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US elections. Iowa and New Hamphire a morale boost for Republicans and misery for Clinton

John Wood (ABC Economics) – An info graphic analysis by The Washington Post published in the aftermath of the New Hampshire nomination race pictures contrasting feelings within the Republican and Democrat camps. Joy versus misery. Optimism versus pessimism. Trump versus Clinton.

In January, a CBS News/New York Times poll looked at the enthusiasm of each party, finding that 73 percent of Republicans felt very or somewhat enthusiastic about voting this year, versus 65 percent of Democrats.

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Presidential nomination tracker

Caucus turnout on the Democratic side was down from 2008 substantially. It was up since 2004 — but so was the number of voters. Turnout in 2004 was 5.6 percent, according to Edison Research. In 2016, it was 7 percent — compared to 10.7 percent in 2008. On the Republican side, turnout was up both in terms of the number of voters and as a percentage of the voter base. In 2008, 5.4 percent of Republicans in Iowa caucused. In 2016, 8 percent did. When New Hampshire rolled around, same deal. Sanders won big, but the number of people voting this year was lower. The Republicans had more voters in both Iowa and New Hampshire than did the Democrats. (source: The Washington Post)

Democrats (blue) versus Republicans (red)

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