future and provides people a sense of "hope" that stirs peoples inner emotions and their innate desite to make progress in their life and world will command attention.

    Let their be change.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  328. Karen

    This election is very different for me.   I have lived long enough to remember race riots, Viet Nam and all the conflicts since; integration, affirmative rights.  My entire life and many of the decisions I made were influenced by race relations (where I worked, who I married, where I prayed, etc).It was this election I was convinced by many white people wy voting for a man of color was not a wasted vote.   I know that should Senator Obama not the Democratic nomination, I will waste a vote and vote on McCain.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  329. Jim Pillers

    I think Americans are tried of the Theocrats dictating and legislating their form of morality and "American" values as the standard for all Americans. Poeple are being harmed by their views on economics and we are tired of the fear mongerers, and the hatred being generated.. They have sold us out to the Chinese and call themselves patriots.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  330. austinite

    This year's primary elections have taken an unprecedented effect on my age bracket (23). The level of media coverage has been unparalleled as candidates, both Republican and Democrat, have taken the youth vote seriously. I believe it all started with candidates having MySpace and Facebook pages. Who wouldn't want to be friends with a Presidential candidate?

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  331. mark

    simple Jack "The Fierce urgency of now"

    March 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  332. richard weber

    Record turnout is a result of one thing – people are finally waking up to the abuse and corruption of the past seven years. The increased turnout is among Democrats and Independents, not Republicans, for a reason – the Republicans have done great harm to the country and people want to see it end. Period.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  333. J shultz

    Jack,
    First time in a LONG time thay there hasn't been an incumbent or incumbent VP running on either side . That must have something to do with it I'm sure.
    I personally believe that there is so much discontent with our government the the average American feels compelled to get involved with a change in this great nation.
    I also, believe that the nature of the candidates on the DEMOCRATIC side, offer the most diversificaiton that embodies a change. Unfortunately, the antics that Sen. Clinton has expressed within her campaign in the last week or so makes me feel that it is a Woman mimicking the worst of the old WASHINTON MACHINE and calling herself a person of change............truely that is only another person typifing what we are trying to Adress with our votes this year. I can only hope that she has not CONFUSED voters with smoke screens that will allow her to continue to STIFLE the very creativity that we seek with the OBAMA choice. If indeed Tuesday ends up being her day; ALL of the excitement , interest, and HOPE of this election season will have been squandered on the personal desire and selfishness depicted in OUR first and hopefully not last female candidate for office of the President of The United States.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  334. Buz Reynolds

    Jack,

    We all expect to find a maricle worker in our candidates. We need to look in the mirror as we, the people are the problem. We continue to pump gas in guzzlers which inturn provides OPEC with dollars to invest in shooting at our soldiers.

    Worse yet, we are draining our national resources on oil and fighting and hardly any of us are doing one damn significant thing to stop the madness.

    When our children grow up in this third world country, be then called The Disunited States of America, we will be back to farming wasted fields and grubbing to find potatos to eat.

    Cannot believe in my lifetime of 73 years that this country has forgotten how to be self sufficient. The end is near!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  335. Jill

    Turnout is happening in record numbers b/c everything the current administration has done in the last 7 years has been a complete and total disaster, or a lie, or a crime. It may have taken this country a while to wake up but they are finally waking up to the fact that we need some new blood in the WH.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  336. Torvald hessel

    When everything is A-OK people do not vote. People don't feel the need because all is fine. However, when things get really bad a lot more people will vote. The worse things go, the higher the turnout.

    To say therefore that it is good news that so many people vote is quite untrue: it is a sign of trouble. Not just for the GOP but for the nation as a whole.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  337. Christian Benitez

    Hey Jack, I believe people are overwhelmingly excited by many things in this race. Every American is breathing a sigh of relief as our disastrous commander-in-chief is stepping down from his short(imaginary) pedestal. It is also excitement mostly for the democrats rather than the republicans. Voters finally have a chance and confident belief that they are making history by voting for a woman or African American to be president. Finally most American are happy to see candidates that actually seem to care, have the ability to put our country back on track, and to make our us proud. to live here.

