Breaking: Sharice Davids Wins Her Primary!

… and I’m slap-happy, but at least now I can sleep soundly.

Davids, the winner of a six-way primary race, would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress if she prevails over U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, the incumbent Republican from Overland Park, in the general election.

She also would be the first openly LGBT person to represent Kansas at either the federal or state level.

Davids won Tuesday’s hotly contested and crowded Democratic primary by capturing 37 percent of the vote, edging out her closest competitor in Brent Welder, who received 34 percent, by 2,088 votes…

Yoder, who coasted through his primary contest on Tuesday, has won Kansas’ 3rd congressional district by double digits in every election going back to 2010.

But Democrats are optimistic about their chances in the suburban Kansas City district, which Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential race…

Among those in the crowd was Jeff Harris, a member of the Westwood City Council, who first met Davids two months ago.

“When I think about who I want representing me, I’m interested in someone who can set a goal and motivate themselves to achieve it,” Harris said. “The other reason I’m supporting her: You know, never say vote for someone just based on their characteristics or their identity, but that experience of being a woman dominated in a world by men, of being a lesbian, of being Native American, she has had to learn about how to navigate spaces where she didn’t have power, where she didn’t have control.”

He continued: “That takes a lot of motivation and fortitude. When I think about who I want representing me, it’s a person with that type of experience and that type of strength.”…

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84 replies
  1. 1

    So Agent of Chaos, didn’t succeed afterall.

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    Aleta says:


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    Baud says:

    Congrats to her.

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    MomSense says:


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    Baud says:

    @schrodingers_cat: In fairness, I have not heard of any Wilmer-endorsed candidate this year acting petulant after a loss. That’s the most important thing after a primary, regardless of who wins.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Fabulous news! She seems like a really great candidate.

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    Aleta says:

    @schrodingers_cat: The politician who keeps on giving … giving opportunities to be very angry at him, that is.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Fabulous breakthrough after centuries. May she win in Nov.

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    DemJayhawks says:

    On another note, the undervote in my county for the Republic gov nomination is about three times Kobach’s statewide winning margin (as it stands this morning).

    I’d almost like to ask those people how they couldn’t find a candidate to support among their four legit choices, but I suspect the answers would just be infuriating.

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    @Baud: That’s good but Agent of Chaos jumped the gun by running around endorsing candidates around the country without first winning her own seat.

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    tobi says:

    I just saw the news and I’m thrilled. The computer glitch in Johnson County has led Welder supporters to declare that there were election shenanigans. I hope he gives Davids a strong endorsement and does a unity rally with her. The district needs this to defeat the Republican incumbent.

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    Kay says:


    Undervoting is infuriating. We get it here for down-ticket Democrats. They come in, vote for the Democrat in the top race and leave the rest blank.

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    jacy says:

    Breaking news — NY GOP congressman Chris Collins just arrested by the FBI. Apparently he’s a staunch Trump defender……..

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    Aleta says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I thought you meant Sanders.

    Welder hasn’t made a statement yet. His last tweet was

    Brent Welder @BrentWelder
    12h12 hours ago
    Waiting for results to come in the same way I spend every election night: watching @TheYoungTurks election coverage with @CenkUygur and @JohnIadarola. #TYTlive

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    Elizabelle says:

    Wonderful news! You go, Sharice.

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    JPL says:

    NBC News: Rep. Christopher Collins of New York has been arrested and indicted on charges tied to securities fraud. He surrendered himself to the FBI this morning

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    @Aleta: His protege’, check the acronym. But your point about her mentor stands too.

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    Yutsano says:

    @jacy: Oh boy. Looks like insider trading charges.

    Of course my next thought is: can we grab his district now?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @jacy: Interesting. The entire item: CNBC: New York GOP Rep. Chris Collins arrested over insider trading charges

    Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., will be indicted by the Justice Department on insider trading charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday morning.

    The indictment obtained from a federal grand jury also charges Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, as well as the father of his fiancee, Stephen Zarsky.

    The indictment relates to “securities of Innate Immunotherapeutics … an Australian biotechnology company on whose board of directors Christopher Collins served,” the DOJ said.

    The defendants are accused of multiple counts of securities fraud, as well as one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count each of making false statements.

    This is developing news. Please check back for updates.

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    Tokyokie says:

    @Kay: Hey, I undervote all the time in general elections. I never vote a straight-party ticket; I’ll vote for a third-party candidate over a Republican in a race without a Democrat in the general. Libertarian, Green Party, La Raza Unida, doesn’t matter, I vote against as many Republicans as I can. And in the races in which a Republican is running unopposed, I won’t vote for anybody.

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    JPL says:

    NBC News: Rep. Christopher Collins of New York has been arrested and indicted on charges tied to securities fraud. He surrendered himself to the FBI this morning@jacy: Beat me to it. Trump and swamp are synonyms aren’t they.

    also, it remembered by nym

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Aleta: I don’t know anything about Welder at all, but the fact that he’s an avid Turks promoter and viewer makes me question his judgment. Another reason to be happy Davids won.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I’d like to see more and more prosecutions of corruption and self-dealing. Good to see it, DOJ. And all the state attorneys general.

    This has legs, and encourages voters and citizens.

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    jacy says:


    That was my first thought — haven’t had time to familiarize myself with it.

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    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: Wasn’t Tom Price connected to that also? Maybe I just take a short ride and see if there’s activity near his house.

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    Tokyokie says:

    @Elizabelle: Now if only Wilbur Ross would face similar charges …….

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    Did Kobach win his primary? If so that is really worrying, means that the nativist wing of Rs is on the ascendant.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Great news!

