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State Data

In the following CBS News Exit Polls from each open or semi-closed GOP primary race, voters were asked the following question: “No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:” and then given three options from which to choose: ‘Democrat’, ‘Republican’, or ‘Independent or something else’.

Click on the links below to see charts based on these responses:

New Hampshire Semi-closed

South Carolina Open

Michigan Open

Georgia Open

Massachusetts Semi-closed

Tennessee Open

Vermont Open

Virginia Open

For the purposes of this project, we decided to only look at those states which had either an open or semi-closed primary.  According to the website, FairVote.Org, “It’s important to note that many states, and many parties within each state, are continually changing the method by which they conduct their primaries.” The website goes on to describe each type of primary (for our purposes, once again, we will only look at open and semi-closed primaries).

Open primary “Voters of any affilition may vote for the candidate of whatever party they choose. Some of these open primary states may not have party registration at all; however open primary states do prohibit voters in X primary from going on to participate in Y’s primary or runoff. Yet, this prohibition can be difficult to enforce.”

Semi-closed primary  “Independents may choose which party primary to vote in, but voters registered with a party may only vote in that party’s primary. The middle ground between the exclusion of independents in a closed primary and the free-for-all of open primaries, the semi-closed, primary mostly eliminates the concern about members registered to other parties “raiding” another’s election.”

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