Campaign news from around the country

November 4, 2018 |

Continuing my capsule round-up of news from state races, for those who want to know what’s going in the election, but not too much about what’s going on somewhere else:

In Arizona, the inexplicably tight Senate race between heroic military veteran Martha McSally and far-left, tutu-wearing, protest-leading, real agenda-hiding, Arizona voter-hating Kyrsten Sinema got a November surprise when Green Party candidate Angela Green (coincidence) dropped out and endorsed Sinema.  Green has been pulling up to 6% in some polls, so that could have a big impact on the race, just as the Libertarian dropping out and endorsing the Republican could in Montana.

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On the other hand, 60% of Arizona’s ballots have already been cast by mail, and Green’s name will remain on the ballot.  It’s also always a mistake to think that without a third party candidate, supporters of the Libertarian will always vote Republican and Green Party supporters will always vote Democrat.  There’s a reason why they support third parties with no chance of winning in tight races: it’s because they really don’t like what the major parties are doing. 


When I hear Democrats still crying and moaning about how Green Party voters “cost” Al Gore the 2000 election (and yes, they still whine about it – whining is one thing they never get tired of), I roll my eyes at their assumption that without Ralph Nader on the ticket, all those people would have bothered to go to the polls and support Al Gore, as if he had a Divine right to their votes.  If they’d wanted to see Gore elected, he was right there on the ballot: just punch his chad. 


People who complain that someone else “threw away their vote” really mean, “You didn’t throw it my way!”  I don’t think Libertarians are throwing away their votes in tight races, I just think they’re not making a very smart decision and implore them to rethink the ramifications of making the perfect the enemy of the good.  The GOP platform might not be the Libertarian platform, but it’s a heck of a lot closer than the Big Brother-inspired, rights-crushing government micromanagement you’ll see if the Democrats get back in. 


As for the Green Party voters: you don’t have to force yourself to vote for Kyrsten Sinema.  You can vote for write-in candidate Jonathan B. Ringham of The Old Republic Party.  His platform includes impeaching Trump, gun control, single payer health care, protecting abortion and legalizing marijuana.  He sounds like a Green kinda guy!   And I’ll bet he’s never called you “crazy” or referred to Arizona as a “meth lab” of a state when he thought no cameras were rolling.



Speaking of cameras, the campaign of Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum expressed regrets and cut ties with campaign aid Omar Smith, who was caught on a hidden camera by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.  Among other things, Smith was taped saying, “Gillum is a progressive. He’s part of the crazy, crazy, crazies.”  And when asked how he will keep his promises, such as Medicare for all and higher teacher pay, Smith says he can’t, but “That’s not for (the voters) to know…Remember our saying: Modern-day fairy tales start with ‘Once I am elected…’”

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I can see why the campaign regrets that being made public.  However, I can’t help feeling a little sorry for Mr. Smith.  I hate to see a man lose his job for telling the truth.  Then again, he should’ve known that when you’re in the business of getting crazy, crazy “progressives” elected, that is a career-ending error.


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  • Douglas Morgan

    11/06/2018 01:14 PM

    Within a few hours from this writing we hopefully will know the results of the election. However, I attended 2 Trump rallies in Missouri. Tens of thousands showed up and was a mixture of White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, young and old, who stood in the cold rain and weather for hours waiting to see the President. It doesn't make sense that so many people love Trump and what he has done and committed to voting for candidates (Republicans) that will support his continued success, and then lose the election to socialists AKA democrats that want to destroy this nation. BTW, contrary to fake media spin, the crowds were very few at the democratic rallies.

  • David Colonna

    11/05/2018 03:21 PM

    Hello Mike,
    Please tell me if Chuck Schumer is truly living in a fantasy world or is he just wanting and wishing to be a Republican? Help me here as this is what Chuck Schumers campaign just sent me -

    This is it, David.

    We've reached the final countdown of this election, and I couldn't be prouder of the work we've done.

    As Republicans campaigned on platforms of fear and divisiveness, Democrats have put principles over politics and run campaigns that inspire progress and change.
    Here is what email I sent back to Chuck, not sure if he gets them but please share this with the White House they too should get a huge laugh...
    Changes I made to Chucks lies.

    As Democrats continue to always campaign on platforms of fear and divisiveness, REPUBLICANs have put principles over politics and run campaigns that inspire progress and change, which has strenghten the economy, Made America strong and great again and most definitely Republicans care more for the American people than any elected Democratic Politician. The Democrats just want power and control over us all.

  • Ura Douche

    11/05/2018 11:13 AM

    If you ever get done sucking Donnie Moscows little mini mushroom maybe you could learn to write a somewhat unbiased artilce.

