Color me surprised. Wimmer had piled up endorsements from the Club for Growth, GOA, Mike Lee, Ken Blackwell. I was expecting a primary.
Love must have good charisma.
In a recent poll she was just 3 points behind Matheson. This is one race where Romney is actually helpful. Time to put Matheson away.
Meanwhile Liljenquist forces old man Hatch into a primary.
There was a hilarious article I think it WA Post “How Hatch Beat Back a Tea Party Challenge” then it was changed to “How Hatch (Almost) Beat Back a Tea Party Challenge” after it was clear Hatch was in fact just short of 60%.
Liljenquist has been saying though that we won’t win the Senate, this in order to counter Hatch crowing about how he’d be a committee chair. He’s needs to lose that lousy tactic, that’s loser talk. Hatch is a lot tougher than the hapless Bennett.
Also the open 2nd district seat which featured a huge number of hopefuls saw Author and Air Force vet Chris Stewart win the nomination outright over a former State House Speaker.
There was some talk of hanky panky that sounds bogus to me.
I endorsed her in the primary, if only because she seemed capable enough as a Mayor and would instantly become a national figure (nothing against Wimmer). Apparently the convention-goers agreed, as that was a pretty spectacular win. Also, it didn’t help that Attorney-General Shurtleff made some comments in his speech supporting Wimmer not to vote for a “novelty” (Love). That alone outraged the crowd.
Anyway, Matheson will have his hands full in the general, and if she pulls it off, Allen West will have his first solid reinforcement. Building a solid and respectable Black GOP caucus will go a long way in beginning to break through the psychological barrier that remains with Black voters. I’m not expecting us to get to a majority anytime soon, but if seeing more and more Blacks holding office as Republicans causes minds and hearts to be changed, getting to 25% or 30% of their vote will have enormous ramifications.