Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 | 7:44 a.m.
In Clark County on Wednesday, both parties failed to bring as many voters to the polls as the previous day. Democrats are still outpacing Republicans in the raw vote. In the comparison of turnout within the parties, the Republicans gained only slightly (.2 percent) after the fifth day of early voting.
The total percentages relative to registration:
Democrats: 10.3 percent
Republicans: 11.7 percent
With mail ballots, which the Democrats continue to lead in Clark:
Democrats: 12.7 percent
Republicans: 14.4 percent
So an increase from 1.4 percent to 1.7 percent. This is enthusiasm? Not yet.
Independents also are turning out in regular proportions.
In Washoe County on Wednesday, Democrats stayed about the same and 300 fewer Republicans showed up. (2,044-2,220).
So total urban turnout relative to registration (no absentee tally in Washoe):
Democrats: 12.1 percent
Republicans: 13.6 percent
Remember: Usual turnout disadvantage for Democrats here in midterms is 5 or 6 percent. (It was 3 percent even in the huge Democrat year of 2008.)
For numbers geeks:
Wednesday: Dems, 6,008 Rs, 4,867 rest, 2,166
Early: Dems, 34,680; Rs, 28,447; rest, 11,706
Mail: Dems, 8,104; Rs, 6,696; rest, 2,173
Combined: Dems, 42,784 , Rs, 35,143 rest, 13,879
Ds: 8,436 (9.8 percent)
Rs: 9,892 (11.3 percent)