  • Michael Hutch

    11/05/2018 08:32 AM

    SNL bit on wounded Vet. Lorne Michaels is the producer so this had his approval. Forget any snl (don't deserve capitalization) boycott. With his hand in so much programming, The week of Nov. 11 starts with rememberence of WW 1. I suggest we turn off all NBC programming for the week. They do not deserve any loyalty until He apologizes for this "F" up. Join Me and spread the word if you agree.

  • Darla Hansen

    11/04/2018 07:26 PM

    I read your comments and information about election news throughout the US. I found the information very interesting but was not surprised. Thanks for keeping me informed. Yes, I am voting on Tuesday.

  • Charles Newman

    11/04/2018 04:24 PM

    " However, I can’t help feeling a little sorry for Mr. Smith." I felt the same for Juan Williams for the same reason, until he got a better job still being paid to lie.

  • Chuck Matthews

    11/04/2018 04:08 PM

    In addition to Omar Smith, how about Shelby Shoup, the Gillum intern who was arrested on battery charges for attacking young Republicans and calling them Nazis. I believe that Smith and Shoup are responding to the type of leadership they are being provided by Gillum.

  • Lawrence Foster

    11/04/2018 03:39 PM

    Governor Mike,
    You have my prediction. A red Tsunami will swamp Nancy's puny blue wave, and the whining will go into hyper drive.

  • James Evart

    11/04/2018 03:14 PM

    That the Democrats are now claiming that our economy was already on an upswing before President Trump took office and trying to claim these good economic numbers as their own is preposterous. The Democrats went from denouncing and trying to hide the economic improvements of President Trump's administration to claiming them as their own once the results were irrefutable.
    We, as Republicans, need to call out he Democrats nefarious claims and require them to specify and prove their unspecified, yet self congratulatory endorsements and show these clowns up for who they are in that the democrats cannot show ANY upward economic trends or numbers while their chief clown was still in office if OUR president can expect to get any undiluted recognition from the spectacular economic turnaround afforded by his deregulation of stifling laws and taxes and dumping the previous administrations wimpy foreign policy and trade deals.
    This is exactly like the democrats, taking credit for the Republican's hard work and perseverance at our countries expense while they do everything that they can to undermine and discourage our country becoming GREAT AGAIN!

  • JOHN jones

    11/04/2018 03:12 PM

    I dont think that it is rite for people from outside another persons state , being able to contribute to their election with money . Its like letting the Mxican or Cnadian people vote for our president

  • Sonya England

    11/04/2018 02:42 PM

    Wish I could support financially but, I live on a widow's pension and just have no extra money. I volunteer my time in support of candidates. God Bless you, your family and especially precious Sarah.

  • Sonya England

    11/04/2018 02:41 PM

    Wish I could support financially but, I live on a widow's pension and just have no extra money. I volunteer my time in support of candidates. God Bless you, your family and especially precious Sarah.

  • Michael Galloway

    11/04/2018 01:55 PM

    Governor: Thanks for keeping us informed on some of the campaigning around our nation. It will be nothing but a shame if Arizona votes and places in position a Democrat over the much more qualified Republican candidate. Time will tell.

    The following poem is worth repeating especially with the mid-term election less than two days. I hope the poem is a reminder to Republicans, Patriots, and those who love our country and don't want it ruined by the Democrat liberal and socialist agenda to GET OUT AND VOTE, so we never return to what this poem describes, the agenda of Obama and the Democrats. And pray to God for the sake of our nation and for His hand in this election and for the well being of our good ol USA.

    Because I Could Not Stop to Vote by Emily Republican

    Because I could not stop to vote-
    My country ceased to be-
    The Constitution mattered not-
    Without the GOP

    It slowly died - - - the FBI-
    Continued in its ways-
    Investigating enemies-
    Creating "dossiers"

    The DOJ assumed its role-
    As quite a handy tool-
    The justice system served the needs-
    Of those who'd come to rule

    The House was gone, the Senate too-
    The courts they ran the show-
    The President, his hands were tied-
    Until his time to go

    The media crushed all dissent-
    Online and on TV-
    The States official source of news-
    Was MSNBC

    Conservatives were secret souls-
    Their views misunderstood-
    Cause Google had condemned their thoughts as "double-plus-ungood"

    We hardly cold remember when-
    America was free-
    Because I cold not stop to vote-
    My country ceased to be

  • Norman Leal

    11/04/2018 01:47 PM


    A person running for office should never mention their opponent by name. Just hearing a name may be enough to get someone to vote for them? In an ad say "my opponent" rather than Mr. Smith etc.