Democrats were hoping that their temper tantrum after the SCOTUS Roe decision was going to save them from utter defeat in the midterms.
Well, according to the New York Times they were dead wrong, Americans are not taking their eye off the ball.
From the New York Times:
The Supreme Court decision ending the constitutional right to abortion was expected to motivate voters. Turnout in several states hosting primaries on Tuesday, however, appeared to be typically sluggish — at least so far.
All of those states have various forms of early voting, meaning that many ballots may have been cast before the court struck down the landmark Roe v. Wade case on Friday.
First off, it’s hard for Americans to pay attention to the news when they are working 2 jobs to make ends meet. When the decision was leaked it never moved the political needle toward the Democrats and that hasn’t changed since it was made official.
Even in the liberal mecca of New York City, Democrats weren’t motivated.
Turnout in the Democratic and Republican primaries was anemic across New York City during the first full-fledged gubernatorial primary since the rollout of early voting, according to stats from the Board of Elections.
Just 87,000 of the 3.6 million registered Democrats and Republicans cast ballots during the nine days of early voting that preceded Tuesday’s primary — an abysmal turnout rate of just 2.4 percent, the figures fro the city BOE show.
Turnout among Democrats was slightly better than average at 2.6%, even though Gov. Kathy Hochul is heavily favored to beat her primary challengers in today’s voting. Just 1.4% of GOP voters cast ballots in advance in their four-way contest to challenge Hochul in November.
“It seems to be endemic, people just aren’t interested in it except when you have a real race,” said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at CUNY’s Baruch College. “And most races have been — to be honest — snoozes, and this one is similar.”
The same was true in Utah, Illinois, and Colorado which had very competitive races. Democrats had spent millions to try and thwart GOP primaries but it didn’t work.