Election Day: Special election for Giffords House seat in AZ, primary in VA

posted at 3:31 pm on June 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Two interesting elections will take place today, more than 2,000 miles apart.  One is a primary fight in a swing state, and the other a special election that will serve as a dry run for a repeat in November, when the stakes matter a lot more.  Let’s start with the special US House election in Arizona, where voters in the southern end of the state have to choose the temporary replacement for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Democrat who was gravely wounded in a Tucson shooting and had to retire:

Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Jesse Kelly made a last-ditch plea for votes ahead of Tuesday’s special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as an independent poll showed Barber poised to win.

With momentum apparently in his favor, Barber spent the day trying to mobilize his get-out-the-vote operation and avoid complacency. The tea party-backed Kelly went on a popular conservative talk radio show and pressed his case that Barber would be a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama. …

With around 35 percent of the Southern Arizona district’s voters already casting early ballots, Democrats said they were launching an aggressive campaign to reach out to those who remained undecided. Barber’s campaign, which has set up volunteer staging centers throughout the district, claimed that it had placed about 48,000 phone calls to voters over the weekend and knocked on around 10,00 doors.

Given the circumstances of the special election, it comes as no great shock that PPP shows Barber with a double-digit lead over Kelly, 53/41, in a survey taken this weekend.  Although AZ-08 is an R+4 district, it sent Giffords to Congress for three terms, the last one cut tragically short.  Barber, her aide, is a sentimental favorite to complete Giffords’ last term in office.

However, Kelly’s efforts aren’t going to waste.  Even if Barber wins, he will have to run for re-election in November — and the turnout model may be very different from today.  This district has supported Republicans in presidential elections for the last three cycles, including a six-point margin for favorite son John McCain against Barack Obama in 2008, when Obama won the national popular vote by seven points.  That’s why Barber initially refused to answer when asked which candidate would get his vote in November:

He’s since endorsed Obama, who recruited him for this position — although he didn’t sound too keen in doing so last night:

Kelly’s job today is to build his organization in order to challenge Barber in November. If he can cut Barber’s margin of victory to single digits, that will be a good sign.

The other race today takes place in Virginia, where Tea Party organizer Jamie Radtke takes on former Senator and Governor George Allen for the Republican nomination in the US Senate race.  Her task is to prevent the “coronation” of Allen, but it’s going to be tough:

Polls, pundits and the press all see Tuesday’s RepublicanSenate primary is little more than a partisan coronation for former Sen. George Allen.

Mr. Allen’s three lesser-known primary rivals — all running to his right on issues of federal spending and debt — dispute the coronation. Each contends they will rock Virginia politics by unifying conservatives against Democrat Tim Kaine in November’s election for retiring one-term Sen. Jim Webb’s seat.

Tea party leader Jamie Radtke says conservatives across the state have quietly come to accept her claim that Allen is a GOP disaster-in-waiting if he’s nominated because Democrat Tim Kaine will batter him as a free-spending hypocrite during his earlier Senate term, just as she has for months. Kaine is unopposed for his party’s nomination.

“It’s insane to keep electing the same officials who created the mess,” said Ms. Radtke, who claims Mr. Allen was part of a fully RepublicanCongress during George W. Bush’s Republican presidency that spent liberally and ran up record deficits a decade ago.

She accurately notes Mr. Allen’s role in passing tens of thousands of spending earmarks while he was in the Senate, and Allen himself has publicly concede that spending then was out of control. The more than 50,000 specifically funded pet projects enacted during that time, however, were buried in massive federal budgets and appropriations bills that were before Congress, not individual measures.

I’ve interviewed Radtke on a couple of occasions.  She’s a tough competitor, but the question will be whether Virginia Republicans are ready for a Tea Party candidate.  Allen will have a lot of name recognition and a sense of a “safe” candidate (the “macaca” incident notwithstanding) against Tim Kaine, and of course will be helped by Virginia’s relatively moderate political positioning.  Radtke could pull a surprise here, but she’ll need a perfect storm of circumstances to do it.  Keep an eye on this race tonight to see what the GOP turnout looks like as a harbinger of the base enthusiasm for the November election.  Republicans desperately need Virginia to beat Obama, and it will take a lot of empassioned voters to make that happen.


