The Thing That Should Terrify Republicans About Tuesday’s Special Election In Kansas

In a word: turnout. While the Democrat lost Tuesday night, he only lost by seven points, while, in 2016, the Republican won by thirty-one points. Kind of a big swing.

But, as always, there’s a numerator and denominator to worry about when comparing percentages. And that’s really bad news for Republicans. Comparing 2017 to 2016, the Democratic vote total dropped by a third–not unexpected in an off-year, special election. But the Republican turnout dropped by nearly two-thirds, reaching only 38 percent of the 2016 Republican vote total.

There might be an enthusiasm gap.

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