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Thread: Local election results in VA: "stunning beyond words"?

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    Local election results in VA: "stunning beyond words"?

    For many years when a conservative figure wrote a book that sold well, it was routinely called a "surprise best seller." Olson, Hannity, Coulter, Ingraham, etc., all authored surprise best sellers.

    And so we have elections in some local Virginia contests (hat-tip Daily Caller):

    What happened in Staunton? Massive turnout flips Queen City from blue to red
    Staunton City Council incumbents Ophie Kier, James Harrington and Erik Curren all outperformed their 2016 vote totals in their 2020 re-election runs.

    Kier won re-election in 2016 with 1,261 votes, and on Tuesday, he polled 2,248.

    Harrington went from 1,153 votes in 2016 to 2,049 in 2020.

    Curren jumped from 1,009 in his 2016 run to 1,852 in 2020.

    Democrats got their voters out better than they have in a May cycle in years.

    Republicans got turnout more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial.
    It bears repeating here: Democrats got their voters out.

    Republicans just got a lot more of their[s] out.
    The reporter, Chris Graham, delves into the numbers, and explores his own analysis of the motivation of voters. He highlights the covid lockdown and a fading popularity for Virginia's sanctuary status movement. In the end he highlights the 2nd Amendment controversy, which if these three issues is surely the easiest to present:
    The conservative slates in both cities ran as a unit and highlighted the Second Amendment as a key issue in their campaigns.

    Bottom line is that the strategies worked, flipping both from D to R, but the change in Staunton is stunning almost beyond words.

    A city that voted for Barack Obama, twice, voted for Hillary Clinton, voted for Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, even gave a solid majority to Jennifer Lewis in her 2018 congressional run against Ben Cline, is now controlled by Republicans.

    I’m rarely shocked by something that happens in politics, but I have to admit, I didn’t see this one happening.
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    I wonder if this effect has to with swing voters and off-and-on voters having something of a 'come to Jesus' moment.

    Most progressive and harder Left policies really don't touch average people directly all that often. Sure, there's a slow and steady sort of decay in terms of crime, homelessness, illegal immigration and all its attendant problems, increasing taxes, fees, and burdensome regulations on small business, as well as constant "local" fiscal problems but it's all sort of a boiling frog problem.

    The leftist pitch sounds good. It sounds compassionate and concerned about safety and 'fairness' even when the results often demonstrate the opposite. Normally, voters can ignore the results which they believe happen to other people (if they follow up on the results at all) and congratulate themselves on voting for the 'right reasons' before they go back to living conservative personal lives and solving problems personally and in business with conservative solutions.

    Now, their choices have come back to bite them openly and personally. Bad ideas aren't playing out over decades - they are playing out over weeks and months. Politicians and policies are actively harming these voters both immediately and for the foreseeable future.

    I guess this might be what they call a 'teachable moment'.
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