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Wasn’t WI a dry run?

B Man on June 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

George Allen knows alot about our energy needs in this country. That is an issue for the November election. & his future opponent, Tim Kaine, was Obambi’s DNC chmn as Gov of Virginia & beyond. some independents didn’t like that. He is a very partisan supporter of Obama.

George Allen & Mitt /Romney will either live or die together on November election night.

kelley in virginia on June 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I happily came out in support of Radtke. That said, I expect Allen to win in a romp.

Stoic Patriot on June 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I hope Allen wins even if he is the boring choice. We need as many pickups as possible. We need Reid the a-hole as the minority leader ASAP. Here in Ohio, we have Sherrod Brown, who I can’t wait to see the last of.

gsherin on June 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

B Man on June 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

“WI never happened” /LSM

But if WI is any indication, it will be a tough fight for Allen.

nobar on June 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Radtke has been annoyingly negative over the past few weeks. Really turned me off. If her message was sound, it should be able to resonate without demonizing George Allen. I voted Allen this morning and I was glad to do it.

JohnTant on June 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM

o/t, but pretty stunning…

A new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama.

Obama received 95 percent of the support from African-Americans in North Carolina in the 2008 election, compared with just 5 percent for Republican nominee John McCain.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/barack-obama-african-american-vote-black-north-carolina-2012-6#ixzz1xbm1fncx

Of course, Romney is never going to win the African-American vote, but because the white middle class vote is likely to go to Romney in even greater numbers than it did for McCain, Obama needs to make up the numbers with even greater turnout in the black community and among young voters (as an aside, voters under 25 in Wisconsin, flocked to Scott Walker). That’s going to be hard to do with his record.

If Romney gets even 10% of the black vote and turnout is lower for both blacks and young voters, November is going to be an absolute bloodbath for Obama. There is no other way the math adds up.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Go Jesse Kelly!

Every seat we pick up – especially if it’s a conservative – is important. If you are in AZ, get out and vote!

Rixon on June 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Go Kelly!

Not in my district but hope he does well

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

GO – Jesse Kelly – GO! Kelly is awesome – he would be great for Arizona.

Pork-Chop on June 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Sympathy vote now but dont think it’ll work in Nov

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Aside from being the most laughable ad I’ve heard (sounds like a mash-up of an ad for a blaxploitation flick and an Eddie Murphy SNL skit), it indicates that Team SCOAMF must be in an absolute panic. Running an ad aimed at black voters? A constituency that votes Democrat 97% of the time? And in June?

The internals must be catastrophic.

Rixon on June 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I think more n more that Romney will win in Nov; but sorry I just do NOT believe he’ll get 20% of the black vote.

That’s a bridge too far. PA is more likely then that.

B Man on June 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

MSM Wednesday Morning News Flash:

Obama the big winner in Arizona. This election to fill Gabby’s old seat shows that Obama is on the right track to win big in November. Even as he only won by 3%. That Wisconsin election still does not mean anything in November.

tjexcite on June 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Macaca…!

Seven Percent Solution on June 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

If the Democrats win, it’s a dry run for November. Otherwise it’s meaningless.

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Spot on tjexcite

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Well, if my polling place was any indication, turnout for the VA primaries isn’t very high. It was a ghost town this morning.

Incidentally, I voted for Allen.

changer1701 on June 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

She’s a tough competitor, but the question will be whether Virginia Republicans are ready for a Tea Party candidate

They’re not.

I voted here in Henrico (West Richmond)this morning at 6:45. I was number 7.

My prediction – Allen and Cantor will win. Radtke will lose by 10 or more.

As far as Obama, it all depends on the NoVa vote and GOP turnout. If we can swing a point or two away from Obama in the Fairfax area, it’ll be a big win.

I plan to spend election day at GOP headquarters driving folks to the poll who need a ride.

