Politico: Trump Primary Turnout Bad News for Dems
February 18, 2020 | by James G. Dalton
Look out Democratic presidential hopefuls, President Donald Trump’s crowd sizes and primary voter turnout – in an uncontested GOP race – are a huge “warning sign,” Politico reported Sunday.
“Impeachment has lit a fire under the Trump base — and I anticipate it will burn until Election Day in November,” ex-Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., chairman of the pro-Trump Republican Jewish Coalition, told Politico. “Voter intensity is a key element in electoral success.”
Trump’s turnouts in Iowa and New Hampshire smashed his predecessors, including earning 129,696 votes in the New Hampshire primary, more than doubling the re-election years of former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, according to the report.
“There is a personal vote for Donald Trump that is unshakable,” pollster John Couvillon told Politico. “Republican voters are willing to go out.”
And, notably, this is without a true challenge in his primary, where only former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Bill Weld remains. Trump’s appealing to his conservative base is “George W. Bush strategy on steroids,” Democratic strategist Jeff Link told Politico.
“This is the problem that every party finds itself in when it’s running against an incumbent president,” former Bush aide Scott Jennings told Politico. “Trump is going to be difficult to beat, just like Obama was difficult to beat and just like Bush was difficult to beat.”