While the collective eye of the media and political pundits have been on the development of the Democratic presidential nomination, President Donald Trump has been making history on the Republican side.
It would be expected that during a virtually uncontested incumbent contest, the turnout for a presidential primary would be less, but this is not a typical contest and President Trump is not a typical candidate.
“Trump has won about twice as many votes in most state primaries as predecessors Barack Obama did in 2012 and George W. Bush did in 2004, during their respective party primaries,” says Fred Lucas of Fox News.
President Trump’s campaign claims Trump surpassed a primary record held by Bill Clinton, with “at least four million votes more than the previous record for total votes cast for an incumbent president in those same states, held by former President Bill Clinton in his 1996 re-election campaign,” according to Fox News.
“Trump has the most devoted and passionate voters I’ve seen in many years,” says Gary Rose, chairman of the political science department at Sacred Heart University. Rose points out that Trump has also campaigned more than typical candidates and that the comparison may be “apples to oranges.”
The President’s campaign issued a statement noting that Trump set records for votes won by an incumbent president in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
“Nobody motivates our base more than President Trump, as evidenced by the historic turnout we’ve seen in state after state this primary season,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News.