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4.4 M Obama Voters Did Not Vote in 2016

4.4 M Obama Voters Did Not Vote in 2016
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Thursday, 15 March 2018 05:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In 2008 and 2012, President Obama inspired high voter turnout from what some called the "rising American electorate." Some Democratic strategists believed this new coalition of voters would keep Republicans out of the White House for years to come. However, 4.4 million people who voted for Obama in 2012 didn’t show up to vote at all in 2016.[1]

Most of these non-voters made less than $50,000 a year, 23 percent were under 30, and 51 percent were non-white.

Six million Obama voters switched and voted for President Trump. Just over 2 million voted for a third-party candidate.

Ballotpedia has done extensive research on Pivot Counties. These are the 206 counties that voted twice for Barack Obama and then voted for Donald Trump. Voters in these counties cast just 5 percent of the ballots in 2016, but they accounted for 51 percent of the Republican popular vote gains.

These counties have been featured in several Numbers of the Day:

Footnotes:

  1. The New York Times, "The Missing Obama Millions," March 10, 2018

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