RAPID REACTION IN SUMTER TO GOP FRONTRUNNER’S ANNOUNCED VISIT
Say what you want about national GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, but he’s got his star power working for him in a big way in early-voting South Carolina. Trump’s Palmetto State rallies have been jam-packed affairs – many of them drawing more than 5,000 attendees.
Later this month, Trump will visit Sumter, S.C. – a city of roughly 40,000 people located about an hour’s drive east of the state capital of Columbia, S.C. Trump’s Sumter visit – scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST on February 17 at the Sumter County Civic Center – was announced by his campaign earlier this week.
Here’s what happened next, according to the Sumter Citizen …
“Within 24 hours of Sumter Citizen announcing Trump’s plans to come to the Gamecock City, more than 1,200 of the literally thousands of visitors to our website had used the links provided by the post to visit the ticket registration page for his campaign,” the website reported.
The venue holds more than 3,000 people.
This “explosion” of online activity “illustrates the massive amount of interest in the Presidential candidate.”
But can Trump translate that interest into votes?
He did (to some extent) in early-voting Iowa … finishing a close second to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in that state’s activist-driven caucus election this week. Next Tuesday, Trump looks to win New Hampshire’s quasi-open primary – where he enjoys a big lead in the polls – and then roll big in the “First in the South” open primary here in early-voting South Carolina.
According to the latest aggregate polling data from RealClearPolitics, Trump is supported by 36 percent of likely Palmetto “Republican” primary-goers. That puts him well ahead of Cruz (19.7 percent), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (12.7 percent), former Florida governor Jeb Bush (10 percent) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (8.7 percent).