BacaDog on June 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

If Romney gets even 10% of the black vote and turnout is lower for both blacks and young voters, November is going to be an absolute bloodbath for Obama. There is no other way the math adds up.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Aah, yes! That explains the internet ad the Obama campaign released today targeting the black community.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/06/12/desperate_obama_campaign_runs_radio_ad_targeting_black_voters

esr1951 on June 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Wasn’t WI a dry run?

B Man on June 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

There will continue to be “dry runs” until the Democrats can win.

kim roy on June 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I’m glad Allen will cruise to victory.

We’re far past the time when we can play fast and loose with swing states. That stuff might fly in an off-year when a statewide race can go under the radar, but not Virginia in 2012.

Everything I have seen or heard out of Radtke is proof enough that she’s not the caliber we need in that race. Maybe somebody like Cuccinelli would be strong enough, but Radtke hews far too close to the profile of the “party activist” who fills a ballot space when the national apparatus has written off a state.

KingGold on June 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Aside from being the most laughable ad I’ve heard (sounds like a mash-up of an ad for a blaxploitation flick and an Eddie Murphy SNL skit), it indicates that Team SCOAMF must be in an absolute panic. Running an ad aimed at black voters? A constituency that votes Democrat 97% of the time? And in June?

The internals must be catastrophic.

But this ad is groovy.

taternuggets on June 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

There will continue to be “dry runs” irrelevant elections until the Democrats can win. Then it’s a dry run.

kim roy on June 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

But this ad is groovy.

taternuggets on June 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Shaft.

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I don’t see why Giffords isn’t running for reelection. Even in her present state she still has way more on the ball than half of the democratics in Congress.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

If Arizonans elect Republican and Iraq War Veteran Jesse Kelly to represent them in Congress it will send a HUGE and very necessary message to Nancy Pelosi.

Nancy Pelosi is behind a deceptive ad that is takes Jesse Kelly’s words completely out of context.

A Democratic super-PAC is running an ad in the special election race to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that features the Republican nominee calling Giffords “a hero of nothing.”

The remarks by Republian candidate Jesse Kelly were made in August 2010 — about five months before the shooting spree in Giffords’s district that killed six, critically wounded the three-term congresswoman and led to her resignation from the House. Kelly ran against Giffords in 2010 and lost by less than 2 points.

House Majority PAC, which is supported by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), will spend six figures to air the 30-second spot in Arizona ahead of the June 12 special election.

http://thehill.com/video/campaign/230649-democratic-ad-uses-clip-of-republican-calling-giffords-hero-of-nothing

Vote for Jesse Kelly!

Show Nancy Pelosi that Americans don’t like it when she sponsors deceptive advertising that distorts the words of a Marine, who served in Iraq, so that Pelosi can increase her chances of becoming Speaker of the House again.

wren on June 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

George Allen will win in Virginia. Today and in November.

dczombie on June 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Did bho do a ‘tweet’ to support the d’s? I know bho is so so so busy doing ‘his duty as pres’ that he can’t make it in person for support?
/
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letget on June 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

wren on June 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Did you copy and paste your comment from a fundraising email or something?

No personal offense intended, but the whole thing sounds like low-grade political boilerplate.

KingGold on June 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I think more n more that Romney will win in Nov; but sorry I just do NOT believe he’ll get 20% of the black vote.

That’s a bridge too far. PA is more likely then that.

B Man on June 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I don’t think he is going to win 20% of the black vote either. I said 10%, but I think the poll is more indicative of the likelihood that African-American turnout will be much lower than in 2008. McCain won the middle class vote 60/40. Romney is going to do better, as he does in the polls now with the middle class. Obama HAS to have larger turnout amongst African-Americans, Hispanics, 18-25s, single women, and union voters. With the exception of maybe single women, he is not going to do better with those groups than he did in 2008 nor will he draw larger turnout with them.

