President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In amongst all the news about the Wuhan coronavirus, here’s a little positive political news we didn’t want to miss, that President Donald Trump mathematically secured the Republican nomination for president last night.
Not that there was much of a question in his tight battle with the barely known Gov. Bill Weld who won 1 delegate, while Trump got 1330. 1,276 delegates were necessary to get the nomination.
From Fox News:
“The Republican Party is more unified and energized than ever before and it’s because of President Trump’s leadership and clear record of accomplishment on behalf of all Americans,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “As his response to the coronavirus has shown, and as the broad and strong economy demonstrates, the President wakes up every day putting America first in every decision he makes. And voters have responded.”
But one of the things that was a powerful indicator of support for Trump was how, throughout each of the primary states, despite the fact that there was no real contest, people came out in droves and set records for turnout in a non-competitive primary.
GOP Nationals Spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington tweeted out some of the numbers.
Tonight, President Trump officially became the @GOP presumptive nominee!
How does enthusiasm for @realDonaldTrump stack up against the two most recent incumbent presidents?
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 18, 2020
While you might have thought the Wuhan coronavirus would have caused some to stay home, there was still a great turnout of the GOP. In Florida, Trump got more votes than either of the two main Democratic candidates, according to Florida Politics.com.
Moreover, Trump had more than 1.16 million votes cast in the essentially noncompetitive primary.
“Nobody motivates our base more than President Trump, as evidenced by the historic turnout we’ve seen in state after state this primary season,” said Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel. “Fueled by both our longtime supporters and the thousands of new voters that continue to join our movement, we are united and enthusiasm is on our side. We have the strongest record of success, an unparalleled grassroots infrastructure, and are thrilled to have President Trump as our Party’s presumptive nominee once again.”
That should bode well for the general election.