In a sign of the success of President Obama’s political machine, every single one of the states ranked in the top ten for voter turnout went for Obama over challenger Mitt Romney, according to a report by Nonprofit Vote.
The report illustrates the extraordinary value of the Obama campaign’s ability to turn out its base. The Romney campaign’s efforts failed to match Obama’s, and many among Romney’s key constituencies – including white voters – stayed home, helping hand the election to the incumbent.
Notably, The top five states – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire and Iowa – were are swing states Romney desperately needed to win. Two other vital presidential battlegrounds – Virginia and Michigan – were also in the top ten, ranking seventh and tenth respectively.
In Minnesota, 76.1 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. In second place Wisconsin, 73.2 percent showed up to vote. In 50th place on the list was Obama’s home state of Hawaii, where only 44.5 percent of eligible voters made it to the polls. The Democratic-leaning state was always a lock for the president.
Nationally, 59 percent of the eligible voting population took part in the election, down from 62 percent in 2008 but still relatively high by recent historical standards. While in 2004 61 percent showed to choose between George W. Bush and John Kerry, only 55 percent voted in the 2000 matchup between Al Gore and Bush and 53 percent voted in the 1996 contest between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.