The Democrats celebrated a “turnout surge” after Super Tuesday, noting that, in many states, interest was “significantly higher” than in previous years — in some cases, more than a hundred thousand more votes were cast on Super Tuesday 2020 than on Super Tuesday 2016.
Republican turnout, however, dwarfed Democratic turnout in a number of Super Tuesday states, even though President Donald Trump is running largely unopposed. Former Trump supporter, talk show host Joe Walsh, dropped out of the race several weeks ago, and former Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld, Trump’s only remaining primary challenger, has netted an average of 2% iof the vote in most of the early contests.
The trend began in New Hampshire, where Trump received 129,000 votes — more than both former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama received for their re-election. It continued through Super Tuesday, with Republicans putting up massive numbers in places like Tennessee and North Carolina.
In places like Texas, Republicans in 2020 cast twice as many votes for Trump as Democrats in 2016 cast for Obama.
The Trump campaign has been pushing for early votes from his strongest supporters to show the strength of the Trump campaign heading into November.
Trump 2020 vs. Obama 2012 primary results:— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) March 4, 2020
NH: 129,696 / 49,080
OK: 273,562 / 64,389
MA: 207,495 / 127,909
TN: 324,119 / 80,705
VT: 33,863 / 40,247
AL: 690,381 / 241,167
TX: 1,584,661 / 520,410 (w/ 66% in)
NC: 704,328 / 766,077 (w/ 69% in)#SuperTuesday