The Republican Party’s grassroots candidates won big over their establishment rivals during Tuesday night’s midterm primary elections taking place in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky and Arkansas.
Dems to face mostly conservatives, not moderates, come November
Despite much clamor by the Democratic Party about taking over GOP strongholds in the midterms across the United States, including Texas – where a blue wave in the midterm elections was predicted by the mainstream media – right-leaning Republicans are looking strong heading into November after a key runoff race.
“In the 21st congressional district of Texas in particular, the former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and an anti-establishment crusader Chip Roy cruised to victory over the Washington establishment-backed Matt McCall in the primary runoff,” Breitbart News reported. “Roy is heavily favored to win in November, and is expected to quickly become a fighter against the establishment as soon as he gets to the Capitol.”
Roy tag-teamed with another conservative Republican to beat off another anti-establishment foe Tuesday night.
“In the second district of Texas, the fiercely anti-establishment Dan Crenshaw crushed his establishment-backed opponent,” Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle announced. “Crenshaw, who similarly is favored to win easily in November, is a retired Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander who literally lost his eye fighting terrorists.”
More went right for conservative Republicans in the Lone Star State’s primary.
“Conservatives are very excited about two more wins in Texas, as well, [as] Michael Cloud’s victory in the 27th district of Texas is being widely hailed by outsiders on Tuesday evening, [not to mention] the win by Ron Wright in Texas’s sixth congressional district,” Boyle added. “Both are expected to join the House Freedom Caucus when they arrive in Washington.”
Liberal Democrats also got a boost at the ballot box in Texas.
“Texas’ gubernatorial race also showed signs of the Democratic base favoring a progressive over a moderate,” Fox News reported. “Progressive Lupe Valdez, the state’s first Latina [and openly homosexual] sheriff, defeated moderate Andrew White, who was known for his appeal to suburban voters and personal opposition to abortion.”
She will face off in November against Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas), who will be heavily favored to win, as noted below in more details about the race.
Ultra-right runoff for GOP gov. in Georgia
Things were peachy for two grassroots Republican candidates vying for governor in the Peach State after Tuesday’s primary election, with both heading for a runoff after a tough race at the ballot box.
“In Georgia, anti-establishment forces also won big in the governor’s primary – which is headed to a runoff – as the two top vote-getters have run hardcore pro-Trump, anti-establishment campaigns,” Boyle informed. “Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, made national headlines a couple months ago when he killed a thought-to-be-finalized tax break deal on jet fuel for Atlanta-based Delta Airlines – costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits over the course of the coming years when Delta cut ties with the NRA. Cagle was viciously attacked by the establishment media, from USA Today to the New York Times and more, for his stand for the Second Amendment and against corporate warfare.”
Cagle’s gubernatorial rival is also no stranger to controversial platforms that ruffle feathers with the establishment – not to mention the left-leaning Democrats and the mainstream media – but his hardcore right stance is not just against gun control, but against illegal immigration.
“But the other candidate heading into the runoff with Cagle, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, also has run a gun-and-culture focused campaign with a series of colorful campaign ads,” Boyle noted. “In his [campaign] ad, Kemp show[ed] off his truck that he has just in case he needs to round up ‘criminal illegals’ and deport them himself – all in between blowing stuff up and locking and loading his guns … And then there is [another] ad, in which Kemp interviews a young man interested in dating his daughter about his values and support for the Second Amendment – while holding a gun.”
Just as right-leaning Republicans scored big at the ballot box Tuesday, left-leaning Democratic candidates piled on the votes in the four state primaries last night, including Georgia’s, where Democrats overwhelmingly voted for the ultra-progressive gubernatorial candidate over her moderate rival, possibly setting up the first black governor in the United States, come November.
“In Georgia, former state House Minority Leader and staunch progressive Stacey Abrams defeated moderate former State Rep. Stacey Evans by an overwhelming margin of 74 percent to 26 percent,” Fox News’ Douglas E. Schoen divulged. “Abrams, who is now one step closer to becoming the nation’s first African-American female governor, notably received an endorsement from former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who recorded a robocall on her behalf. Abrams is also backed by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – Clinton’s rival for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 – along with his progressive super PAC, Our Revolution.”
From Obamacare to gun control, Democrats are looking to spin Georgia to the left, come November.
“In terms of congressional primaries, Georgia’s 6th District in suburban Atlanta – where Republican Karen Handel won last year in a special election that was the most expensive in House race in history – will see a Democratic runoff in June to compete against her in November,” Schoen noted. “Moderate former TV news anchor Bobby Kaple – who supports prudent changes to the Affordable Care Act – will face community activist Lucy McBath, a proponent of gun control and the mother of a son who was shot and killed.”
