February 7 Caucuses: Game Change?

Thus far, the hallmark of the 2012 Republican primary season is voter apathy, with the exception of one state: South Carolina.  It is generally acknowledged, particularly among the Republican base, that this election is the most important in the past century, yet there appears to be little or no enthusiasm for the current slate of candidates in an election many people consider the most crucial in over a century. Through seven caucuses and primaries (Missouri excluded, as Gingrich was not on the ballot, and no delegates were awarded), the overall number of voters participating is down by 150,000 as compared to this point in the 2008 election cycle, when the nation's circumstances were much better and Barack Obama was a long shot for the Democratic nomination. Here is a comparison:           2008 Vote          2012 Vote    Percent Difference Iowa  ...(Read Full Post)