Election Analytics: Turnout, conversion, and key way north Alabama differs from state

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Republican presidential candidates drove voters to polls in droves.

Super Tuesday marks Alabama’s highest Republican turnout in a primary election, all the way back through the start of the Secretary of State’s digital records in 1986.

A total of 864,740 people cast presidential ballots on the Republican side of the of the primary in 2016.

Compare that to 2012 – only a little more than 621,731 voted in the feverish contest to replace Barack Obama. It’s not like that primary was any less competitive either. Rick Santorum won the state that year with 214,540 votes, which equaled 35% of the whole. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both pulled 29%.

As for the record-setting 2016 primary, Donald Trump alone brought in 371,957 votes in Alabama.

You have to combine the top two 2012 candidates from the GOP to match that.

Trump finished with 43% of the statewide vote.

As for the Tennessee Valley, which we’ll define as Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan, Trump finished with 43% in the region as well.

But the also-rans, Cruz and Rubio, wound up with 21% and 18% respectively statewide. With those numbers, Cruz gets statewide delegates and Rubio does not.

But back in the Valley counties, the two essentially switch. Rubio takes 21%, and Cruz takes 19%.

For what it’s worth, Bernie Sanders also performed way better in the Valley, though he still lost 67%-28% in our counties.

However, statewide that race ended 78%-19%.

Even candidates outside the top five in the GOP field, including those who have suspended their campaigns, still managed to bring in more than 12,000 votes, or 1.5% percent.

All those extra candidates and the delegates tied to them had people from party officials to political analysts concerned about ballot clutter.

We heard so many questions about delegate races and how to vote for them and what they meant, that we wondered if some of the races down the ballot might get overlooked. After all, the primary challenge to Senator Richard Shelby doesn’t appear until halfway down the second page of the Republican ballot.

The Democrat ballot had delegates, but at least it still all fit on one page.

In Alabama, a little over 382,205 people voted for president on the Democrat ballot.

265,764 went down the ballot to vote for Senator Shelby’s democratic challenger, resulting Ron Crumpton beating out Charles Nana. That means roughly 70% of democratic presidential voters cast a vote in the senate race.

But what about the much more complicated Republican ballot?

On the Republican side, 864,740 voted for president. But 774,572 people tracked down the senate race. That means roughly 90% of presidential voters picked a senate candidate, even with the clutter in between.

In fact, Senator Shelby received 503,646 votes in total, meaning he actually got over 130,000 more votes than Donald Trump.

You might be wondering about Amendment One, which was also tucked away on the back pages of both ballots.

That’s not broken down by party, but 87% of all Alabama voters cast a ballot on the issue.

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