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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Enthusiasm Gap For Donnelly And Gregg
Barack Obama, Joe Donnelly and John Gregg were all running unopposed in the Democratic Party. In a number of Democratic primaries this year, an enthusiasm gap for Barack Obama has been evident as a significant percentage of voters have either skipped Obama on the Democratic ballot or cast a vote for token opposition to him. In West Virginia's Democratic primary yesterday, more than 40% of the Democratic primary voters chose a jailed, convicted felon over Obama. In yesterday's Indiana primary, there appeared to be less enthusiasm among Democratic primary voters statewide for their senate and gubernatorial candidates than Obama. Joe Donnelly received about 14,000 fewer votes than Obama. John Gregg fared only slightly better, receiving a little under 14,000 fewer votes than Obama. Even in losing the Republican Senate primary badly to Richard Mourdock, Sen. Richard Lugar still received more than 50,000 votes more than either Donnelly or Gregg.