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Study shows bad weather on election day helps Republicans

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Voters across the Coastal Empire can expect to see rain and chilly weather on Tuesday, and studies show this weather can impact voter turnout and actually help Republicans running for office.

A 2007 study published by researchers from three universities found an interesting correlation between rain and how people vote. The researchers looked at data from every single election from 1940 through 2000, and matched that information with weather data from the National Weather service. According to the study, "The Republicans Should Pray for Rain: Weather, Turnout and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections," rainy weather on election day decreases voter turnout and benefits Republicans.

Study author Brad Gomez says for every inch of rain a county receives above the normal average, voter turnout in that town or county goes down roughly one percentage point. He also found in cases where turnout decreased because of the weather, the vote share that went to the Republican candidate increased.

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