If he doesn’t turn out his base in greater numbers, he will be unable to make up the difference to account for the losses in the middle class vote, especially the white, blue-collar middle class in the Midwest & Rust Belt.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I voted for Radtke this morning. Looks like today’s rain may depress the turnout, a factor that may help the Tea Party.

stefanite on June 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Here is a link to Arizona Republican Congressional Candidate Jesse Kelly’s campaign website where you can learn more about him:

http://www.votejessekelly.com/

Prior to joining the family business, Jesse served in the United States Marine Corps. During his four years in the military, he led a squad in the Mortar Section of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2004.

wren on June 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Makes sense to me. The ones who actually thought the 0 was going to fill their gas tank won’t get out to vote. The ones whose arms were twisted to vote for the 0 will be voting Romney this time.

txhsmom on June 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

A new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama.

That’s 10% more for Romney than I thought he would get.

If he’s polling that much of the black vote, then Obama needs black and youth turnout numbers to be insanely high to make up for it.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Aside from being the most laughable ad I’ve heard (sounds like a mash-up of an ad for a blaxploitation flick and an Eddie Murphy SNL skit)

Scroll down:

From “Man-Crushed” To “Just Crushed”

hehehe

it indicates that Team SCOAMF must be in an absolute panic. Running an ad aimed at black voters? A constituency that votes Democrat 97% of the time? And in June?

The internals must be catastrophic.

Rixon on June 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

You’re not kidding. They also have to be wondering how accurate they are after Wisconsin. The Democrats can try and hold up the exit polls and claim that Obama is in good shape, but those polls had the race “too close to call.” I would take those polls with a grain of salt.

Also, a new poll out of Wisconsin today shows Obama up only 4.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I live in Virginia Beach, VA. and voted this morning for Radtke.

Sadly not a big turn out for voting….I was in and out in 2 minutes, tops.
The voting booth I used showed 35 votes had been cast so far.

Kills me to listen to people like Hannity throw so much support behind George Allen, I don’t want to see him back in office.

He is no better than the other big spending politicians…be they Dem or Republican.

MityMaxx on June 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Did you copy and paste your comment from a fundraising email or something?

No personal offense intended, but the whole thing sounds like low-grade political boilerplate.

KingGold on June 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

No.

The text in the quotebox came from the article in the Hill that I referenced.

The rest of the words were my own.

Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for using such a deceptive ad against a Marine Veteran!

I hope the voters of Arizona will show Nancy Pelosi that her slimy ad didn’t work and won’t get Pelosi any closer to getting her Speaker’s gavel back.

wren on June 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

If he’s polling that much of the black vote, then Obama needs black and youth turnout numbers to be insanely high to make up for it.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

If Romney is pulling that much of the black vote, then there has been a dramatic and irreparable shift across the board, and Obama will lose in a landslide.

Missy on June 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

it indicates that Team SCOAMF must be in an absolute panic. Running an ad aimed at black voters? A constituency that votes Democrat 97% of the time? And in June?

The internals must be catastrophic.

Rixon on June 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Yep. I would bet they are. The flopsweat is getting harder to hide.

Missy on June 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

A new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama.

…JugEars recieved 90-95% the last time…that’s a drop George Stepalotonmytounge and his friends at the MSM should be alarmed about!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The poll in question was of voters in North Carolina, broken down to get statistics on black voting patterns.

Which makes me wonder… is this shift because of his public stance on gay marriage after North Carolina’s constitutional amendment passed?

There have to be a ton of black people in North Carolina who feel strongly about the subject, having voted for that amendment, who were pissed that Obama came out against it after the fact.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

…so beat Barber in November…we can wait.

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

There are also apparently many Vince Coakley conservative blacks in NC too that were fooled by Obama. Once.

mike_NC9 on June 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Here is a link to a Washingon Post column which provides links to videos of both the ad that Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC is running in Arizona against Republican Congressional Candidate Jesse Kelly and Jesse Kelly’s original statement so you can decide for yourself if Pelosi’s ad is deceptive.

Barber, a first-time candidate who had worked as Giffords’s district director for five years and had been with her since her first House campaign, had pledged earlier this year to run a campaign based on civility.

