So How Many People Voted For Obama?
Daily Kos- by Jed L
Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 03:45:04 PM PST
At last check, Barack Obama’s popular vote total was 63.7 million, the most ever received by a presidential candidate. But that doesn’t tell the whole story — there are still millions of votes left to be counted, so Obama’s vote total will increase.
Fortunately, Nate Silver has run the numbers on how many votes are left to be tallied. According to his analysis, there are roughly another 1.8 million votes left to be tallied for Obama, which would bring his final total to 65.5 million or so.
McCain, for his part, has about 1.3 million votes left to be tallied, which would bring his total up to about 57.6 million.
Overall, that means turnout will be up by about 2% over 2004 levels. But the real story is that while the Democratic vote will have increased by a bit over 10% from 2004, the Republican turnout will have dropped by about 7%.
Also, as Georgia L pointed out earlier, 78% of counties in this country voted more Democratic than they did in 2004 (on a percentage basis).