Donald Trump is on a roll, stumping political pundits at every polling booth. New Hampshire, Nevada and the coveted primary of South Carolina have been clinched by the real estate magnate, who has blown away his political opponents.
In Nevada, Donald Trump won 46 percent of the vote, followed by Marco Rubio at a distant 24 percent. In South Carolina, the hallowed primary of Republican leader and former President Ronald Reagan, Trump won the primary by 10 percent of the vote over Marco Rubio, despite the young Republican gets the endorsement of South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. In New Hampshire, Trump won by almost 20 percent of the vote, the runner up being Ohio governor John Kasich. Trump’s marginal 3% loss in the first primary in Iowa to Ted Cruz has now been reduced to a footnote in the presidential race, with him now gaining the endorsement of New Jersey governor and former Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie.
Trump has become a lightning rod for extreme right-wing Republican voters. His controversial views on the Muslim community, immigrants and gun control have given him that power. The Republican right wing also possesses a disdain for Washington insiders, which grants Trump significant influence. His TV flair also gives him an edge over his opponents, where audiences relish how he tears them down with witty one-liners and comebacks.
Donald Trump’s dominance is also bolstered by the inability of other party candidates to consolidate moderate Republican votes. As Trump delivers win after win, no Republican candidate has consistently held second place, if not given him a close fight. The title for the challenger to Trump for the Republican nomination is still up for grabs. Till the very end, more than two Republican candidates may likely stay in the race to counter Trump, and so the moderate Republican votes will continue to be divided to his advantage.
The race for the Republican nomination is no longer a regionally divisive issue as well, with Trump sweeping primaries with different voter demographics, local issues and shifting political loyalties.
Trump’s ascent is good news for the Democrat party. In a dual political battle across America, where both Democrat and Republican voters will choose their next Commander-in-chief, Trump will fail to match the socio-political acumen and the track records of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. This fact will become painfully clear to the Republican Party and voters if Trump ever faces off with Clinton or Sanders in the Presidential debates. As he wins the primaries alienating moderate Republicans, their votes may just shift to the Democrat party in favour of keeping Trump out of the White House.
Trump’s strategy is apt for him to clinch the Republican nomination. However, in a face off with Democrats across America, he will fail to gain the necessary traction as his own party’s machinery won’t fully endorse him. While the Republicans may be forced to hand Trump the nomination, they will do so with the understanding that the White House will be out of their grasp for another 4 years.
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