Open thread: Ballots now being counted in most important agricultural commissioner primary in history

posted at 9:35 pm on June 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

There’s a boatload of primaries happening in Alabama, Mississippi, and New Mexico tonight but only one of them really matters. Can the greatest political ad ever propel America’s next president to victory in his first step towards the White House? Watch the returns here. It’s a three-way race and the top two will move on to a runoff if no one gets 50 percent, which, frankly, might be optimal since it might mean a new ad from D-Pete. Imagine it. Dude, one word: Rodeo.

A clear majority win for Peterson will warrant a Humpbot cameo in this space later. For now, via Ben Smith, enjoy the latest from gubernatorial candidate Tim “Does It to You?” James, whom you may remember for his lovably goofy ad about speaking English. If not for you know who, he’d be the breakout star of the political-ad season. You can follow the returns in his race here.

Update: Wow, a major upset in Alabama on the Democratic side. Rep. Artur Davis, who voted against O-Care in order to preserve his shot at becoming the state’s first black governor, is getting crushed in the primary.


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Peterson. A man, his gun and his horse.

What more could Alabama voters need.

Wethal on June 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Can the greatest political ad ever propel America’s next president to victory in his first step towards the White House?

Heh. Awesome.

Weight of Glory on June 1, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Wethal on June 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Ummmm, chewing tobacco, tube tops, and schlitz malt liquor.

Just guessing.

milwife88 on June 1, 2010 at 9:40 PM

“This guy should be impeached over his lack of trigger safety” – MadisonConservative

portlandon on June 1, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Humpbot?!?! Getting pretty excited…

fabrexe on June 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Can the greatest political ad ever propel America’s next president to victory in his first step towards the White House?

:D

visions on June 1, 2010 at 9:42 PM

http://www.politico.com/2010/

GOOD NEWS:

Martha Roby up in AL-2nd

BAD NEWS:

Les Philip losing in AL-5th

Angela McGowan losing big in MS-1st!!!! :(

AWFUL NEWS:

Dale Peterson losing 26% to 33% to 41%!!!

But… it’s VERY early for bama results………..

picklesgap on June 1, 2010 at 9:42 PM

A clear majority win for Peterson will warrant a Humpbot cameo in this space later.

I wish you could superimpose a Stetson and lever action rifle on that video.

Weight of Glory on June 1, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Humpbot?!?! Getting pretty excited…

fabrexe on June 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM

I can see getting pumped…but getting excited??? You might need, um, a life perhaps?

(Kidding! Humpbot is coolish and I think the Aggie is awesome!)

Chewy the Lab on June 1, 2010 at 9:44 PM

What the hell is up with the second video??

Ltlgeneral64 on June 1, 2010 at 9:46 PM

If there is a god Dale Peterson will win.

Oil Can on June 1, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Humpbot! Awesome, the outright victory would be fantastic.

bluemarlin on June 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM

What the hell is up with the second video??

Ltlgeneral64 on June 1, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I admit I got a little chucckle…..although it is about 45 seconds too long.

clement on June 1, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Dude, one word: Rodeo.

Can you imagine him ropin’ and tyin’ illegals running over the border?

John the Libertarian on June 1, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Because of the overwhelming national response to his campaign ad (gotta love that internet), Petersen may become the most scrutinized state agriculture secretary in history.

God bless him!

listens2glenn on June 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Precincts Reporting: 406 Of 2843 14% ——————————————————————————–Winner Candidate Votes Vote % (R) Dorman Grace 19,229 38% (R) John McMillan 17,633 35% (R) Dale Peterson 13,922 27%

bluemarlin on June 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM

greatest political ad ever

I believe there are some evil sheep out there, masquerading as fiscal conservatives, that would beg to differ.

RINO in Name Only on June 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM

You better photoshop a cowboy hat on that humpbot…and some cowboy boots.