But the House Majority PAC ad is the latest reminder that in the super-PAC era, decisions about the tenor of a campaign are often out of a candidate’s hands.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/jesse-kelly-in-2010-called-gabrielle-giffords-hero-of-nothing-ad-shows/2012/06/04/gJQAfFxVDV_blog.html

If we want to get deceptive ads out of politics, then Voters need to show the sponsors of deceptive ads that these ads don’t work.

With a little help from Google, voters can prove that deceptive ads are likely to hurt the candidate the ads are supposed to help.

wren on June 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I voted for Radtke this afternoon and was happy to do it. I’m tired of big spending Pubbies who are no different than ‘moderate’ Dems. Allen may win easily, but he sure hasn’t set the world on fire against Kaine. What’s he waiting on? I’ll vote Mittens and Macaca in Nov – ABO and all that and wearing a clothespin too boot!

Bob in VA on June 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Mr. Barber… enjoy it now because it ain’t gonna last…

sandee on June 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Wasn’t WI a dry run?

It’s a dry run for Kelly, who, if he loses, will face Barber in November. This is an election where degree of loss is actually important. Anything under 5 percent means Barber may be easy pickings in 4.5 months.

TheLastBrainLeft on June 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I’m really glad I glanced at this website before I left work – the VA primary had somehow eluded me. I voted for Radtke on the way home. Only one other voter was there.

disa on June 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This is an election where degree of loss is actually important. Anything under 5 percent means Barber may be easy pickings in 4.5 months.

TheLastBrainLeft on June 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

The Arizona special election is also important because if the winner of the special election also wins in November, they will have seniority over the Freshman Congressional Representatives who are elected in November. Seniority can make a difference on things like committee assignments.

Do Arizonans want to give that seniority to a Democrat who owes his election to a deceptive ad run by Nancy Pelosi, or a Republican who served with the Marines in Iraq?

You can count on Nancy Pelosi to find ways for the Democrat to express his gratitude for her help, if he wins.

Vote for Republican Jesse Kelly!
http://www.votejessekelly.com/

wren on June 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I wish just once that someone would check how the polling was done. They sampled Democrats by +12 and early ballots in the District have over 5000+ Republican indentified ballots over Democrat ballots. That has never happend in early voting in this District. I see some crow eating in everyone who believes the Democrat is going to win today. Those people are not in this District.

azcop on June 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Turnout wasn’t still isn’t very high in my polling place in VA either. Mine was the 22nd vote. Family and I voted for EW Jackson. The man gives awesome speeches and is a solid conservative.

Radtke has been way too negative for way to long and always scolded Allen by saying “my opponent” blah, blah, blah. News flash there hun: there are two others in the race besides you and Allen.

roopster217 on June 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

wasn’t and still isn’t very high*

roopster217 on June 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Allen…………………65.08%
Radtke………………..24.47%
Marshall………………5.72%
Jackson……………….4.70%
.
Precincts Reporting: 1,566 of 2,578 (60.74%)

ExpressoBold on June 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

AP called it for Allen about 20 minutes ago.

JohnTant on June 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Allen wins Republican nomination.

Forbes, Goodlatte, and Cantor all win.

Perkins currently ahead in VA-11 by 26.

topdawg on June 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Joe Wilson wins in SC-2.

Andre Bauer currently ahead in SC-7.

topdawg on June 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

You can count on Nancy Pelosi to find ways for the Democrat to express his gratitude for her help, if he wins.

Vote for Republican Jesse Kelly!
http://www.votejessekelly.com/

wren on June 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Good comments and information Wren, thanks. I tried the other day to see what Wikipedia had and was surprised to find the following:

The page “Jesse Kelly” does not exist. You can ask for it to be created, but consider checking the search results below to see whether the topic is already covered.
For search help, please visit Help:Searching.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=Jesse+Kelly&button=&title=Special%3ASearch

I hope he does win. That deceptive ad by Pelosi wasn’t helpful. Kelly didn’t have a lot of time to counter it, let alone the money it takes. Nasty people.

bluefox on June 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

The Arizona polls just closed.

