President Trump didn't have a serious challenger in the New Hampshire primary, but he still turned out enough voters to more than double former President Barack Obama's 2012 vote total in the state, indicating that the Republican base is all-in on Trump as he prepares to face the eventual Democratic nominee in a reelection battle this November.
With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Trump secured more than 120,000 votes in the Granite State. In 2012, Obama managed just 49,080 total votes in New Hampshire. The gap between the two presidents is likely to increase as more precincts report their totals Wednesday.
It also dwarfs the total of other incumbent presidents: then-President George W. Bush received 53,962 votes in the largely-uncontested GOP primary in New Hampshire in 2004. And in 1996, incumbent President Bill Clinton received 76,797 votes in New Hampshire's primary.
It follows a coordinated effort by the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign to drive up turnout for Trump in New Hampshire -- something the other incumbents didn't do. Trump himself revved up his supporters at a packed and fiery rally in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, the eve of the state's primary.
Enthusiasm for @realDonaldTrump is through the roof!— Brad Parscale - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) February 12, 2020
With approximately, 70% of precincts reporting, President Trump has surpassed the New Hampshire Primary vote total of every incumbent President running for re-election over the last four decades.
Thank you, Iowa!— Brad Parscale - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) February 4, 2020
Record turnout for @realDonaldTrump in Iowa - most ever for an incumbent President.
Unified, energized & growing!
Contrast that with the Dems in Iowa - disarray, demoralized & confused.
Team Trump is an unstoppable juggernaut and THE BEST IS YET TO COME! pic.twitter.com/aXcoUVw08H
Despite running against 16 opponents, President @realDonaldTrump won 100% of delegates and the highest number of votes for an incumbent in the modern political history of the New Hampshire primary. This includes both parties! pic.twitter.com/DUJyoOrwGm— Brad Parscale - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) February 12, 2020
President Trump only lost the state by about 2700 votes in 2016 and these new numbers could signal a growing possibility to take the state in 2020.
In NH primary tonight, @realDonaldTrump is very likely to beat the vote percentages of the last 3 incumbent presidents who WON re-election.— Brad Parscale - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) February 12, 2020
1996 Bill Clinton 84%
2004 George W. Bush 80%
2012 Barack Obama 82%
Trump right now is pushing 86%.
This is historic strength! 💪