That’ll make it waaayyy racier. ^_^

ProudPalinFan on June 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Is it even remotely possible that he’ll lose?

flipflop on June 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Is it even remotely possible that he’ll lose?

flipflop on June 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Holy cats…he’s running dead last. Gulp.

flipflop on June 1, 2010 at 9:57 PM

that second clip is so not funny… swing and a miss, strike 2…

Kaptain Amerika on June 1, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Have Winchester 94 30.30. will travel!!
I kid!

canopfor on June 1, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Alabama Politics = Fun!

Mr. Joe on June 1, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Wethal on June 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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Ummmm, chewing tobacco, tube tops, and schlitz malt liquor.

Just guessing.

milwife88 on June 1, 2010 at 9:40 PM

milwife88: Saddles,stirrups and whiskey!!:)

canopfor on June 1, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Boo. And the guy that apparently was bragging about illegal contributions on Facebook is in first place.

Red Cloud on June 1, 2010 at 10:05 PM

As for the Parody. The painting the houses clear was funny the first time, but he drove it into the ground.

I see a future for him writing for SNL.

Mr. Joe on June 1, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I am not sure I want Dale to win.

If he loses I want him to run shotgun at all Palin appearances.

William Amos on June 1, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Alabama Politics = Fun!

Mr. Joe on June 1, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Well, sometimes. I’m glad the huge fight over electronic bingo didn’t get national attention.

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM

He’s losing.

WisCon on June 1, 2010 at 10:12 PM

ale is in third place ?

DAMN COMMIE SHEEP ARE VOTING !

William Amos on June 1, 2010 at 10:12 PM

With about 22% counted

(R) Dorman Grace 32,845 37%
(R) John McMillan 30,716 35%
(R) Dale Peterson 25,082 28%

mankai on June 1, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I’m all three guys are to the right of Patton.

mankai on June 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM

C’mon ‘Bama, don’t fail us now!

Archimedes on June 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM

I have never visited the deep South but after watching Smokey and the Bandit, I had to believe that it was better then Hollywierd portrayed. After watching that second video clip, could I be wrong?

Electrongod on June 1, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Aww man

U.S. House – District 5 Republican

(R) Mo Brooks 15,777 53%
(R) Parker Griffith * 9,205 31%
(R) Les Phillip 4,569 15%

William Amos on June 1, 2010 at 10:16 PM

“Peterson. A man, his gun and his horse.

What more could Alabama voters need?”……..A good birddog!

I am not a racist on June 1, 2010 at 10:18 PM

What more could Alabama voters need?”……..A good birddog!

Gov. “Big Jim” Folsom used to campaign with his bird dog.

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Those two in the top video aren’t going to do a lip lock are they?

Cindy Munford on June 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Gov. “Big Jim” Folsom used to campaign with his bird dog.

Not to be confused with his son, “Little Jim,” who’s currently Lt. Governor.

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I was proud to cast my ballot for Dale Peterson, best gun in Bama!

kringeesmom on June 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Wow, a major upset in Alabama on the Democratic side. Rep. Artur Davis, who voted against O-Care in order to preserve his shot at becoming the state’s first black governor, is getting crushed in the primary.

Further proof there is not such thing as a “moderate democrat” voter.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2010 at 10:27 PM

I have never visited the deep South but after watching Smokey and the Bandit, I had to believe that it was better then Hollywierd portrayed. After watching that second video clip, could I be wrong?

Electrongod on June 1, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I don’t know where that spoof was made, but it’s certainly not from Alabama. He calls himself “an Alabaman.” That’s a dead giveaway.

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Please read/watch this important thing. The truth is out there if you want to look.

dnlchisholm on June 1, 2010 at 10:29 PM

THUGS N CRIMINALS!!!!!!!!

blatantblue on June 1, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Artur Davis, if I am not mistaken (I’m not), is a protege of one Barack Obama. The two are friends. The Reverse Midas Touch continues!

Bigurn on June 1, 2010 at 10:32 PM

THUGS N CRIMINALS!!!!!!!!

blatantblue on June 1, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Oh man, that reminds me of George Wallace ascribing all sorts of social problems to “thugism.”

