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Post on Voting; Texas Gov-Elect Greg Abbott
Created by John Eipper on 11/18/14 4:58 AM

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on Voting; Texas Gov-Elect Greg Abbott (Randy Black, USA, 11/18/14 4:58 am)

I've sort of held back from the election discussion of early November to see who and how in WAIS might try to spin the results to somehow justify why the Democratic Party performed so poorly.

The discussion seemed say, "We really didn't lose because so few voted and if they had, it would have turned out differently."

Or words to that effect. It is what it is. You don't vote, you give the choice to your neighbor. It's been that way for hundreds of years.

I try to gently chide my wife to vote. I really don't care how she votes, but she's of the mind that "I didn't vote when I lived in the USSR because all the politicians were crooks. Why should I think that it's any different here? Why bother?" To some degree, she's got her point. By the way, I voted a split ticket.

When all the dust cleared in Texas, Republican Greg Abbott earned 2.77 million votes, which was about 950,000 more than Democrat Wendy Davis.

One of the key vote killers for Ms. Davis was getting caught lying on her resume. For instance, she claimed that as a young welfare mother, she'd put herself through law school. Neither claim was accurate.

Later, it seems to me that she came out as a "one-issue" candidate and sided with the President.

On the other hand, the winner, Greg Abbott may have appeared as a one-issue candidate too. Only, in his case, it was an anti-Obama position. Apparently, his position was stronger in Texas.

Plus, near the end and grasping at straws, when the polls said she was down to Abbott by a ton, Davis ran new TV commercials that criticized Abbott for the fact that he won a lawsuit as a young man after being disabled and restricted to a wheelchair for life due to an accident.

Personally, criticizing a person because they are wheelchair limited for life is not a great campaign tactic. Even other prominent Democrats turned on her. It turned out that the polls were spot-on.

On the Hispanic front, with many of the Democrats believing that they owned the Hispanic vote, according to the New York Times, Nov. 5: Texas, the state with the second-largest Hispanic population--17 percent of the electorate--governor-elect  Abbott, defeated the underdog campaign of Davis, winning 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, while Davis took 55 percent. Background: In 2010, Gov. Rick Perry, also a Republican, won his race with 38 percent of Latinos according to the NY Times.

Thus, it's clear that the Hispanics no longer flow like lemmings to a Democrat just because they are Democrats. Ditto in Georgia, where Republican Nathan Deal won the governorship by capturing 47 percent of the Hispanic voters.

Additional sources: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/11/05/texas-voter-turnout-down-compared-to-2010/

JE comments:  I somehow didn't know until now that Gov-Elect Abbott is a paraplegic.  According to Wikipedia, he was hit by an oak tree in 1984, while running after a storm.  That's about as freakish as freak accidents get.  I didn't follow the Texas gubernatorial race, but I wonder if Wendy Davis tried to profit politically from the fact that Abbott received a $10 million settlement ($14,000 per month), but then as Attorney General favored limiting medical lawsuits to double the actual economic damages plus $750,000.  If this was her strategy, it was not smart:  nobody likes people who pick on the handicapped.

My friends and family in Texas are all suffering from Rick Perry fatigue.  When Randy Black has the chance, I'd like to hear his thoughts on what to expect from the new governor.

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