Obama Wins Primaries But Protest Votes Are High

Is President Barack Obama in danger of losing the general election?  Possibly.  But there’s little use in pretending that the votes in the Arkansas and Kentucky primary have any bearing on that fact.

Yesterday, Obama went unopposed in the Kentucky primary, and was challenged by attorney John Wolfe in Arkansas.  In both cases, he lost roughly 40 percent of the vote.

That he had near identical results regardless of whether or not he had a challenger makes it clear that there is a definite base of Democrats who are angry with the President and unhappy with the job he has done so far.  But will that translate into them not voting for him in the general, when the choice is Obama or likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney?


Neither of the states are expected to be competitive in November, so performance doesn’t matter in the long run.  And for a vast number of voters in both states, their Democratic registration exists mostly to allow them to vote down ballot on local races, rather than the top of the ticket.

In Arkansas especially, Wolfe was flanking Obama on the left, and stood on a progressive platform that many activists wished the president himself would take up, such as single payer health care and more banking regulations.

Would a voter who cast a protest vote for Wolfe be likely to pick Romney when it was a head to head with the final candidates?  Nope.

If the president is in trouble when it comes to the general election, it’s not due to his showing in these primaries, it’s because of his performance in the states that could go either way.

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Pamela W.
Pamela W.4 years ago

With you there Kevin and Lynn !! Can't understand how ANYONE (with a functioning brain, that is) would want a President they know they won't be able to TRUST because he doesn't know what the word TRUTH means. I just wish I could vote for President Obama myself !!!

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Bill R. I am not sure if you just don't understand how the economy works or if you are just another mindless hater of President Obama...either way, you are just plain ol' wrong.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

you are right, President Bush did start the slide in 8 years and Obama has doubled it in 4, Wow what a great president we have. That is if he is ever vetted to be a real president of the US.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Wow, Bill R. what a short memory you have. What exactly caused the economic meltdown that President Obama has been fighting? Oh yes, it was the policies of the Republicans which Romney wants to reinstate.

What we can't afford is another Republican economic fiasco.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

We cannot stand another 4 years of Obama, the ONE who talks down about America, who has doubled our welfare roles, who has doubled our food stamps, who has allowed weapons that our administration provided to be used to kill Americans (Fast and Furious), and one that thinks he can talk Iran out of using a nuclear weapon, one who has guided our gas prices from 1.86 per gallon to over 4.00 per gallon. Another four years and we will not be able to feed our families.

Lynn C.
Lyn n C.4 years ago

All I can see, if Romney wins this election, is a lot more Americans being a lot worse off - and very quickly.

Kathy Chadwell
Kathy Chadwell4 years ago

I'm voting for obama,, the lesser of two evils

Susan A.
Susan A.4 years ago

Hopefully things will change for the better by the primary election...

Jane R.
Jane R.4 years ago

Everyone go out and vote, we need a change to save our country.

Ira L.
Ellie L.4 years ago