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 10:32 PM

“Hi, I’m Tim James.
I don’t know crap about this ‘Hit your mark!’ stuff,
so I’m always havin’ to walk around to get in front
of the camera in these damn ads. That, and this A.D.D.,
I just can’t set still…”

eeyore on June 1, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Tim James takes the lead! He’ll most likely “win” because a cursory look at the map shows his support is solid in central and northern Alabama.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Maybe Peterson is doing poorly (so far) in the Ag. race because farmers are voting against him, saying “Dang, I’m afraid Big Dale’s gonna bring that Winchester out after my price subsidy…”

eeyore on June 1, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Can posters here from AL give us a feel of what’s going on? It doesn’t make sense for us HA posters that this dude is trailing behind.

How many times was that ad run? Was he known locally or had any popularity with ‘Bamas?

ProudPalinFan on June 1, 2010 at 10:52 PM

ProudPalinFan on June 1, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Peterson had less money than either Grace or McMillan. The ad did run, but probably not very much. I only saw it once on-air. It did garner a lot of publicity for him, though. I’m not in the candidates’ target demographic, so I don’t know a lot about them. Dorman Grace seems to have the most support from what little I’ve heard.

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Weeeeeelllllllllll Shoot!

Ah reckon now the Peterson’s lost the race for Ag Commissioner, he can jes’ move on to open up that Exploratory Office in Washington to run against Obama in 2012!

Who’s up for tellin’ this here Man With His Rifle that he should be the Next President. That is, if Miss Sarah decides not to run…

victor82 on June 1, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Susana Martinez won! She was endorsed by Palin and came from way behind in the polls :0) She came out strongly for enforcing illegal immigration laws also.

ginaswo on June 1, 2010 at 11:31 PM

(Susana Martinez is NM GOP Gubernatorial race)

ginaswo on June 1, 2010 at 11:32 PM

ginaswo on June 1, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Excellent!

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Tim James = Aubie

Knott Buyinit on June 1, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Looks to me like he lost it by a landslide.

crosspatch on June 1, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Looks like Mo Brooks has handily defeated Parker Griffith.
That’s huge.

Griffith was elected last cycle as a Democrat and he switched parties a year or so ago. He had the backing of the national GOP and received support from some big names like John Boehner.

Brooks is a fiscal conservative of many years experience. He’ll do a good job.

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Bugler on June 1, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Yep, Brooks won easily. Was just watching him on local news. Eric Cantor was on the phone with him. Boy, that call must have been hard for Cantor with the leadership in Washington supporting Griffith. LOL.

KickandSwimMom on June 1, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Looks like Dale is playing kingmaker, but he didn’t win

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=12578854

Vincenzo on June 1, 2010 at 11:58 PM

The only time I’ve seen the Dale Peterson ad was here on Hot Air and the other righty blogs that picked it up. It won my vote, but for every one of me, there are tons of other people who only get their news from local TV, where the airways are inundated with gubernatorial, house, senate and state house/senate races.

Peterson’s name came last on the ballot for that race, and if you’re someone who doesn’t know much about the Ag Comm race, you might be prone to just check off the first name on the ballot.

While I’m sorry about the Les Philip showing up in Huntsville, Mo Brooks seems like a solid conservative, sothat’s not a bad outcome for that race.

bamaconservative on June 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM

bamaconservative on June 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Yeah, I feel badly about Les Phillip too. He’s a good candidate and he ran a good campaign. This is his first try, though, so I hope and expect we’ll see him again.

Bugler on June 2, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Yeah, I feel badly about Les Phillip too. He’s a good candidate and he ran a good campaign. This is his first try, though, so I hope and expect we’ll see him again.

