As you pick yourself up off of the floor and kick aside a mug with a little green beer still at the bottom, here’s a warm serving of electoral news to help with the hangover.
Turnout: It looks like turnout in 2016 was about halfway between 2008 (62.2%) and 2012 (58.8%) at 60.2% of eligible voters. Then again, how would we know? New York City is still counting.
PA-Sen: Ah, crap. The Libertarians found a Senate candidate for 2018 in Pennsylvania. It’s not like Republicans had anything more than an outside chance at beating Sen. Bob Casey (D) anyway, but now it’ll be even harder.
UT-Sen/UT-03: Former Presidential candidate Egg McMuffin, err, Evan McMullin (I?) is thinking about primarying either Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) or Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) in 2018. He’d likely go down in flames to either incumbent, but he’s free to pick his own poison.
MT-AL: Roll Call points out that GA-06 is the only special House race where the Democrats are playing, and in so doing confirms that national Democrats are doing jack squat in Montana. Musician Rob Quist (D), their nominee there by convention, appears to be on his own.
MN-Gov: Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) has canned her long-expected gubernatorial bid. She was a big fish in a fairly crowded pond as far as Democratic hopefuls for Governor were concerned. The announcement should have some fallout both in front of and behind the scenes as allegiances shift.
MN-Gov Continued: …aaaannndd here it is! In the wake of Smith’s exit, Rep. Tim Walz (D) has now privately confirmed that he’s running for Governor. Word on Twitter is that he’s also secured the backing of Rep. Collin Peterson (D). If true, that would be significant. Only Rep. Rick Nolan (D), who is also a rumored gubernatorial candidate, would stand in Walz’s way as far as uniting outstate Democrats is concerned. Remember folks, this contest will likely be decided at a convention, so the dynamics are a bit different than nominating contests in other states.
NJ-Gov: SNL alum and radio host Joe Piscopo has quashed rumors that he’ll be running for Governor of New Jersey as a Republican. However, he still hasn’t ruled out a run as an Independent.
NJ-Gov Continued: In that same Republican primary, Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno and Assmb. Jack Ciattarelli are currently battling to get top placement on primary ballots in various counties. Ciattarelli got the top spot in Mercer County the other day. Guadagno countered by winning in Bergen. The fight continues, though Guadagno is favored.
VA-Gov: The Post got a bit dramatic with their headline on this one, but yes, the Virginia Governor’s race is important. In fact, it’s heating up, at least for the Democrats. Early on, it looked like Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) had the nomination locked up. Now the landscape looks different, with former Rep. Tom Perriello (D) gaining ground. In fact, Perriello was just endorsed by John Podesta. This is his second Clintonista endorsement, which is impressive for someone so long associated with Team Obama.
VA-Gov Continued: In other news about the race that always gets covered more than New Jersey’s because it’s across the river from DC, distillery owner Denver Riggleman (R) has dropped out of the Republican primary. Riggleman had sought to form an antiestablishment coalition of primary voters, but soon found that very few Republicans in Virginia are anti-Ed Gillespie. At least he’s smarter than Prince William County Executive Corey Stewart (R), who has yet to discover this and is therefore still running for the nomination.
OK-SD-44: Even Edwin Edwards admits that he couldn’t get out of this one. Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey (R) was literally found with a live boy in a motel room. Shortey had paid the 17-year-old for sex. Needless to say, a special election for this OKC district will be forthcoming.
PA-HD-197: In this latest chapter of our saga about residency requirements and adorably racist party bosses, yet another improbable thing has happened; a historically black newspaper wrote a puff piece about a Republican candidate. No, really. Click the link, I swear. The Philadelphia Tribune wrote a profile of special election candidate Lucinda Little (R), and it’s downright favorable. I still think she’ll lose to a write-in, but the way things are going, the stars are aligning for the unthinkable.
VA-HD-72: Del. Jimmie Massey (R) is retiring at the last minute. This is significant because his Henrico County district narrowly went for Clinton. It’s more Republican downballot, but could be competitive.
WATN: Former State Sen. Morgan Carroll (D), last seen losing a race for CO-06 to Rep. Mike Coffman (R), has been elected Chairwoman of the Colorado Democratic Party. That’s normal. What’s weird is that both her rhetoric and the article suggest that the state party is in a shambles. I’m not saying it’s breaking records for dominance, but I wouldn’t call a party that holds the governorship, half the legislature, 3/7 House seats, and a Senate seat one that needs rebuilding, either. That’s especially true when you consider the fact that the state has now voted Democratic in the last three presidential elections. What are they smoking? Oh, wait…
UK-LibDems: Liberal Democratic Leader Tim Farron is calling on all Tories who have Remain-voting constituencies to defect to his party or resign. He’s threatening to beat at the polls all who don’t stand aside or switch. Given that the Tories just had a poll come out putting them on 43% with a 17-point lead at a snap election, I don’t think he’ll have many takers. Then again, with only nine seats to his party’s name, he doesn’t have much to lose by swinging for the fences.