Common Defense Richard Falknor on 15 Jun 2016 07:17 pm
UPDATE JUNE 17! Washington Post’s “What Trump delegates in Md. think of Hogan’s decision not to back the presumptive nominee”that “Regardless of Hogan’s effect on the presidential race, multiple delegates said it could cost him votes in a 2018 reelection bid.”
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Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post reported this afternoon–
“Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said emphatically Wednesday that he does not plan to vote for Donald Trump, his party’s presumptive — and divisive — presidential nominee.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)
But in the April 26, 2016 Maryland GOP closed primary, 54% of participating voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump.
“In last Tuesday’s Maryland GOP presidential primary, 444,204** Republicans voted compared with 248,468 in the Maryland 2012 presidential primary: an increase of 195,736!
Also in last week’s Maryland GOP primary, Donald Trump prevailed among Republicans in every Maryland congressional district and county.
This increase in voters likely came from cross-over Democrats and independents; from Republicans disillusioned with their party’s leadership who had been staying home at election time; and even from long-time citizens who had not previously voted.
Trump was clearly the energizer here as he was in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
(Readers may click here for Maryland State Board of Elections numbers and information. See also The Green Papers here.)
So what are some of the key concerns driving Trump voters everywhere?
Putting American interests at home and abroad first:
specifically getting control of the levels of legal as well as illegal immigration (including a pause in the admission of Muslims);
negotiating trade deals that benefit our workers and preserve our sovereignty;
rebuilding our defenses while avoiding reckless overseas conflicts.
**Numbers as of May 1, 2016.”
But as Ann Coulter tweeted right after the speech–
“Anyone who plans to talk about Trump ever again has to see this speech. Your opinion is irrelevant unless you listened to him today.”
We now have the answer to the question posed in our May 1 post: The head of the Maryland GOP, governor Hogan, clearly does not welcome the Old Line State’s Trump voters.
Of course, these Trump voters might end up “orphaning” Hogan.