Significant First-Time Voter, Non-Republican Turnout at Trump Rallies, Data Shows

By Masooma Haq
Masooma Haq
Masooma Haq
Masooma Haq began reporting for The Epoch Times from Pakistan in 2008. She currently covers a variety of topics including U.S. government, culture, and entertainment.
October 26, 2020Updated: October 27, 2020

Attendee data suggests that President Donald Trump’s base is expanding and not only limited to Republicans or those who voted for him in 2016, according to Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who has been regularly sharing the data on Twitter.

At Trump’s third rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday, there were 11,593 attendees, 14.1 percent of whom were not Republican, and 21.6 percent of whom did not vote in 2016. At another rally in Lititz, Pennsylvania, on Monday, there were 18,894 attendees, 22.2 percent of whom were not registered Republicans, and 20.8 percent of whom did not vote in 2016. Earlier on Monday, at Trump’s first rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania, there were 13,331 attendees, 23.8 percent of whom were not Republicans, and 21.9 percent of whom did not vote in 2016, according to information gathered from signups for the events.

“While Joe Biden holds ZERO events today, @realDonaldTrump is firing up supporters all across PENNSYLVANIA! From his first rally!” she wrote on Twitter, referring to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who has scarcely held campaign events.

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President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again campaign rally at Lancaster Airport in Lititz, Penn., on Oct. 26, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The Trump campaign has repeatedly accused Biden of hiding in his basement, but Biden’s campaign says they are taking precautions against the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus by not holding large-scale events.

Biden did not hold any campaign events on Monday but his campaign said the former vice president is “going to campaign aggressively” in the days leading up to the election on Nov. 3, with two stops scheduled in Pennsylvania.

“He’s going to be all across the country in our battleground states,” Biden’s campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, told reporters last week. “He’s going to be fighting for every vote. You’re going to see him do in-person events. You’re going to see him do virtual events.”

Meanwhile, Trump has continued to hold large-scale outdoor campaign events. At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday, McDaniel said of the 13,263 who attended, 20.4 percent did not vote in 2016 and 44.8 percent were not registered Republicans.

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People attend a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Lumberton, N.C., on Oct. 24, 2020. (Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)

“Our supporters in NEW HAMPSHIRE are ready to turn the state red for @realDonaldTrump!” she wrote.

At Trump’s Oct. 17 event in Janesville, Wisconsin, McDaniel said that 47.5 percent of 13,850 attendees were not Republicans and at his Oct. 14 rally in Des Moines, Iowa, 29.4 percent of 10,134 attendees were Democrats.

At the president’s first rally after recovering from the CCP virus in Florida on Oct. 12, 24.4 percent did not vote in 2016 and 31.8 percent were not Republicans, McDaniel said. Meanwhile, 16.3 percent explicitly stated they were Democrats.

Upcoming Trump campaign events that the president will hold include stops in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arizona, and Florida. These do not include other events the rest of the Trump administration is holding.