In response to my commentary about possible reasons for the unexpected outcome in the Arizona Senate race, I got a helpful reader reply from someone who lives in Arizona. So let’s see if we can gain some insight from her. Even though most of us live in other states, these “case studies” can be instructive for winning races in our own states.
Mary tells us she is Hispanic, over 55, a Republican and Trump supporter, an Air Force veteran, and a small business owner, yet she actually came close to voting for Sinema, the Democrat. How could this be? Well, from her perspective, McSally really wasn’t very popular among Trump supporters, many of whom thought she was a RINO who was pretending to support Trump.
(Of course, we now know from the Project Veritas undercover video of Sinema’s campaign headquarters that SHE was pretending –- to have moderate views when her background is really far-left. Behind the scenes, she made fun of conservative Arizona voters. She is not going to be a moderate Senator, though apparently many who voted for her had the impression she would be.)
Mary says that another reason Sinema won goes back to the Republican primary, in which McSally was running against Kelli Ward. According to Mary, the people who loved Ward were so upset McSally beat her that they voted for Sinema. (Good lord. If this is true, let me say again, it’s this kind of failure to look at the Big Picture that has given us the Democratic Congress of 2019 and all the unspeakable mess that will come with it.)
Also, it appears that in this race, timing was everything. Mary says that just a few days before the election, a friend of hers, a popular Hispanic preacher, made an appearance with some other Hispanic church leaders to endorse McSally. This particular preacher “has a lot of clout in the Phoenix area,” she says. “Had she endorsed her [McSally] early on, Sinema would have been slaughtered and McSally would have won.”
Incidentally, Mary says she used to be active politically in her community, but “decided to lay low and not make waves” since she is a small business owner. (In that sense, she’s like many small business owners nationwide who fear not only loss of business but even violent retribution.) Most Hispanics in her area vote Democrat, she says, because they “have no clue” what is going on; they’re too busy working to pay attention. Mary also claims that Hispanics walking through the parking lots of low-income shopping shopping centers were targeted and offered money to “sign up Democrat.” --- not sure if that means a pledge to vote for Democrat candidates, or what, but it would not be surprising to see large amounts of “walking around money” being used by campaigns in this way, especially with the millions of dollars pouring in from out of state. This wasn't just a rumor, either; Mary says that she herself was offered $20.
Thank you, Mary, for helping us try to make some sense out of what has seemed to be a very odd Senate race. As with the guest editorial we ran on voting irregularities in the Los Angeles area, it’s great to have reader response from around the country to get a clearer picture of what’s happening. Unfortunately, what we're getting is a pretty disturbing picture.
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