From Capitol Fax:
* There was an historic Republican turnout yesterday, and Democrats nearly matched their huge numbers from 2008. This may help explain the numerous ballot shortage troubles throughout the state.
According to unofficial tallies, 1,377,341 voters cast ballots for Republican presidential candidates. That’s a 48 percent increase over the 933,454 people who voted for GOP presidential candidates in 2012, and a 53 percent increase over the 899,422 who voted Republican in 2008.
* Meanwhile, 1,971,059 Democrats voted for president yesterday, well above the 652,717 who took part in the uncontested race in 2012, and just below the historic high of 2,038,614 in 2008.
Turnouts for primary elections are not generally good predictors of turnouts for general elections. The Democrats had best hope that rule of thumb remains true. Although it’s extremely unlikely that any Republican candidate could carry Illinois, you don’t want to be forced to spend money shoring up what should be the easy states.