Heading off a down ticket disaster

I saw prior to Indiana’s primary that the odds of the Republican Party being able to hold on to the Senate had already dipped below 50% (I think it was on CNN.com, but I can’t remember). Given the results from last night, I’m going to venture to say our down ticket odds just got worse.

Thirty-four Senate seats are up for reelection in November — 24 of those are currently held by Republicans — and not all of those Republicans are in solid Red States. Of course, all 535 House seats are up for reelection as well. I urge those who cannot bring themselves to vote for either the Democrat nominee or the Democrat poised to be the Republican nominee, please do not sit out the election. Too many down ticket races are at stake.

Donald Trump secured many of the victories he did because Independents and Democrats were permitted to participate in the Republican nominating process in far too many states (something I believe the RNC needs to work to correct). I think it is fair to say that a large segment of those non-Republican voters will no doubt be voting down ticket for the Democrats in November. I also suspect many of those who voted for Trump in the primaries will vote for the Democrat nominee in the General Election. But even if some of those actually do what Trump claims and vote for him in November, I can pretty much guarantee you that they will not be voting down ticket Republican. They do not care about the Republican majorities in the House or Senate. They are not committed to preserving these majorities. For them this race is solely about celebrity Trump.

If people from the #NeverTrump contingent sit out this election, not only will we lack a strong, principled Republican in the White House, we stand a very good chance of losing all of the gains we made in the House, the Senate, and in state legislatures and governorships as well.

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Now, I’m not telling you to suck it up and vote for Trump. I know many of you cannot in good conscience vote for this man under any circumstances. But please do not sit home and skip voting entirely. We only hold an eight seat majority in the Senate. With twenty-four Republican seats up, it will not be difficult for the Democrats to reclaim a majority. They only need to win back five seats of those twenty-four.

In March, The Hill projected that ten of those contested seats that will most likely flip in November. Eight of those ten currently belong to Republicans. If the Hill is right, the Democrat Party will no doubt regain control of the Senate. Sitting out the election will all but guarantee that vital Republican votes will not be there in November — especially in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, New Hampshire, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The truth is, we got a little peek into how the Democrats running down ticket plan to use Donald Trump to their advantage with this ad by Democrat Conner Eldridge who is running against Arkansas Republican Senator John Boozman:


I get the frustration with the Republican Party. I do. We have been betrayed time and time again. First by John Boehner, then Mitch McConnell and now with the all but certain nomination of the New York Democrat Donald Trump. It’s hard to want to continue the fight when so many within the Republican Party are lined up to destroy the grassroots conservative base.

But if we lose the Senate to the Democrats, if we see the majority in the House dwindle, it will be 2009 all over again — no matter which Democrat wins the White House. Staying home on election day in November would be an unconditional surrender to the Left. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to surrender what we conservatives have fought too long and too hard to gain.

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6 thoughts on “Heading off a down ticket disaster

  • May 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Dianny, time to take down the Cruz t-shirts! Get on the Trump train, or give it to Hillary.

    In all likelihood, Trump has already given it to Hillary. Isn’t it sad that the very best argument for Trump is that he isn’t Hillary? What I wouldn’t give for a Republican nominee who had some positive qualities his supporters could crow about. Ah, well. I guess that ship has sailed. — Dianny

    • May 4, 2016 at 11:56 am

      yes, it is sad, but unfortunately true

  • May 4, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Hey Gary, the National Enquirer (Trump’s go-to news source) is going to publish a front page story that Trump will accept Hillary’s VP invitation. It’s gonna be YUUUGGE!

    • May 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      I plan on voting for whoever the Constitution party puts up, then voting for conservatives down ticket.

      I have never voted for a liberal democrat and I ain’t gonna start now.
      Even if he does call himself a republican.

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