President Donald Trump points to supporters after speaking at his Black Voices for Trump rally Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Several days ago, Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale posted statistics from last week’s rally held in Toledo, OH, which showed that 43% of attendees identified as either Democratic or Independent. I called that figure “stunning” in a recent post.
But the same statistic from Trump’s Tuesday night rally in Wisconsin can only be described as staggering. 57.8% of registrants identified as either Democratic or Independent.
Obviously, as a conservative, I am overjoyed at these numbers. I take them to mean that this group is looking for an alternative to the current field of candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Parscale’s past rally reports have always identified the number of Democrats who show up, which has averaged between 22-23%. Last week was the first time he reported the number of Independents. It’s way too soon to characterize the jump from 43% in Ohio last week to 58% in Wisconsin this week as a trend, but how many Republicans are showing up at Democratic rallies?
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent over $200 million on campaign ads in the last couple of months, and according to the Washington Examiner, 45 supporters showed up at a recent rally he held with Judge Judy. The Examiner provided an update to their report saying that a spokesperson from the Bloomberg campaign had contacted them to dispute their number. The person said the figure was actually 130 and that more than 700 people attended Bloomberg events throughout the day.
Some readers may recall the photo from last weekend showing 11 Biden supporters showing up for a stop on former Secretary of State John Kerry’s “We Know Joe” tour in Iowa. People mistook the photo for a wake.
President Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin with a 0.77% margin of victory. He was the first Republican to win the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984. It was also the tipping-point state of the 2016 election, meaning that when the state was called for Trump, the addition of its 10 electoral votes brought his total to 270, the number needed for victory.
The fact that 58% of attendees at a Trump rally in Wisconsin were either Democrats or Independents is significant. Very significant.
Excellent data from Milwaukee:
✅ 20,395 Voters Identified
✅ 15,738 Voters From Wisconsin
✅ 57.9% Were NOT Republicans (Yuge!)
✅ 4,313 Registrants Didn't Vote in 2016
Winning with Non-Republicans! pic.twitter.com/UifLCaYzmu
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 15, 2020
Big data from Toledo:
✅ 22,927 Voters Identified
✅ 18,210 Voters From Ohio
✅ 5,216 Registrants Didn't Vote in 2016
✅ 21.9% Democrats
✅ 20.9% Independents
Rallies = Winning Data! pic.twitter.com/FtYFkbzXbD
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 11, 2020