Eyes on Kentucky
Following the trend Tuesday night, another progressive Democrat – this one in Kentucky – beat out her moderate competitor in the Bluegrass State’s Lexington-based 6th District, which has been a stronghold for the Republican Party for six years running.
“The national party recruited Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to run for the Democratic nomination, but Marine Corps veteran and first-time candidate Amy McGrath won by a considerable margin,” Schoen explained. “In November, McGrath will face three-term incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr, who most recently won reelection in 2016 by more than 20 points.”
Win for Trump-backed gov. in Arkansas
After a decisive victory over his Republican opponent, Jan Morgan, Tuesday night in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) appears to be on the road to a second term, come November, with unflagging support from the president.
“@AsaHutchinson, the great Governor of Arkansas … has done an incredible job with a focus on lower taxes, border security and crime prevention,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Asa loves our military and our veterans. I fully endorse Asa for Governor!”
Hutchinson was quick to show his gratitude for Trump’s backing.
“Thank you, Mr. President, for your support for the great things we're doing in Arkansas!” Hutchinson posted soon afterward on Twitter.
He will face off in several months against a progressive Democratic rival who has roots in education.
“In the Democratic primary, newcomer and former state Teach for America Director Jared Henderson defeated another political novice, former railroad employee Leticia Sanders, 64 to 36 percent, with nearly 50 percent of the vote counted,” Newsmax revealed. “Hutchinson and Henderson will square off in November.”
A rare win for a moderate Democrat in Tuesday’s primaries was witnessed in Arkansas.
“The most prominent race in Arkansas on Tuesday was in the state’s most moderate House district, a Little Rock-based seat that sent Democrats to Congress until 2010,” the New York Times reported. “Clarke Tucker, a state representative, defeated a handful of more liberal challengers to win the nomination, avoiding a runoff. He will take on Representative French Hill in November.”
Dems positioning in the Lone Star State
Even though their forecasted success is the November elections in Texas continues to be less and less certain, many Democrats believe they are sitting pretty after Tuesday’s primary.
“A liberal outsider who founded an activist group against President Donald Trump lost her insurgent bid for a U.S. House seat in Houston on Tuesday night, while a Hispanic former sheriff became the first openly gay and Latina nominee for governor in Texas history,” The Associated Press (AP) reported. “Both outcomes soothed anxious Democratic Party leaders in a slate of runoffs that otherwise unfolded with little fanfare in Texas, which remained shaken by a high school shooting that killed 10 people just as early voting ended last week.”
Most in Texas – even Democrats – thought Moser’s ultra-left platform did not stand a chance if she advanced her campaign to November.
“In one of the most-watched races, Laura Moser lost her Democratic runoff for Congress to Lizzie Pannill Fletcher – a former Planned Parenthood board member,” the AP added. “Her defeat was a relief to national Democrats, who saw Moser's liberal campaign as an unelectable drag on their chances of retaking control of the House. And while Democrats have few illusions of ousting Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November, Lupe Valdez clinching the Democratic nomination for governor spared the party from putting at the top of their ticket Houston businessman Andrew White – a moderate who personally opposes abortion.”
Valdez faced some challenges of her own heading into the election – and she will face a major uphill battle when she faces off against her conservative rival, Abbott, in several months.
“Valdez, 70, won despite losing the support of some Hispanic activists over her record on immigration as Dallas sheriff and a lack of fundraising,” the AP noted.
The significance of Tuesday night’s outcomes for Democrats was then analyzed in the grand scheme of things heading into November.
“In Congress, Fletcher's win was one of three House primary runoffs in Texas that are key to whether Democrats can flip the minimum 24 GOP-held seats they'll need to seize a majority in Congress next year,” the AP report continued. “Not willing to take any chances, the fundraising arm for congressional Democrats worked to undercut Moser in a district that Republican John Culberson has held since 2001 – but has shifted to a more Hispanic, better-educated battleground that Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016.”
The LGBT community was also represented in another Texas race Tuesday.
“Elsewhere in Texas, Gina Ortiz Jones, an Air Force veteran, won the nomination to run in a heavily Hispanic district that stretches from San Antonio far along the state’s southern border,” the New York Times indicated. “Ms. Jones – who would be the first lesbian to represent Texas in Congress – will face Representative Will Hurd, a Republican who has won a series of difficult elections.”