Neither of these explanations fully explains those wide swings in voter turnout. We must remember that many states are open primary states. Included in that category would be Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia, all part of Super Tuesday. An open primary means that anybody can vote in any primary they choose. Party affiliation is irrelevant.
Tennessee and Virginia are hybrid primary states. They operate much like an open primary; that is crossover voting is very simple.
It is only in closed primary states that people who have registered as a party member, must vote in that parties primary. This excludes independents and members of lesser parties from having a voice in who will be the nominee of one of the two major parties. The open and hybrid states allow any individual to vote in the primary of their choice, for the candidate of their choice, that day.
Looking at the results state by state we find that in Alabama the Republican vote was up 37.8% and the Democrat vote was down 25.8%. Trump won with a 22% margin. In Arkansas the Republican vote was up 160% and the Democrat vote was down 31.7%. Trump won with a 2% margin. In Georgia the Republican vote was up 43.4% and the Democrat vote was down 28.2%. Trump won with a 15% margin. In Tennessee the Republican vote was up 56% and the Democrat vote was down 40.6%. Trump won with a 14% margin. In Virginia the Republican vote was up 285.9% and the Democrat vote was down 20.6%. Trump won with a 3% margin.
Some of the Democrats might have stayed home, but it is far more likely that many Democrats crossed party lines to vote for Trump. So far as a Democrat is concerned, a vote for Trump is a great vote. Every indication is that if Trump is the Republican nominee, any Democrat will beat him and beat him quite badly. But, should the unlikely event happen that Trump defeats the Democrats nominee, the Democrats will still have a far left liberal in the White House. A vote for Trump in the primaries by a Democrat is a sure win vote for the Democrats.
Trump’s record proves the Democrats cannot lose if he is the nominee. Trump praised and supported Obama in Obama’s first term. It was only when Trump started to talk about running on the Republican ticket that he started to separate from Obama. Trump praised and supported Hillary while she was Secretary of State. Trump stated what a wonderful job Hillary was doing and he knew she would be a great negotiator when negotiating the Iran Agreement. Trump continued his pattern of contributing substantially more money to Democrats than Republicans during that same time frame.
Trump is on record supporting TARP, Stimulus, Obamacare, a steeply progressive income tax, Planned Parenthood, nationalizing the banks, and diminishing the rights of private property owners, to name just a few of his strong left wing leanings. Trump is on record explaining that he is becoming more left every day. Trump is on record stating that he can change into anything he needs to. Trump is on record explaining that if he were to ever run for president it would be on the Republican ticket because the Republicans are easy to fool.
Yes, a Democrat who votes for Trump in the primaries is not only assuring that a far left wing individual will be in the White House, but also that the conservative movement will be set back several years if not decades.
What is most surprising about this situation is how those who state they are conservatives and oppose all that is Obama are supporting Trump because Trump “tells it like it is,” are assuring that Obama’s programs continue and become a permanent part of American society; that is until a revolution of some drastic form takes place.
These conservatives, who support Trump, refuse to scrutinize the record of Trump. The same situation took place when so many people cheered “Hope and Change” and refused to scrutinize all the documented facts on this hope and change artist and pro-claimer. Obama’s hope and change was the same hope and change championed by Marx and implemented by Lenin. Yes, the facts were clear then and are clear now. A vote for Obama meant a vote for Marxism. A vote for Trump means a vote for a continuation of that fundamental transformation of the United States promised by Obama. Trump supported all the transforming programs of Obama. He has never denounced one of them.