8/31/04 9:00 AM EST
Both Sides Predicting High Voter Turnout In November
Republicans convening in New York and Democrats there to protest the President are predicting a higher voter turnout in November, despite polls showing that many Americans are angry about the nasty tone of the election and not strongly supportive of either President Bush or Sen. John Kerry. The reason Democrats and Republicans expect more voters at the polls is because both parties have had huge success signing up first-time voters and bringing those who've ignored the polls for years back to politics. The Republicans have focused on Southern areas and Midwestern suburbs to register new voters, targeting shopping malls and sporting events like pre-season football games and NASCAR races. The Democrats, meanwhile, have registered millions of new voters in urban settings. "I think you'll have a big turnout," said GOP strategist David Winston. He and others said that the new voters will more than compensate for any voters who, because they are either upset with the tone of the election or uninspired by the candidates, elect to stay home.