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Byron York reports in the Washington Examiner:
In the end, Trump won 97.16% of the vote, to Walsh’s 1.08% and Weld’s 1.27%. Others, write-ins of various people, totaled 0.47%. It was a striking show of strength for the president.
One would think that Never Trumpers would be especially motivated to lodge their protest votes, even knowing they would be in the minority. Any significant showing — even 10-15% — would serve as a neat talking point. Then there’s the tendency of this faction towards the virtue signaling, which would be another motivating factor for this crowd (or clique, as it were).
Certainly, the Never Trump faction is found disproportionately in the Washington DC environs, in New York City, a few in Los Angeles, and one or two in Arizona, but still, one would think that there would be more representatives of the Never Trumpers in heartland America than this.
Byron York reports another significant message here:
The last time there was a noncompetitive GOP caucus, that is, a caucus with an incumbent president, was in 2004, when President George W. Bush was in the White House. That year, about 8,000 Republicans showed up for what were essentially meaningless caucuses.
…This cycle, the turnout was 32,004, an impressive number for an incumbent year.
A doubling would be meaningful, but a quadrupling? People can’t wait to pull the lever for Trump. The enthusiasm is off-the-charts.
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