Trump’s ‘Dominance’ of the GOP Primary Is an Illusion

February 27, 2024

And Trump garnered 60 percent of the vote in the Palmetto State on Saturday, which is to say he lost nearly 40 percent of Republican primary voters in a deep red state. (It’s worth noting that South Carolina has an open primary, meaning Democrats and independents can vote as long as they didn’t vote in the Democratic primary.) Trump Keeps Dominating Primaries While Getting Crushed in CourtAnd, like clockwork, headlines touted how Trump easily defeated Nikki Haley in her own home state. Yet, despite being a former president who is effectively running in the GOP primary as an incumbent, Trump somehow continues to enjoy the rewards from the soft bigotry of low expectations. Still, despite benefitting from this double standard, the South Carolina results (particularly when you delve into the exit polls) have exposed some of Trump’s vulnerabilities.