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AP: New Hampshire Sets Turnout Record

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

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The results of the New Hampshire primary are in, and the Associated Press put out the early (and record-setting) turnout numbers this afternoon:

With all but one of New Hampshire’s 301 voting precincts reporting, unofficial tallies by The Associated Press found that 526,571 ballots were cast Tuesday, breaking the previous record for a presidential primary of 396,385 in 2000.

Matched against New Hampshire’s population of 1.3 million, an unofficial reckoning found that 40 percent of the state voted in Tuesday’s primary.

Interestingly, New Hampshire is one of the 15 states with no early voting or “no-excuse” absentee voting. I’m crunching the numbers to figure out what “40 percent of the state” equals in eligible voters – or if that’s what reporter Stephen Frothingham meant.

To see a breakdown of the votes between Republicans and Democrats, read the complete article here. For our coverage from New Hampshire, click over to our New Hampshire archive.

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