Democrats bet Trump fears will drive up voter turnout

“Honestly, I do think that if Donald Trump is on the ticket, we probably will see the highest turnout we’ve ever seen in a presidential election,” said Republican strategist Dan Judy of North Star Opinion Research. “A lot of people will turn out for him who have never voted. But as many, if not more, will turn out to vote against him.”

North Star Opinion Research worked with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s now-defunct presidential campaign.

Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons shares the same overriding analysis.

“I think [Trump] is right that he will get more atypical voters to come out for him than Mitt Romney did,” Simmons said. “But he will also get more atypical voters to come out against him than Mitt Romney did. That may make a majority coming out against Donald Trump.”