    Christian,
    San Francisco California

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  338. Andrew Broering

    I'm a 19 year old student from Cincinnati, Ohio and already i've noticed that more of my friends are either voting or at least showing legitimate interest in the candidates and issues this election. I can gather that most appear to think that the United States is at a precipice, with drastic change being inevitable no matter who wins the nomination. It is the kind of change taking place, whether in healthcare, foreign policy, or the economy, almost everyone thinks they can't afford to not be involved. So I guess my answer to your question is that for once in a long time Americans feel they actually have something at stake in this election and being apathetic will hurt them individually.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  339. Rob K.

    I believe the Democrats feel we let one get away in the 2000 election and then we didn't have a great candidate in 2004. This left us 8 years with a president who, to put it nicely, has not done a very good job. The Democrats now have two outstanding candidates and are not going to let this one slip away.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  340. Bill

    It's voters expressing their desire to rid the country of Bush and his crew. It voters expressing their desire to run the Republicans out with him. Finally, it's disgruntled Democrats expressing their desire to see real change - a change that does not include Hillary Clinton.

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  341. Eric C.

    Jack, I'd say the record Democratic voter turnout has a great deal to do with ignorance and gullability.

    The American voting populace is staggeringly ignorant regarding economics, and they've been lulled by the pied piper of Democrat Populism, promising boatloads of government goodies... goodies they think will just magically appear on their plates, not realizing that when Obama and Clinton speak of "change," that's all that will be left of the average American's paycheck after paying the smothering taxation required to feed the governmental beasts as proposed by the remaining Democrat candidates. Nothing is free folks... nothing.

    It's been said that a democracy will only last up to the point when the populace realizes it can vote itself a piece of the treasury. How sad and how true.

    Eric C., San Antonio, TX

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  342. TonyM

    The fact that there is a female candidate and an African-American candidate. And last but not least, the American people are fed up of the word WAR. The Republicans are goind down the drain this time. Look at the Democrat turnout as compared to that of the Republicans, it is almos 2-1. Whoever is nominated in the Democratic Party wil become the next American President.
    I have Republican friends and none of them like Juan McCain.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  343. amy

    tennessee
    I can't imagine why the record turnout......doesn't look to as if we have a decent candidate from either party. Maybe it is a vote against instead of a vote "for".........

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  344. John Rogers

    I think you have to give credit to the organizational strategies the Democratic candidates are using. They could have sat back, ran ads, and waited for the cows to come home. Instead, they are mobilizing people like nobody has ever seen before – through new methods like getting supporters to organized events, make phone calls and donate through the internet, and old methods with volunteers going door to door.

    Contrast to the Republican side – the mobilization is just not there, and the voters aren't showing up. It doesn't help that they are the party of Bush.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  345. Abad

    People are excited about this election.

    They have 2 great candidates who are trying to out-do each other & creating a great contest.

    But the main reason is :

    All this enthusiam from the voters because they believe they are helping the country change course from the disaster it has been for last 8 years.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  346. Nancy

    The current administration has made such a mess out of our country. Our reputation is shattered and our financial situation is ruined. Americans, especially the youth, finally are beginning to realize that this country is our own and that we must cast our votes in order to make a change. People are realizing that we have to take some responsibility for our situation and that the complacency in voting over the past couple of decades has helped to lead us here. Voting is the one action where americans are all created equal, young and old, any race or religion. It is a priviledge and a right that all upstanding citizens have that can make a real contribution to our future. Regardless of who wins the presidency in the end, I will feel good about the decision knowing that the people of this country have spoken and exercised their choice in record turnouts.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  347. J Soul

    Maybe people are looking forward to the end of GW and the start of someone new?

    No... what am I thinking!

    It's good to see voters coming out in record numbers, though.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  348. Joe Gatton

    People are Pissed off. Period.

    March 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  349. Mark from Colorado

    Jack,

    Some would say the record turnout is due to having two strong candidates and a strong dislike for the republican last four years. The one component that is difficult to measure is how much of this increased turnout is due to the fresh new message of hope that Barack Obama has brought to the country. People who never participated before are excited about the Obama message. If Hillary were to win or somehow "steal" the nomination through the super delegate voting, you can bet we will be hearing the question in November.....Where did all the turnout/voters/excitement go? It will be back to the same old discontent with the poitical process in this country!

    March 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm |