The highest Republican presidential primary turnout high was in the 1996 contest among five candidates, including Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes, when 246,339 voted. The Democratic high turnout was in the first event in 1992 when 234,287 voters made Jerry Brown the top candidate with 29 percent against Bill Clinton (27%) and Paul Tsongas (26%).
Significance of the 2020 Vote
- First presidential primary in 20 years
- Early date in competitive year for Democrats
- All mail-back ballots
- More than 1 million unaffiliated voters sent ballots and encouraged to vote by campaigns
- 17-year-olds allowed to vote (if reach 18 years old by Nov. 3, 2020)