Here is a link where we should be able to watch the results of Jesse Kelly’s special election come in.

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AZ/37946/85081/en/summary.html

wren on June 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I hope he does win. That deceptive ad by Pelosi wasn’t helpful. Kelly didn’t have a lot of time to counter it, let alone the money it takes. Nasty people.

bluefox on June 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Thank you, bluefox.

I agree that there wasn’t a lot of time for Jesse Kelly to counter Pelosi’s deceptive ad for this election, but regardless of the results of tonight’s election, both candidates will be running against each other again in November.

So we should all be ready to spread the word about Pelosi’s disgraceful ad during during the next several months.

You’re right, it looks like a page hasn’t been created for Jesse Kelly on Wikipedia. I assume that will change if he becomes a member of Congress. In the meantime, you can find biographical information about Jesse Kelly at his campaign website:
http://www.votejessekelly.com/

My fingers are crossed hoping for a Jesse Kelly victory tonight!

wren on June 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I voted for Radke too if only to keep Allen honest in November.

NovaReady on June 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

AZ polls don’t close until 7pm. I’m in cd8.

Man, the local media played the Gabby thing to the hilt. It’s sickening. The town was plastered with mediscare signs as well. I have no clue which way it goes. The polling place was busier than last election.

Go Kelly! Barber is a jackass. I met him at the healthcare townhalls. Typical arrogant elitist progressive. But a chicken in a fair fight. Hence the nicknsme Col. Sanders.

wolly4321 on June 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Both Allen and Radtke stink on ice. But Allen has won with over 65% at this point. Voted for Bob Marshall who has been solid for years on no spending, gun rights, and smaller government. Too bad he didn’t run an effective campaign. Will not vote for Allen in November, even tho I hate Kaine. Big government, corrupt pubbie is not much different from big government dem.

sigh… we have another 6 months of listening to Macaca nonsense from WAPO now.

Firefly_76 on June 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

AZ polls don’t close until 7pm. I’m in cd8.

wolly4321 on June 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Thank you for the update, wolly!

I apologize for the bad info on the timing of the closing of the polls that I got on the radio.

I guess I will have to be patient for a bit longer to find out the results of this election.

wren on June 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

My fingers are crossed hoping for a Jesse Kelly victory tonight!

wren on June 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Just checking back in. I’m hoping too. I’ve seen a lot of nice ads for him on various websites. I know Mark Levin endorsed him and spoke highly of him several times.

Thanks

bluefox on June 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Voted for Kelly this morning. Apparently the Barber campaign went full panic mode this weekend and had Gabby Giffords in a campaign appearance with him at a local venue. The press was just falling all over themselves in a manner similar to that ditzy CBS reporter who gushed about the Japanese recycling their water bottles in the midst of the tsunami devastation. Or so I’ve heard; I don’t watch or listen to the local media except through our local talk show hosts. Pima county is stupid democrat and Tucson is even more stupid. The media is just pathetic and so biased that watching them is not worth the rise in blood pressure.

The thing is, that after this election, the new districts take effect for the November elections. CD8 gets split by the “non-partisan” [dirty word dirty word dirty word] re-districting commission, that, just coincidentally happened to be run by the same outfit that was a major consultant to the 2008 Obama campaign here in AZ. They made sure that no credible challenge to Grijalva can be mounted, that challenge by McClung, the young rocket scientist was just too close for their liking, so his district is now so solidly communist that there is no way in the world anyone with a grasp of reality will ever have a chance of winning.

Yes, Arizona has a Republican governor and Republican state houses, yet they still allowed this abomination of a patently false non-partisan redistricting commission set things up to where the state house will be more evenly split with the potential for falling to the democrats and making democrat districts even more democrat. The Arizona Republican party deserves the title “The Stupid Party”.

/no, I don’t have an opinion

AZfederalist on June 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

/no, I don’t have an opinion

AZfederalist on June 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

It’s a good thing, otherwise you would be severly Conservative:-)

bluefox on June 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM