Connecticut Primary Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S. News & World Report library staff.

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Compiled by the U.S. News & World Report library staff

Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Michael Dukakis
  • 1992 Jerry Brown
  • 1996 No Democratic primary
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Republicans

  • 1988 George H.W. Bush
  • 1992 George H.W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 John McCain
  • 2004 No Republican primary

Source: America Votes (CQ Press); New York Times; the Associated Press

General Election

Winners

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

Source: America Votes (CQ Press)

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 Democratic Primary

Gender

  • Male:  47%
  • Female:  53%

Race

  • White:  89%
  • African-American:  7%
  • Latino:  2%
  • Asian:  1%
  • Other:  1%

Age

  • 18-29:  5%
  • 30-44:  19%
  • 45-59:  48%
  • 60 and older:   27%

Source: CNN.com

3 Things You Didn't Know about the Connecticut Primary

1. In 2004, only one in five Connecticut Democrats voted, the lowest turnout ever recorded for a presidential primary in the state; neither John Kerry nor John Edwards campaigned in Connecticut, having opted instead to woo voters in Super Tuesday's bigger states.

2. Connecticut Democrats have a spotty record of picking winners. While they went for Al Gore (2000) and Michael Dukakis (1988), both of whom went on to become the Democrats' nominee, Connecticut voted for Jerry Brown over Bill Clinton (1992), Gary Hart over Walter Mondale (1984), and Ted Kennedy over Jimmy Carter (1980).

3. In 1996, Bob Dole's victory in winner-take-all Connecticut gave him 27 delegates. He lost in just one community, Union (population 546, according to the 1990 Census), where Steve Forbes beat him by one vote.

Sources:
Connecticut Secretary of State
New York Times