Lost in the talk about Trump crushing Marco Rubio in his home state of Florida is any discussion surrounding the number of people who actually turned out to vote in the Republican Primary. This may come as a shock to some given the general excitement around candidates like Bernie Sanders on college campuses, but Donald Trump received 1,077,221 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 1,097,400.
So what, he would have lost, right?
Not so fast. Total votes for the Democrats came out to be 1,702,878 broken down as follows:
Sanders: 566, 603
Whereas the Republicans had approximately 2,355,183 votes cast for GOP candidates, broken out as:
There is an old saying in politics that is going to be very important for this election:
Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line
This saying points to the Democrat’s issue, what will Bernie Sanders voters do? The majority of his voters right now are young and idealistic. They view the establishment in much the same way that Trump supporters view – with extreme frustration – so there exists a very real scenario where a significant number of his supports either write Sanders in or don’t vote at all.
That could absolutely sink the Democrats in critical states like Florida (Remember, President Obama only defeated Mitt Romney in Florida by about 0.9% of the vote). Trump being able to match Hillary when competing against far more opponents is incredibly important. If the above saying holds true, a lot of these voters will “fall in line” and vote for Trump in the general election regardless of who their current choice is.
Combine that with half the country’s feelings toward Hillary Clinton and there is a very real possibility that Donald Trump takes the White House.