Donald Trump Wins, But Still Defeated by ‘All of the Above’ in Arizona Primary

Donald Trump Ted Cruz John Kasich

Because of the flawed policy of “early voting,” the big story in the Arizona primary is that Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race on March 15, came in third place at 15.7% so far, above mathematically-eliminated RINO Ohio Governor John Kasich, which allowed voters to waste their votes on candidates who dropped out prior to election day.

In the winner-take-all Arizona primary, with a significant 58 delegates at stake, bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump won with a plurality of votes, however, the majority of voters chose someone other than Donald Trump, even with the winnowing GOP field.

Voters were waiting in line, sometimes for hours (I know, I was one of them, waiting over two hours in a line that was probably the equivalent of three blocks long) in Arizona to vote in the GOP primary for their favorite candidate.

These numbers could change significantly, however, with 26.7 percent of precincts reporting, Donald Trump has a sizable lead over other individual opponents, even though he continues not to obtain even a majority of the GOP vote, even with only three candidates remaining in the race on the Republican side:

CANDIDATE VOTE%
Donald Trump 46.4%
Ted Cruz 22.5%
John Kasich 10.0

The results in The Grand Canyon State were skewed by controversial “early voting,” (which began February 24, almost a month ago) with thousands of voters casting before candidates like Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio had exited the race.

Unfortunately, voters who participated in early voting and voted for one of the former candidates essentially wasted their votes on a candidate who has dropped out of the race.

Early voting benefited Donald Trump at the expense of constitutional conservative Ted Cruz , as Cruz has benefited the most from other candidates dropping out of the race and coalescing around his candidacy.

Because of the flawed policy of “early voting,” the big story in the Arizona primary is that Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race on March 15, came in third place, above mathematically-eliminated RINO Ohio Governor John Kasich, which allowed voters to waste their votes on candidates who dropped out prior to election day.

A recent Arizona poll, conducted by Phoenix-based Westgroup Researchbefore Marco Rubio exited the race following his poor showing in his home state of Florida on March 15, shows that 30 percent of Republican voters were still undecided, a shocking number considering the number of debates that have been held, as well as the literal wall-to-wall coverage (especially of Donald Trump) provided by the media.

However, because of early voting which greatly benefited the real estate tycoon, as well as the massive amount of free media provided to the bombastic billionaire, Donald Trump is poised for a big win in Arizona.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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