David and Goliath Republican races favoring David
Economics professor David Brat’s walloping defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June 2014 ushered in one of the most stunning Republican primary election upsets in congressional history. Cantor, who spent lavishly — reportedly $5.7 million — on his campaign, was soundly defeated by the conservative who had hammered him for being insufficiently conservative — and raised just $231,000 doing so — the equivalent of congressional peanuts. Exposing Cantor’s amnesty for illegals mindset was a major component of Brat’s winning campaign. It helped that nationally known conservatives Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter were on board.
The stunning loss of the GOP squish who was widely perceived as the successor to former House Speaker John Boehner whetted our appetite for more of the same.
We see similarities in the Arizona U.S. Senate race where Dr. Kelli Ward, a solid conservative, is mounting a challenge to relentless amnesty and open borders promoting Republicrat John McCain (scroll down under link for “McCain at a Glance“) — who spends big bucks gifted by PACs and lobbyists as he disgracefully runs for a sixth six-year-term at age 80. Dr. Ward is a physician, military wife and mother of three, who has served two, two year terms in the state senate. She believes in actually securing the border, and has the support of Mark Levin, nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show and Levin TV host, who is editor-in-chief of Conservative Review. Breitbart News is also in her corner.
The same scenario is playing out with the surprising ascension of Donald Trump who is the last Republican standing after a brutal 17-candidate state-by-state vetting. Trump was the first candidate to address the illegal invasion elephant in the room, which other candidates either ignored or gave their full-throated approval. Trump’s vow to build a wall as a step in securing our sovereign nation, moved him to the front of the pack with an increasingly angry citizenry weary of being deceived by those who are supposed to represent us. The untrustworthy and double talking John McCain says the danged fence he promised to complete, is a waste of billions of dollars.
Current House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is “just not ready” to commit to Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is facing an unexpected challenge from conservative businessman Paul Nehlen, a first-time candidate who has traveled to all nine sectors of the southern border and is making border security a front and center issue. Conservative author and blogger Michelle Malkin is stumping for Nehlen. Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District primary is August 9th. It’s another race to watch closely.