Massive GOP Voter Turnout Reports Should Concern Dems

Posted: Mar 06, 2020 11:50 AM
Massive GOP Voter Turnout Reports Should Concern Dems

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People are pumped up to vote for President Trump this November. And that should scare Democrats. According to recent Gallup polling, Republicans are "expressing the most enthusiasm they have in the early months of any election since Gallup first measured this in 2000." Sixty-four percent of GOP voters are excited about this election, as opposed to 58 percent of Democrats.

"The current 64% feeling more enthusiastic easily beats the prior high of 53% in 2012 and 2004 for this time of year," the poll reads.

And the media is taking note.

Democrats not only struggled to count their votes in Iowa last month, but they struggled to even get people to show up to the caucuses.

"Turnout for the Iowa caucuses fell far short of expectations," The New York Times reported. "The leading campaigns were prepared for as many as 300,000 people to show up — 60,000 more than the record set in 2008. Instead just 176,000 showed up, less than 3 percent more than in 2016."

Meanwhile, Trump broke a record for earning the most votes ever for an incumbent president, breaking the previous record set by President Obama in 2012. These numbers should scare Dems even more considering that Trump has no real competition.

Former Obama chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel admitted on MSNBC last week that their shoddy GOTV effort don't fare well for the party.

So which of the Democrats can drive turnout? Some New Hampshire Bernie voters I spoke with during last month's primary suggested that Sanders is the only one who can excite young people. He was well on his way to the nomination, until this Super Tuesday, when Vice President Biden showed up big time.