August 29, 2018

There were two primary elections Tuesday in Arizona and Florida, and some primary runoffs in Oklahoma.  The big news was out of Florida, where both parties’ nominees for Governor shocked the experts.  On the Republican side, Rep. Ron DeSantis beat agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam by 20 points.  Putnam had been ahead in the polls by 15 points until President Trump sent out one tweet endorsing DeSantis. It was another demonstration of the strength of Trump with the Republican base (one more came in Arizona, where Rep. Martha McSally won the nomination for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat after openly embracing Trump and conservatism and distancing herself from her previous criticism of Trump.)   

Florida’s Democratic primary made even bigger news when underdog Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum edged out well-funded establishment favorite Gwen Graham. If elected, Gillum would be the first African-American Governor of Florida.  But he’d also unquestionably be the most leftwing Florida Governor ever.  His campaign received funds from rabidly anti-Trump leftist billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros, and his major endorsement was from Bernie Sanders, who said Gillum is leading “a political revolution” in Florida. He’s running on a platform of “Medicare for All,” raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, overturning the state’s “Stand your ground” self-defense law and impeaching the President. 

In other words, there will be no better illustration of the relative appeal of Trump and conservatism vs. way-far-left “Democratic” socialism and the power of identity group politics than the Florida Governor’s race.  Let’s hope there are enough Floridians who want to prevent their state from turning into New York (or Venezuela with theme parks) to prevent this from being another Florida nailbiter election.  One hopeful sign: while Gillum made a huge media splash with his win, the Democratic race was split between seven candidates, so Gillum was able to win with only 34.4% of the vote.  So far, that’s been about the upper limit of the appeal of most far left “Progressives,” even among the most engaged partisan Democrats.

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Also worth noting: despite all the media talk about energized Democrats overpowering disheartened Republicans in a “blue wave,” about 109,000 more people voted in the Florida Republican Gubernatorial Primary than the Democratic Primary.  Gillum will no doubt attract a very high percentage of the African-American vote.  But will their understandable desire to see the first black Governor overcome their desire to continue the blooming economy and record low unemployment that Gillum’s leftwing policies will destroy faster than kudzu will choke out your flower garden?


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  • Marilynn Hoyt

    08/29/2018 09:28 PM

    I was shocked by our outcome in AZ! McSally has been a left leaning rep and the last person I wanted to win. I am sorry, but I truly believe Sheriff Joe hurt this race! He devided up the best candidate and put himself in the middle. The super pacs with all their money and the left billionars are putting out pretty colored flyers that people are falling for, instead of doing their homework.

  • David Colonna

    08/29/2018 03:08 PM

    We all have to realize God is in control and right now we all need to pray that God gives the US a chance to clean our house or backyard so we can stay a blessed country like Israel is to God. Pray hard for a Red wave this fall. Amen

  • Tim Skiles

    08/29/2018 01:03 PM

    Regarding the Desantis/Putnam race - I was for Putnam until he started running ads trashing the FAIRtax - I know you are familiar with FAIRtax, and Putnam's ad was extremely deceptive - I (along with evidently lots of others) contacted his campaign and expressed aggravation that he was doing that. Not to take anything away from President Trump, but for me it was his stance on the FAIRtax that lost my vote for him. Maybe Desantis will organize 38 or 40 governors and sell them on the FAIRtax and change this country.
    As far as Soros money in Florida - where are the limits on how much he can put in? I am limited to $2700......

  • Pamela Parsons

    08/29/2018 12:31 PM

    I enjoy reading your columns. The chasm between left progressive and republicans seems to grow daily! Why anyone would want to vote in authoritarian rule is beyond me. I do see a change in America that now seems to allow the end time prophecy to be fulfilled. A few years ago I couldn’t see how it could come about. Now I do...come, Lord Jesus, Come!
    Please thank Sarah for her amazing job...praying for her!

  • Amelia Little

    08/29/2018 11:50 AM

    One person on FOX last night said that he doesn't think Gilliam will win the general election. The reason would be that Cubans came to the US to escape that type of regime, and there are many who moved to FL to escape the states that are increasingly moving further left--with the result of increasingly higher taxes. Let's pray they all get to the polling places to make sure it doesn't happen in FL.

    As for Arizona, one would certainly hope that McSally has truely embraced conservatism and the Trump agenda, and didn't just say that to get the votes. Just like candidates for congress in, I think 2012, who campaigned as Tea Partiers but who, after winning the election voted liberal more often than conservative.

  • Michael Galloway

    08/29/2018 10:58 AM

    As you already stated lets pray and hope there are enough people in Florida that will be more than concerned about electing a left wing liberal endorsed by Bernie Sanders and provided money by George Soros. Speaks volumes if you are even a little bit conservative and don't want to see your state end up like you said, New York. Or look around the world and see what happens when left wing liberals are in control. Lets hope that every Republican gets out in November and votes, otherwise Florida may never be the same if the Democratic candidate takes seat there !!

  • Dr. Ronald Carmony

    08/29/2018 10:50 AM

    We can only pray that there are still enough thinking people in Florida to NOT elect a Communist for Governor.

  • Dr. Ronald Carmony

    08/29/2018 10:50 AM

    We can only pray that there are still enough thinking people in Florida to NOT elect a Communist for Governor.

  • Jessie parra

    08/29/2018 10:17 AM

    Thank you for being so outspoken The truth needs to be heard. Would you conciter having Jimmy Clanton as a guess singer on your show. He is a Christian.