Donald Trump Breaks GOP Records for Number of Votes Received

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Donald Trump breaks records for the Republican Party, beating past front-runners.

As I wrote might happen, the latest primaries mean that Donald Trump is breaking records by receiving more votes than any previous Republican candidate.

The Washington Post reports,

The previous record for most votes for a Republican in the primaries was held by George W. Bush in 2000. Trump blew that out of the water.

Likewise, the Gateway Pundit reports,

Trump received 13,406,108 votes to date in the elections according to

As a result, Trump has more votes than any candidate in Republican history.

Trump shattered the previous record by 1.4 million votes — and that was with 17 candidates in the race

George W. Bush had 12 million votes in 2000.  The Republican Party also set a party record this year in pre-convention state election turnout with over 28 million votes to date which is 139% of the record high voter turnout in 2008.  This increase in votes can be attributed to Donald Trump.

The Washington Post tries to spin this as a negative, saying that Trump also had the most votes against him.

The giant field of Republican candidates meant that votes in the early primaries were split widely, making it hard for anyone to cobble together a majority. It also appears to have meant that more people came out to vote. So it’s not a surprise that Trump also set a record for the most votes cast against the top vote-getter — or that he won a lower percentage of votes […] than anyone since Reagan in 1968.

Those who want to do so will believe the votes against Trump were due to his high negatives. Others might point out that he faced a lot of opposing candidates and that’s why so many votes were cast for other candidates.

Interestingly, as Breitbart notes, Trump predicted he would arrive at the convention with 1,400 delegates. Instead, he has won 1,536 delegates!

This is a huge national shift in voting behavior. Those who claim “there is a path” for a “third candidate” to stop both Trump and Clinton are fooling themselves. As Byron York wrote about “the #NeverTrump party’s desperate scenarios,”

The #NeverTrump conservatives who hope to recruit a third-party candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have so far had no luck. A number of potential candidates, well known and not, have turned down the chance to run. But no matter who eventually takes the job, the new party will operate on a set of wishful-thinking scenarios in which victory depends on one improbable event after another.

The video below expresses the truth clearly (though somewhat crudely—content warning!).


Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the “nom de plume” (or “nom de guerre”) of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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