Illinois Voting Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S. News library staff.

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Compiled by the U.S. News library staff

Presidential Primaries

Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Paul Simon
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Republicans

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 George H. W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Sources:
Washington Post
Chicago Tribune
Illinois State Board of Elections Vote Totals
Federal Elections '96

Registration Demographics

2008:

It is estimated that approximately 7.17 million people in Illinois registered to vote in the primary on Super Tuesday.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

2004:

Gender

  • Males:  3,049,000
  • Females:  3,388,000

Age

  • 18-24:  565,000
  • 25-44:  2,490,000
  • 45-64:  2,219,000
  • 65 and older:  1,163,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (Tables 4a and 4b)

General Election

Winners

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 Election

Gender

  • Male:  46%
  • Female:  54%

Race

  • White:  78%
  • African-American:  10%
  • Latino:  8%

Age

  • 18-29:  21%
  • 30-44:  30%
  • 45-59:  29%
  • 60 and older:  20%

Source: CNN

Fun Facts About Illinois

  • Chicago's oldest registered voter is 114 years old. Her family doesn't have anything documenting her age but says she just recently celebrated her 114th birthday.
  • Source: Chicago Tribune
  • This year will mark the earliest date ever for an Illinois primary. In the past, the primary has been in the middle of March.
  • Only 25.9 percent of registered voters voted in the March 2000 presidential primary in Illinois. The turnout was among the lowest in the past 40 years.
  • Sources: Illinois State Board of Elections, Chicago Tribune