Here’s a little conspiracy theory for you to mull over…
During the Republican primaries, Trump tended to perform much better in states that held primaries vs. those that held caucuses. Trump only won two of the eight Republican caucus states (Nevada and Hawaii).
A caucus is a meeting of party members where they discuss which candidate to support, as opposed to simply casting a ballot in a voting booth. Ted Cruz won most of the Republican caucus states in 2016. Most analysts assumed this was because the Cruz campaign spent more time and money organizing at the local level. A few others suggested that people were ashamed to openly admit that they supported Trump.
These explanations seem logical. And Occam’s Razor suggests these factors explain what happened.
But, it’s also worth considering that it would far easier to hack or otherwise manipulate primary elections than caucuses. To interfere in a primary, you would just have to be able to tamper with some machines. It’s much harder to do with caucuses.
I’m not saying I think this happened. I’m just saying it’s worth asking about.