Donald Trump will tell anyone with ears that he's inspiring Americans everywhere, drawing record crowds and voter turnouts, and that the wave will keep on rolling through victory in November. Following a slew of Super Tuesday wins, the undisputed front-runner boasted in a news conference at a Florida resort he owns: "I will say this, look: We have expanded the Republican Party," before adding, "Look, I’m a unifier."
Trump has previously proclaimed that he'll square off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the general election and it will draw "the greatest turnout in history." But for all his typical bluster, there is some truth to Trump's claims.
Trump has recorded more total votes through Super Tuesday than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did on his way to the nomination in 2012, despite Romney having the benefit of seven additional states voting through Super Tuesday that year. And when comparing the states that have already voted in the 2016 GOP primaries and caucuses with the corresponding 2012 results, the gap between Trump and Romney widens considerably. Further anecdotal evidence and polls also suggest that Trump could be pulling in voters not typically aligned with the Republican Party. While it's still a long way until November, through Super Tuesday, Trump's signature brand of braggadocio seems to have inspired thousands to get out and vote for him, which can only be a good sign for his chances in a general election.
Trump is "bringing in some people," said Ford O’Connell, a political analyst and Republican strategist who worked on the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign. "He is cobbling together a group of people we haven't seen in some time."