It’s official: we’re halfway through the primary season. With 28 state candidates decided, we have an idea of what Republicans can expect on November 8. And so far, it looks promising.
On Tuesday, a trend we’ve seen play out across the country continued: Republicans edged out Democrats at the primary polls. In Colorado, for example, unaffiliated voters drawing Republican ballots edged out Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin in the predominantly Hispanic county of Conejos. (RELATED: AMES: Biden Admin gropes in the dark as US wallets are looted)
The trend was seen statewide as they nominated businessman and underdog Joe O’Dea to be the GOP nominee for the Senate. And in New York, Republicans sent a clear message by appointing Lee Zeldin as governor: They are tired of the corruption and scandal of the Albany Democrats.
In Ohio, primary race attendance was an early indicator that the momentum is on our side. Buckeye State had the highest turnout ever in a midterm primary, and Republican voters outnumbered Democrats twice. A look at demographics makes this trend even more interesting: nearly three times as many Republican primary voters cast their first-time ballots than Democrats.
And they don’t vote for just any candidate either. They are throwing their support behind conservative fighters like U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance, who won the first six counties with new Republican voters. Once a swing state, Ohio is now solidly red.
A similar story unfolded in Georgia, where Democrats’ lies about the state’s new election integrity law crumbled before their eyes. For months they falsely claimed it was racist and insisted it would suppress minority participation. President Joe Biden called him “Jim Crow in the 21st century”. MLB even pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta, costing the community tens of millions of dollars and hurting minorities the most.
But on election day, the opposite of their predictions came true. More than 1.9 million Georgians voted in the state’s primary elections this year, up 65% from 2018. Many of them were minority voters: 102,056 more black voters voted early in the 2022 primary elections than in 2018, more than tripling.
Thanks to Georgia’s toughened voter identification laws, expanded early voting hours on weekends, better maintenance of voter lists and a ban on the collection of ballots, Georgians are convinced that their votes will be counted accurately and fairly. As a result, they show up.
Georgia also proved that the enthusiasm was on the side of the Republicans. Five times as many Hispanic voters voted for the GOP than in 2018. Nearly two and a half times as many black and Asian voters voted for the GOP this year. In fact, Republican candidates won 62% of all votes cast in the 2022 primary, compared to 38% for Democrats.
And earlier this month, Republican Mayra Flores flipped Texas’ 34th congressional district, making her the first Mexican-born U.S. congresswoman. Flores hails from what was the deep blue Rio Grande Valley, which is 84% Hispanic and a Democratic district won by 13% in 2020.
Flores’ victory pushes Democrats to blame what went wrong. But the reason is obvious. Their radical agenda is clearly out of step with South Texas values: strong families, protection of life, safe communities, and religious faith. The Democrats left them behind; now they are quitting the Democrats.
All of this worries Democrats, and for good reason. Voters they’ve long taken for granted are looking for a new political home, and they’re finding it in the GOP. While Democrats scoff at left-wing gender ideology and divisive racial propaganda, the Republican Party has worked hard to bring fresh ideas and positive vision to a new audience.
We hold the Democrats accountable for their destructive agenda, from skyrocketing gas and grocery prices to an uncontrollable border that lets in crime and deadly drugs. We are expanding our base because our ideas transcend all horizons.
Our message is resonating – and it is already showing at the ballot box.
Ronna McDaniel is the chair of the Republican National Committee.
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