Republican Turnout in 2012 Less than 2008 and 2004 Jim Hoft Nov 7th, 2012 8:17 am 134 Comments Barack Obama had nearly 10 million fewer votes last night than in 2008. But it was enough to win. Fewer Republicans turned out to vote for Mitt Romney Mitt won only 57 million votes. In 2008 John McCain had nearly 60 million votes. And in 2004 Bush had 62 million votes.