As a number of Democrats in Congress have announced that they will skip the Inauguration Day festivities, President-elect Donald Trump went to Twitter where he said that “Democrats are most angry that so many Obama Democrats voted for me.” Touting the jobs he said he is “bringing back to our country,” he reiterated his call on auto manufacturers and others to bring business back home.

In the past election, there is evidence that Trump owed his victory to some extent to the Democrats who decided to stay on the porch rather than go to the polls.

In a graphic found on the liberal Politicusa website that compares the relative turnout for Democrats and Republicans over the last three presidential elections, the number of Democrats showing up at the polls is seen to decline sharply. The number of Republicans, however, remained relatively steady. In 2008, the graph shows that approximately 69 million Democrats voted, as opposed to 60 million Republicans. In 2012, those numbers are 66 million and 61 million, respectively. Finally, in 2016, the number for both of the parties was about 59 million.

In addition, 2016 show one of the lowest overall turnouts in recent history. According to CNN, on the day after the election, voter turnout this year dipped to nearly its lowest point in two decades. With 126 million votes cast, the network said that about 55% of voting age citizens voted. That was the lowest turnout for a presidential election since 1996, when 53.5% of voting-age citizens turned out.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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