As expected, Donald Trump kept up his now-expected winning streak in the Nevada Republican Party primaries—and showed once again that with a vastly increased white voter turnout, he stands an outside chance of winning the presidency.
The end figures hide the racial make-up of the vote for Trump: 34,531 votes for Trump (45.9 percent), 17,940 votes for Marco Rubio (23.9 percent), and 16,079 votes for Ted Cruz (21.4 percent).
Exit polls claimed that Trump was leading among “Latino GOP caucus-goers” even though he has campaigned on a hardline immigration platform, including building a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Trump made specific mention of this in his victory speech, where, in a rare reference to race, he said that he was “Number one with Hispanics . . . I’m really happy about that.”
From this, one might presume—and some of the controlled media outlets have already said—that his support among Hispanics is very high.
However, the reality is quite different. Registered Republicans in Nevada—the only ones allowed to vote in the primaries—are overwhelmingly white. The official figure show that only 8 percent of the registered Republicans in that state are officially classed as “Latino.”
Of that number, the entrance poll quoted by Trump and the media indicated that 45 percent intended to vote for Trump. In real numbers, then, this means that a tiny minority of Hispanic voters in Nevada voted for Trump in the primary—hardly the basis for anyone to claim that Trump has “widespread” support among that group.
The real lesson from the Nevada primary is, once again, the fact that Trump was able to activate a very large number of previously politically inactive white voters.
Just as in the previous three primaries, this was the cause of the hugely increased turnout—to the point where Trump polled more votes than the previous two Republican primary winners in that state in 2012 and 2008.
Even though Trump may not have done it deliberately, or by any planned design, the reality is that his campaign has turned into an implicitly white political adventure. This also explains the establishment’s hatred of Trump.
The victory in Nevada has created a Trump momentum which now can only be stopped by a reversal in the upcoming “Super Tuesday” slew of primaries set for March 1.
If Trump continues his winning streak in those primaries, then he will have clinched the Republican nomination beyond any doubt, and the remaining process will be a formality, and America will, for the first time since the 1930s, actually have a real independent presidential choice, instead of the bought-and-paid-for puppets who have made up the “candidates” since then.