Most of the votes in Tuesday’s primaries elections are now counted. Most races went pretty much as expected, although there were a few interesting notes.
Once again, the much-ballyhooed “blue wave” of Democrats super-energized by Trump hatred to rush to the polls was more like a trickle from a broken drinking fountain. Overall, turnout wasn’t unusually strong. In North Dakota, just 19.6% of eligible voters cast a ballot, the lowest in the past 10 primary elections. You know the economy is doing amazingly well when even the most "progressive" Democratic primary voters actually have jobs they can’t take time off from.
For all the talk about how “toxic” President Trump is, several candidates he endorsed won, and sometimes against the odds.
The most surprising came in South Carolina, where former Governor and incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford lost his district’s nomination to state Rep. Katie Arrington. Sanford has been one of Trump’s most outspoken GOP critics. Arrington blasted him as a “NeverTrumper,” and Trump endorsed Arrington, launching a Twitter volley at Sanford as "very unhelpful," “MIA and nothing but trouble."
The Democrats have a tricky situation on their hands in South Carolina, where Archie Parnell easily won the primary to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Ralph Norman in District 5, a seat the Dems thought they might flip. But last month, Parnell admitted to attacking and beating his ex-wife 45 years ago, which led to her getting a restraining order against him. The news prompted the national and state parties to abandon Parnell. But he stayed in the race anyway and won. In a victory statement, he wrote, "Tonight, the people sent a clear message to everyone. You don't have to be defined by your worst mistake. You don't have to be cast aside. You are not alone. You can be better. And, together, we can be better."
It will be interesting to see if, in the era of “MeToo,” the argument that a politician should be forgiven for making one mistake (when it was beating his wife) will actually work. I can only imagine how well it would work for a Republican. Note to District 5 voters: he's right, you can do better.
And while this wasn’t part of the primary results, it’s still major election news: backers of “Cal 3,” the referendum to split California up into three states, obtained over 400,000 signatures on a petition, which means it will appear on the November ballot. Even if it passes, the government wouldn’t be required to split up the state. It will just tell them whether or not it’s the will of the people, and we all know California politicians have no problem with governing against the will of the people.
There are actually millions of Californians outside the big coastal cities who are fed up with being ruled by wack-a-doodle leftists who are trying to drive them into bankruptcy. To them, it would be a California dream come true being able to live in a state not governed by Sacramento without having to pay the premium rate to rent a U-Haul truck to move to Texas.