Whatever happens, when the ballots cast in Tuesday's presidential election are finally tabulated, know one thing: the Trump revolution is not over.

President Donald J. Trump revived a lifeless Republican Party that appeared destined for obscurity and carried it to victory against all odds by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and managed to convince a lot of non-believers along the way. Trump grew the Republican Party in a way that no Republican president has been able to do in years.

The Washington Post reports, "Trump appears to have won a larger share of the minority vote of any Republican since 1960." This is huge since Trump was unfairly labeled a racist almost immediately after declaring his candidacy. The Post writes Trump won 12 percent of the Black vote, an increase of four percent from 2016. He won twice as many Black women this year than four years ago and an even larger percentage of Black men.

The Post states Trump is also believed to have captured 35 percent of the Muslim vote, which would be quite an accomplishment given that he was accused of being intolerant to Muslims early in his administration.

Trump expanded the Republican base by bringing in more Asians, Latinos, Cubans, and gay people than anyone had predicted or imagined was possible. He also forced out many of the old-school Republicans in Congress and replaced them with younger people who are dedicated to the Trump revolution. They will be a factor going forward.

There are several young Trump revolutionaries on the bench ready to go in 2024, and I believe even more will be elected to Congress in the midterms in two years.

Trump has grown the Republican Party like no one else and has left it in a good position for further growth and expansion in the future. The Trump revolution will continue with or without him in the White House during the next four years, and that's comforting to know.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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