Playing the voters for fools backfires
As the primary election vote tallies came in last night, the irrelevancy of the newspaper’s endorsements stood in stark contrast to the realities of the voter’s ballots. And we saw that relying on unscrupulous consultants to sully the good name of citizen legislators has backfired in at least a couple of races.
Once again, the Republic’s recommendations took a nose dive in district after district.
We present a sampling featuring races we’ve been watching:
Congressional District 5: The paper endorsed Jim Ogsbury. David Schweikert carried the day, and will take on Harry Mitchell in November. Susan Bitter-Smith’s bitter campaign style did her no favors.
District 1 Senate: Rep. Tom O’Halleran unseated by challenger Steve Pierce.
District 6 House: The duo of Rep. Sam Crump and Carl Seel easily beat truth-impaired Tony Bouie.
District 12 House: Incumbent legislator Robert Blendu was trounced by newcomer Steve Montenegro much to the chagrin of the daily which pushed Blendu.
District 18 Senate: Although the newspaper took potshots at Rep. Russell Pearce at every opportunity, the popular Pearce made quick work of his challenger, Kevin Gibbons by an over 2 – 1 margin.
District 20 House: Endorsed were Rep. John McComish and Andy Swann. Jeff Dial will be running with incumbent John McComish.
District 26 House: Al Melvin upset incumbent Pete Hershberger, who acted like a Democrat one too many times for the Republicans of the district.
Election results in the Congressional, state, county and jurisdictional races are available through the County Recorder’s office, and can be seen here.
The Secretary of State provides the results in a different format, accessible here.
Interestingly, all but one of the plaintiffs in the Clean Elections lawsuit lost their elections. Only Nancy McLain (R-Dist 3) survived. It will be intriguing to see how that plays out.