President Donald J. Trump has soundly defeated challenger Democrat Joe Biden when it comes to voter enthusiasm. Standouts and rallies on Trump's behalf have dotted the landscape from sea to shining sea, week after week, producing large numbers of enthusiastic supporters. You just don't see that kind of support for Biden.

Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson has energized the Trump base throughout Massachusetts, where he serves as honorary chairman of the Trump re-election campaign. Some have even suggested that blue Massachusetts could flip red for the first time since Bay Staters went for Ronald Reagan in 1984. That would be a leap, but I suppose anything is possible.

Local organizers working with Hodgson – including my friend Jess Machado, who chairs the Somerset Republican Town Committee – have done an incredible job in turning out hundreds of people for the Massachusetts rallies. They've got another one planned for the holiday weekend.

Jess tells me what is likely to be the final large-scale standout of the election season will take place in New Bedford on Monday, Columbus Day. She says local Republicans will combine forces with Cape Cod Republicans for Monday's event.


As voters struggle to make sense of conflicting and non-sensical poll numbers, they continue to turn out in huge numbers all across the country to support Trump. But turning out for rallies won't get the president re-elected next month. Turning out at the polls will.

If you were to measure the public enthusiasm displayed for the individual candidates, the election would appear to be Trump's to lose. But nothing can be taken for granted. Everyone must get out and vote on election day to ensure a victory.

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 and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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