The other side of the coin

I don’t go to the Drudge Report anymore, so I only heard about this screaming headline second-hand when it was being crowed about on Twitter. But the headline read: “TRUMP MOST VOTES IN REPUBLICAN HISTORY.” Wowie. Well, ain’t that impressive? But then there is the other side of the coin.

According to Philip Bump at the Washington Post, though he has yet to hit that mark of having the most primary votes in Republican history (George W. Bush holds that record), by the end of the 2016 primary season, Donald Trump probably will exceed Bush’s 2000 totals.

Now, here’s the other side of the coin.

Trump also will be another historic first. In addition to garnering the most primary votes in Republican history, Donald J. Trump will also hold the record for having the most primary votes against him.

Take a look:
the other side of the coin

Graph from the Washington Post

Well, sweet merciful Zeus!

The primary season isn’t even over yet and already the anti-Trump vote is solidly the most “anti” votes in Republican history. Nearly fifteen million Republican primary voters have said no to Trump.

Fifteen million. That’s quite a hefty number.

Philip Bump closes his piece with this:

This isn’t a critique of Trump, really. The math is simple: Lots of people voting for lots of different candidates means that the guy in first got a lot of votes — but so did the aggregation of everyone else.
 
The lesson to take from this is that the truly historic component of the 2016 Republican contest isn’t the number of votes Trump is getting or that his opponents have earned. It’s that so many people in total have come out to vote. Of course, contra Trump’s insistence that he’s bringing people out in droves to give him their support, an awful lot of those people would rather vote for someone else.

I wonder if Drudge ever will point this out?

Probably not.

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7 thoughts on “The other side of the coin

    • April 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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      Got it in my Blog Roll. That and Social News Watch are two of my go-to sites now. I also found that dumping Drudge has forced me to do my own leg-work (which is a good thing). Sure it means slogging through Liberal sites like Washington Post, CNN, Politico, the Hill and the like, but that’s fine.

  • April 29, 2016 at 11:20 pm
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    Not that the anti-Trump vote wasn’t big enough, but you have to figure that all the Democrats who voted for Trump in the primaries will be voting for Hillary in the general. This could be a bloodbath.

    • April 29, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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      Did you see Hillary leads Trump by 12 points in NC? It will be a bloodbath. Only the blood pouring onto the states will be blue.

  • April 30, 2016 at 10:04 am
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    WHEN THE ENTIRE SYSTEM OF GOVT HAS BEEN CORRUPT FOR CENTURIES!!! AND, THE PUBLIC HAS GENERATIONALLY BEEN BRAINWASHED TO ACCEPT PROPAGANDA.. OF COURSE THE MASSES OF MORONS OUTNUMBER THE INTELLIGENT. BUT, ITS QUITE THE REVERSE OF YOUR IDIOTIC ARTICLE. U ARE AMONG THE MORONS WHO ARE EITHER TOO COWARDLY TO ADMIT TRUTH.. FOR FEAR OF RIDICULE BY RETARDS..
    OR, U ARE AMONG THE BORN 2 BE STUPID SHEEPLE. -CRITICAL THOUGHT. GROW A PAIR. – MUST BE ANOTHER FAKE PATRIOT, WHO VOTES CANADIAN.

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