In a speech in Raleigh on July 5, Trump said he has received more votes than any Republican presidential primary candidate ever.
“I got almost 14 million votes,” Trump said. “More than anybody in the history of the Republican Party. More than Ronald Reagan. More than the Bushes. More than Richard Nixon. More than Dwight D. Eisenhower, who did win the second World War; it certainly helped a heck of a lot.”
He’s correct about the record he set. But does that record mean Trump is the most popular Republican candidate ever?
No. Not only did Trump receive less than 50 percent of the vote during the primary, he also set another record – for most votes against a frontrunner. More than 16 million people cast votes for another candidate, according to a Washington Post analysis.
Frontrunners with less than half the primary vote traditionally have had a difficult time actually securing the nomination. So read more from PolitiFact to see why Trump’s accomplishments are noteworthy, as the Republican National Convention approaches on July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Speaker: Donald Trump
Statement: “We got the highest vote count in the history of the Republican Party.”
Ruling: He did, beating a record George W. Bush set in 2000. But most GOP primary voters still voted for someone other than Trump, leading him to set another record for most votes against a candidate who emerged victorious from primary season, and giving Trump the rare distinction of a frontrunner without the majority of support. We rate this claim Mostly True.