The Trump campaign sees an enthusiasm gap and a strong base for the incumbent president as he defeated presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 primary vote turnout in key swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“I think that there’s a real excitement around the president,” Boris Epshteyn, Trump 2020 campaign strategist and former Trump White House aide, told Just the News. “It’s very important to report it correctly. And a lot of the media—an overwhelming majority of the media—got it wrong in 2016. And they’re doing it now.”
In Pennsylvania, 934,524 voters turned out for President Trump this year, compared to 914,904 for Biden. In Ohio, Biden won 623,186 votes compared to a reported 682,843 for the president. President Trump also earned more votes than Biden in Wisconsin and Florida, reported Just The News.
The Trump campaign also noted that the president received record-breaking support in 2020 primary election voting when compared to his predecessors. President Trump earned more votes than former President Barack Obama did in 2012—when he was seeking a second term—in 23 of the 27 states that held primaries. The president also received more votes than former President George W. Bush during his re-election campaign in 2004.
“Joe Biden is not excited about his own candidacy,” Epshteyn said. “He doesn’t have the stamina to run a campaign, let alone the presidency. And it takes a lot of stamina. And you look what President Trump’s putting in, you know, 20-plus-hour days working for this country, achieving so much for this country.”
Despite former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump in recent national and swing state polls, the same polls find that supporters of the president are much more enthusiastic about voting for their candidate than Biden’s supporters are voting for theirs.
The polls also favored Hillary Clinton over then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. It’s worth noting that Trump had a consistent edge over Hillary Clinton in enthusiasm in 2016 but his current edge in enthusiasm over Biden is even larger.
“This split is potentially a good sign for Trump because the candidate who has led on enthusiasm (or a closely related question) has won every presidential election since 1988,” CCN noted. “Importantly for Trump, the leader on enthusiasm has gone on to win in close elections as well as ones with wider margins.”
On Wednesday, political science professor Helmut Norpoth, who correctly predicted five out of six elections since 1996 with his Primary Model, reiterated his prediction that President Trump will be re-elected in November, suggesting that the president will win by an even a wider margin in the Electoral College.