Despite receiving 15,899,116 primary votes on her way to earning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton‘s vote tally dropped over 1.5 million from the 2008 primary.
Clinton earned 17,493,836 in her 2008 primary bid against Barack Obama.
In sum, Democratic primary candidates Clinton and Vermont democratic socialist Bernie Sanders were able to mobilize 28,092,268 voters to the booth, a drop of over seven million from 35,029,294 cast in favor of Democratic primary contenders Obama and Clinton in 2008.
Mrs. Clinton won the California primary on June 7 and secured the democratic nomination with the assistance of 581 pledged superdelegates.
Examined by Pew Research, GOP primary voters rose sharply from 11 percent in 2008 to 17.3 percent in 2016. Conversely, Democratic turnout, which skyrocketed in 2008 to 19.5 percent from 9.9 percent in 2004, rebounded from an all-time low for both parties at 6.3 percent in 2012 to climb back to 11.7 percent this year.
While these number do not spell doom for the Clinton campaign, it appears consistent with primary trends in 28 states which demonstrated lower turnout among Democratic primary voters at the end of May.
Democratic contests in Arizona, Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas and Maine all reversed the dominant trend; however, in each state except Arizona, Mr. Sanders won the primary with the higher turnout among registered Democrats.
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