Trump team touts the ‘untold story’ of Republican surge behind Super Tuesday

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While Super Tuesday delivered positive news for former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s since reacquired his polling status as the front-runner in the Democrat presidential primaries, it also reportedly delivered some positive news for President Donald Trump.

According to the president’s 2020 national press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, he out-performed “all past incumbents” in blue-states such as Vermont.

The president’s performance was reportedly especially strong in Texas, where he acquired roughly 1.9 million votes, which is “one million more than every incumbent in the past 40 years and three times more than George W. Bush,” according to McEnany.

In an op-ed for The Hill published a day after Super Tuesday, McEnany provided more details on the president’s impressive, unprecedented performance.

“Turnout numbers similarly showcased the enthusiasm of Republican voters,” she wrote. “In Colorado, for example, Republican turnout for Trump on Tuesday was greater than the past three Republican primaries combined.”

“The evident enthusiasm for Trump was made clear in red states, in swing states, even in blue states on Tuesday evening, indicating that the Republican Party is more unified than ever before and is growing in numbers.”

She added that Tuesday’s results jived perfectly with the rally data the president’s campaign has been collecting but voters.

“The campaign routinely finds that about a quarter of those who register to attend Trump rallies are Democrats and around 10 percent to 15 percent did not vote in 2016,” she explained. “For example, in Nevada – the most recent blue state where the Trump campaign held a rally – 27 percent of rally registrants were black or Latino and 32 percent of registrants overall did not vote in 2016.”

“Tuesday night’s results, combined with rally data, indicate that the Trump coalition is growing larger and is more energetic than ever before.”

According to the president’s official campaign, which is represented on Twitter via the @TrumpWarRoom account, he also greatly exceeded former President Barack Hussein Obama’s 2012 performance in key states such as Iowa and Texas:

Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a swing state that’s been bouncing between left and right since 2008, the president received 747,038 votes, nearly double the 462,413 votes he received in the 2016 primary.

According to Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, the nearly 750,000 votes were also “4 TIMES the # of votes of the last two incumbent presidents.”

The only problem with these stats is that they’re being touted by clearly pro-Trump voices, some of whom even work for the president’s campaign. Is there proof outside of the bubble though that a pro-Trump enthusiasm is in effect? The evidence suggests so, though the answer isn’t fully clear.

What’s abundantly is that there’s a notable lack of enthusiasm on the left.

Thomas B. Edsall, a columnist with The New York Times, warned Wednesday that Democrat Party polling data shows “[n]early one out of five, 18 percent, either strongly (13 percent) or somewhat (5 percent) approve of Trump’s job performance.”

“Even more disconcerting to Democrats: according to the Belcher poll, their party ‘is underperforming in the generic ballot’ among African-Americans,” he wrote.

“70 percent of those interviewed said they plan to vote for the Democratic nominee, 12 percent said they plan to vote for Trump and another 12 percent said they will vote for a third-party candidate. Six percent said they were undecided. In comparison, Belcher noted, ‘Obama got 93 percent in 2012.’ Clinton received 91 percent of the black vote in 2016.”

And the eventual Democrat nominee could possibly be on track to receive an even smaller share of the black vote. It depends on who’s chosen as the nominee.

As it stands, Biden appears most poised to win the nomination, though he’ll have to contend with growing senility, the #BernieOrBust movement and skeptical young black voters.

At least he got his “Biden Bounce,” though, given the president’s performance, it’s not clear it’ll be enough to deliver him the big victory he’s seeking in November.


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