By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) After a pair of overwhelming primary victories Tuesday in Florida and Illinois, among other states, President Donald Trump easily crushed his opposition as he grabbed more than enough delegates to secure the 2020 GOP presidential nomination in rapid, commanding fashion.
In Florida, Trump won an overwhelming 94 percent of the vote, smashing his challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, in an indicator of his widespread popularity among Republican voters.
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Granted, security the Republican nomination was never really in doubt, despite sore-loser challenges from Weld, one-term former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh, and a smattering of others.
But as we reported in February, Republican voters have been turning out in droves to support the president despite the fact that he had no serious challengers. And that should be a massive red flag for Democrats.
Trump has so fired up his base of supporters — which includes many new supporters — that they’re casting ballots in Republican primaries in huge numbers, and he’s not even being seriously challenged by anyone, POLITICO noted as well:
President Donald Trump doesn’t have much of a primary fight on his hands — but Republican voters are nevertheless turning out in droves for him, a warning sign for Democrats in November.
The massive turnout is a reflection of organic enthusiasm among conservatives and a sophisticated effort by Trump’s campaign to rev up its get-out-the-vote machine ahead of the general election. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire ahead of voting, and the campaign flooded the two states with high-profile surrogates and launched a Facebook advertising blitz reminding supporters to cast ballots.
The efforts are paying off, with Republicans turning out in historic numbers. Trump received more than 31,000 votes in the Iowa caucus, surpassing the 25,000 Democrats who turned out during Barack Obama’s successful 2012 reelection bid. Trump’s share was more than four times the number of Republicans who caucused during George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign.
The vote totals in New Hampshire were even starker. The president received 129,696 votes, more than doubling Obama and Bush’s totals.
“There is a personal vote for Donald Trump that is unshakeable,” John Couvillon, a Louisiana-based pollster who has been tracking the primary totals, told POLITICO. “Republican voters are willing to go out” to vote for Trump even though he doesn’t have a formidable primary challenge.
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Meanwhile, the #NeverTrump brigade continues to shrink, and look even more pathetic.
The Republican who’ll beat Trump in the 2020 primaries will run on a REAL drain the swamp platform: Against influence of Saudi, Chinese and Russian money. Against the 2016 choice of Trumpian and Clintonian corruption. Release tax returns. History of military or public service?
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 12, 2021
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