Enthusiasm gap: GOP voter registration is so-so

Connecticut Republicans have picked up more than 5,000 voters since Jan. 1, including 3,878 new voters and 1,515 unaffiliated voters who switched to the GOP, allowing them to vote in the April 24 presidential primary. But those numbers compare poorly with 2008.

In 2008, 6,300 new voters registered as Republicans in the 90 days prior to the primary, while 3,600 unaffiliated voters enrolled as Republicans. There are now nearly 2,000,000 active registered voters in Connecticut, including 734,431 Democrats, 414,539 Republicans and 828,252 unaffiliated voters.