Ed Morrisey is bad at math
This morning, after having absorbed the substantial victory of Barack Obama, I noticed a couple of interesting items in the data. Barack Obama certainly won this race, but he won it with just a little more votes than George Bush won in his re-election bid, and the turnout models came up short.First, his numbers are off and the final count probably won't be in for days, but the truth is, as always, different than he thinks. Sixty-four percent of the electorate showed up to vote and topped the total vote count in 2004 by almost 8 million votes.
In 2004, Bush beat John Kerry by winning 62.04 million votes. In 2008, Obama won 62.443 million, a gain of only 400,000. In 2004, Kerry garnered 59.028 million votes; John McCain only got 55.386 million. That means this election saw 3.24 million fewer votes than four years ago. Far from being more energized, the nation appeared to be more apathetic.
According to this chart, the turnout we saw is the highest percentage turnout in a century. To me, that's a good sign for our democracy.