Bugler on June 2, 2010 at 12:07 AM

yup. a couple other good, solid, young black conservatives lost this primary cycle, angela mcgowan (foxnews) in NE mississippi got trounced, as did 20-something princella smith in NE arkansas. i think both of them probably have politics in their future, they just need more money/name recognition/funding.

battleoflepanto1571 on June 2, 2010 at 12:15 AM

That’s some heart-ache right there.

km on June 2, 2010 at 12:24 AM

LOL

the spoof ad was pretty damn funny
i gotta give it to him

“hi im tim james
how bout you?”

blatantblue on June 2, 2010 at 12:43 AM

Heartache! The greatest ad evah failed to get him in the runoff! Still, it makes him available to bigger and better things; could we get him as GOP Chairman?

michaelo on June 2, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Getting rid of Artur Davis would be awesome! And whoever asked was Smokey and the Bandit like the real South, I guess it depends on whether you ask someone like me or someone like Narutoboy. One of us lives here because it’s home and we love it, the other because, well, I honestly don’t know why you’d live somewhere where you hate the culture and the people.

di butler on June 2, 2010 at 2:56 AM

PETERSON LOST?

GW_SS-Delta on June 2, 2010 at 7:58 AM

I never saw the Peterson ad in North Ala. Only on the ‘net.

Les Phillip was seen by many to be too green. Hes a businessman, and Navy guy sure, but it was his first toss into the ring. Mo Brooks, while a career politician, spent a lot of time at the county level, and got a lot of backing.

Brooks was outspent 10 to 1 by Griffith!!

This gets me to my reality check. We have 1 election cycle to halt Obama, and 1 more to get him out. The vast majority have to swing back to the right, yet Brooks wins by only 51%. AND THEN when they win and get to their States and Washington they HAVE TO BE EFFECTIVE LEADERS.

Artur Davis wants to shred the Alabama Constitution and start over. The Ala Constitution has this peculiarity, among several, in that a law involving funding proposed in 1 county has to be voted on by other counties. Weird true, but it keeps stupid shit like this from cropping up: They wanted to tax propane vendors in order to promote propane at a state level. WTF???

Ron Sparks big kick is a lottery. Hes going to sell it as ‘giving every high school grad a free ride to college’. We are dead if he wins Gov.

orbitalair on June 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Sweeeeeeeeet HOME that was hilarious!

I almost peed on my Siamese cat.

seejanemom on June 2, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Gumpers are still dreaming about that box of chocolates.

Kissmygrits on June 2, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Wow, a major upset in Alabama on the Democratic side. Rep. Artur Davis, who voted against O-Care in order to preserve his shot at becoming the state’s first black governor, is getting crushed in the primary.

Further proof there is not such thing as a “moderate democrat” voter.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2010 at 10:27 PM

AAAARRRGGGHHHH!!! The extreme left-wingnuts of the Democrat Party are conducting an IDEOLOGICAL PURITY PURGE!!! They are going to destroy the Democrat Party!

Jaibones, MSM Journalist Impersonator

Jaibones on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

PS Dude? Dale Peterson placed third in a three-dog race? What kind of a world?

Jaibones on June 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The second video mocking James by defending sex offenders??

Does the term ‘morally bankrupt’ mean anything to the makers of that video? I’m guessing they don’t have any children.

kutabeach on June 2, 2010 at 10:28 AM

http://www.gowbrc.com/election/race30.htm

Precincts Reporting: 2826 Of 2843 99%

Winner Candidate Votes Vote %
(R) John McMillan 150,437 37%
(R) Dorman Grace 144,747 35%
(R) Dale Peterson 116,541 28%

JeffinSac on June 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM

…and Dale Peterson is toast.

Shoulda kept his finger off the trigger.

MadisonConservative on June 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Well I voted for Dale. And as for you people who didn’t? I’m telling him who you are. If you hear hooves, you better haul ass.

Squiggy on June 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Jaibones on June 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM

In an ad riding a horse and carrying a gun …. in Alabama. Alabamans? I don’t know you anymore. Your “South Card” is hereby revoked! You can join those sissy northern states.

Rightwingguy on June 2, 2010 at 5:08 PM