We ran a story the other day about how Trump is on track for highest GOP vote total in a primary season. That is of course, in part, because of the hotly contested race that has gotten high numbers of people out.
But while that’s certainly a positive for him, the numbers are still challenging, if he is the nominee.
Hillary, who has also been in a hot race with Bernie Sanders, has actually gotten more out. Which is actually a stupefying thought, given what a weak candidate she is. She has over 12.1 million to Trump’s 10.1 at this point. She actually had even higher numbers in 2008, running and losing in an even tighter race against Obama.
Primary voters are of course only a subset of actual general election voters, and you also have to add in those of both parties who don’t come out to vote in primary, as well as independents and unaffiliated voters. That’s how someone can do well in a primary, but then falter in a general election.
Unfortunately, Republicans will also suffer from an electoral college disadvantage in the general election, whoever the nominee is, since there are more votes likely to be allocated towards the Democratic candidate because of the number of states considered safely or favoring Democrats.