Michael McDonald of George Mason University provides the latest turnout numbers and presidential results:
Total vote for President: 121,491,696
Turnout Rate: 59.6%
Bush 61,755,732 50.83%
Kerry 58,554,961 48.20%
Other 1,181,003 0.97%
Still waiting on 17 states to certify results, including California, New York, and of course, Ohio. Turnout might yet inch up a little higher and Bush may yet drop under 50.8% of the vote. New York is the only state to have a lower turnout rate than 2000.
Interesting! Could Bush’s lead drop to 2.5 percent or even (dare I think it?) below? Stay tuned….