We are weeks away from the most important election of our lifetime. If there was ever a time for working hard to achieve our goals, it’s now. There have been several races over the past few months that have been very good news for conservatives.
Last week, in the Kansas Primary election, a big deal happened! Kansas voters ousted 8 moderate, liberal Republicans with conservative Republicans. One of those replaced was President of the State Senate who had served in the Senate for twenty years. Many 25 plus year incumbents were sent home! Kansas, on a political map, is about as red as you can get, but when it came to voting, we were more purple than red. We were anything but conservative. Conservatives didn’t just squeak by in the primary, they won by 20 percentage points or more in many of the races. Voters are waking up to the fact that an ‘R’ after a name doesn’t mean conservative. The Tea Party spent the summer working hard in Kansas. We walked door to door with good, conservative candidates. We stuffed and delivered literature bags, and made phone calls. In the end, good old grassroots hard work paid off! What happened in Kansas should send shockwaves throughout the GOP. Candidates who call themselves Republican, yet choose to govern left of center should be very worried.
The Show Me The Chips program was very successful in helping many of these conservative Republicans win in the primary. Moving forward, Political CHIPS will be instrumental in identify true conservatives and educating voters.
A couple weeks earlier, a one time long-shot candidate, Tea Party aligned, Ted Cruz won the Republican runoff for a Texas Senate seat. Well funded and supported by the Republican machine, Dewhurst was not able to keep Cruz from pulling off an upset. Ted Cruz’s victory sent a loud message to Washington! Americans are ready to take their party back. Voters are saying NO to establishment selected candidates.
The recall elections in Wisconsin were almost treated like a national race. Conservatives from around the country donated money and time to counter the support of unions and big money. Governor Walker stood up to powerful interest groups and union money to do what was right for Wisconsin. American conservatives stood beside him. Many have said that the Wisconsin election was a peek at what could happen in the 2012 Presidential race. Wisconsin has traditionally been a Democratic battleground that easily went to Obama in 2008. I believe this recall election is a good sign that voters are waking up in Wisconsin.
These three examples show what can be done when true Conservatives fight for what is right. While all of these races have been hard fought battles, we must not forget that the war is still in front of us. Don’t become weary before we reach the finish line. Stay strong and fight!