Voting registration data reveals that more than 100,000 conservatives changed their party affiliation in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riots by Donald Trump’s supporters, according to a recent analysis by The New York Times.
The January registration data indicates that in the weeks since the attempted coup, “nearly 140,000 Republicans had quit the party in 25 states that had readily available data,” the Times reported on Wednesday.
Trump’s biggest influence may be in the Republican primaries. His record in endorsing general election candidates is terrible. E.g. he cost the Republicans the Senate by losing them those two Georgia Senate seats they should have won. There were plenty of other cases while he was in office where Democrats unexpectedly won in red states thanks to Trump’s endorsement of the nutty Republican. Trump seems to influence only when he himself is on the ballot.