Republican voters flocked to the North Carolina primary and outnumbered Democrats, even though there are more registered Democratic voters in the state.
Analysis of voter data by the Republican National Committee (RNC) after Tuesday’s election revealed that Republican voters cast roughly 150,000 more votes than Democrats, 758,637 to 612,645. GOP turnout was “86 percent higher than in 2018 and close to 2020 levels,” RNC deputy national press secretary William O’Grady told Breitbart News.
🐘📈⚡️The enthusiasm of the Republican Party is very high
With 98% of Pennsylvania primary votes counted, Republicans have a HIGHER turnout than Democrats, the first time this has happened in a decade.
With 100% of North Carolina counted, nearly 150,000 more Republican votes were cast than Democratic votes.
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) May 18, 2022
“GOP enthusiasm is running high,” RNC communications director Nathan Brand tweeted on Wednesday, referring to the results in the Pennsylvania and North Carolina primaries.
Electoral Analysis from the New York Times made similar findings, with 759,554 Republican voters participating in North Carolina’s US Senate primary and 613,170 Democrats participating in the state’s US Senate Democratic primary. Both Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) and former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (D) posted an outright victory in the primaries and will face off in the November general election.
O’Grady noted that “in counties Biden won in 2020, GOP primary votes were 169,210 or 182 percent higher than in 2018.” Former President Donald Trump won the state in 2020 against now President Joe Biden, albeit only by a slim 1.3 percent margin.
North Carolina Democratic voters were clearly not as excited about this year’s primary as they were in 2020, when they cast a total of 1,251,389 votes securing Cal Cunningham’s Democratic nomination in the US Senate primary. Republicans cast 776,291 votes, slightly more than in 2022, and nominated the now senator. Thom Tillis (R-NC) who ended up beating Cunningham in the general election.
While North Carolina still has more Democratic registered voters than Republican voters, unaffiliated registered voters have grown exponentially in recent years. In 2016, there were 2,736,124 Democratic voters, 2,099,551 Republican voters and 2,076,361 unaffiliated voters, according to data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. By 2022, registered Democrats fell to 2,493,492, Republican voters increased slightly to 2,198,612, and unaffiliated voters increased more than 450,000 to 2,532,944, outnumbering Democrats.
Unsurprisingly, unaffiliated registered voters outnumbered Democrats this week to make them the largest group of registered voters in North Carolina politics (~7,600 more unaffiliated than Democrats). AN #ncpol (1/11)
This was a slow build that picked up momentum recently, as the chart below indicates. pic.twitter.com/vXuEsJUarT
— Chris Cooper (@chriscooperwcu) March 19, 2022
The rise in unaffiliated voters is significant and indicative of a broader national trend: More independent voters are leaning toward and voting Republican as the Democratic Party strays to cater to the whims of the far left. A Gallup poll in January 2022 found that by the end of 2021, the percentage of Democratic-leaning independent voters decreased by five points and Republican-leaning voters increased by four points.
In national polls, unaffiliated/independent voters have tended to side with Republican voters when asked about the economy, immigration and education, among other topics.
Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. you can follow her on Twitter.