Amid Donald Trump’s surge, nearly 20,000 Democratic voters in Massachusetts quit their party this winter. That’s a Blue State exodus.
Most became independents while 3,500 joined the GOP, state officials report. This could be a national bellwether.
This shows that Trump can attract both Democratic and independent voters. It also highlights apathy for Socialist Bernie Sanders and front-runner Hillary Clinton — who has a huge trust deficit even among party voters.
It’s not surprising that a billionaire businessman and jobs creator is appealing to voters on both sides of the aisle. If you attend Trump’s packed rallies, you’ll see many blue-collar workers in attendance (who normally vote Democrat) along with women and young voters.
I’ve been to these rallies here in the Bay State and beyond and saw firsthand diverse ethnicities, age groups and genders waiting in the freezing cold — sometimes for hours — to hear The Donald speak. In Alabama this weekend Trump drew 32,000 supporters at one of his rallies.
Those are rock-star numbers that Trump haters have been dismissing, at their own peril. This Super Tuesday will show just how popular he has become.
Another telltale sign the GOP is on the yellow brick road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the high voter turnout we’ve seen in recent primaries and caucuses. So far, Republicans have a 25 percent higher turnout than in 2008. To the contrary, Democrat voter turnout for Clinton and Sanders has been 25 percent lower in the same period.
This disadvantage will be a Get Out The Vote challenge for the DNC going forward. They have no one to blame but themselves. After all, they’ve presented their electorate with two choices: a very far-left senator and a career politician under FBI investigation.
In the latest CNN/ORN poll, Trump is trouncing the GOP presidential field with 49 percent of the vote. That’s 10 percent higher than establishment darling Mitt Romney had at this time in the election cycle in 2012. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson all have 47 percent — combined.
It’s only a matter of time before we see Trump face Clinton in the general election — if she doesn’t get indicted first.