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Kobach up by 191 votes.

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    Kay says:


    “Undervote” is where Democrats vote for the top of the ticket in presidential and governor and senate races but leave everything below that blank. Republicans don’t do that. They vote every race.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Tokyokie: I think he will. Wilbur Ross is going down.

    @JPL: No idea re Tom Price. What has he been doing since he got booted from HHS?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I am so relieved.

    I was disappointed for her last night because I thought Sharice Davids had been done in by the Wilmerites.

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    Humdog says:

    @Elizabelle: So, if your insider trading tips got your fiancee’s dad arrested, as well as you, the groom, and the father of the groom, will the wedding still happen?

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    guachi says:

    I found the quote by Jeff Harris on why he supported Davis to be telling:

    But that experience of being a woman dominated in a world by men, of being a lesbian, of being Native American, she has had to learn about how to navigate spaces where she didn’t have power, where she didn’t have control. That takes a lot of motivation and fortitude. When I think about who I want representing me, it’s a person with that type of experience and that type of strength.

    This is a great way to counteract the “Identity Politics” police.

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    H.E.Wolf says:

    Hooray for Sharice Davids, and fingers crossed for a Democrat to win Collins’ seat in November.

    Thank you to all the jackals who are getting out the vote, staffing the polling places, and doing a myriad of other tasks. I can’t recall all the ‘nyms, to my embarrassment, but I am grateful to everyone who’s doing this.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    I’m glad Sharice won too. I don’t see how a Native Gay Female candidate – in f*cking Kansas, no less – wouldn’t be a progressive choice. But Wilmer moves in mysterious ways, I guess. Glad that Democratic Kansas voters chose otherwise. Now on to the general.

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    Aleta says:

    The Johnson Cty election results as updated are here

    Last I looked,
    Sharice Davids 18,391; 39.12% of total
    Brent Welder 13,059; 27.78 %
    Tom Niermann 7,680

    KSHB reported that at 8 am Davis was at 37% and Welder at 34%. (And that Kobach had won over current Gov. Jeff Colyer by less than 200 votes statewide.)

    From KSHB

    Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker said that each one of the 196 voting locations has a USB drive with voter data. The drives normally take second to upload, but tonight, each drive was taking more than a minute to upload, leading to long delays.

    JoCo election commission:
    1 encrypted USB drive for each of the 196 voting locations.
    Each one should take seconds to upload.
    Tonight, they are taking around one minute (or more). Multiple that by 196 and you get a LONG delay
    — Tom Dempsey (@KCTomDempsey)

    The county recently spent more than $10 million on 2,100 new voting machines. It’s unclear if Tuesday’s delay is connected to the new machines.

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    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: His wife is a state rep and running for reelection. It’s a safe seat, and even if he goes down with Collins, she would be tough to beat. I sent an email to a friend to see if she knows what is going on with Tom. He was involved in the same scam.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Humdog: Sounds like an episode of Law & Order. Or Better Call Saul. LOL.

    Intrigued by JPL’s suggestion that Tom Price might be involved … moar perps, please.

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    Aleta says:

    @Betty Cracker: I was more than a little shocked to see that tweet.

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    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: Price was grilled on it during confirmation. Here is one article

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    Platonailedit says:

    For years, US evangelicals have cultivated ties with Russia, including a 2015 meeting with Franklin Graham and Putin in Russia.

    Those ties are now under scrutiny following reports that Mariia Butina was attempting to exploit the National Prayer Breakfast.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 8, 2018

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    jimmiraybob says:

    Meanwhile, practically next door…

    STL Post Dispatch – “Robert McCulloch’s 28-year run as St. Louis County’s elected prosecutor came to a stunning end Tuesday when he was upset by a Ferguson councilman who promised to reform the criminal justice system.”

    It was McCulloch and his grand jury that did not bring charges against officer Darren Wilson who shot Michael Brown in the back, sparking many nights of civil unrest in Ferguson.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Baud: That’s great, and those candidates are better than he is.
    I was at campaign HQ for our US Senator Maria Cantwell and Congressperson Suzan DelBene last night and I heard some loudmouth braying that HE HAD RUN AGAINST SENATOR PATTY MURRAY. He was a youngish guy so I am wondering about him, who he was on that ballot in 2016; she was the incumbent and four Democrat men ran against her in the primary. I’m kind of annoyed by that.

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    jimmiraybob says:


    Also too:

    NY Post – “Also charged* were his son Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron Collins’ fiancée.”

    * In addition to GOP Rep. Chris Collins of New York. Keeping the crime in the familia is apparently all the rage amongst trumpers.

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    Aleta says:

    @jimmiraybob: I’m SO glad for his defeat. May he have many more if he ever runs for anything again.

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    lurker dean says:

    native american deb haaland won her primary in june so she will also be another potential native american woman in congress in november!

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    tobie says:

    Dyed in the wool liberal women (Davids, Whitmer) did very well last night. Right to work was thrashed in Missouri, Ferguson is going to have a new AG, and we almost did it in OH-12. Good night all around.

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    Baud says:

    @Aleta: Right. Apart from the fact that he likes TYT, what an odd thing to tweet. A form of virtue signaling, I guess.

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    tobie says:

    @jimmiraybob: This is justice too late but it is justice.

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    Aleta says:

    And then there’s Wilbur Ross.
    Forbes: A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been quietly making its way through the New York State court system over the last three years, pitting a private equity manager named David Storper against his former boss: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The pair worked side by side for more than a decade, eventually at the firm, WL Ross & Co.—where, Storper later alleged, Ross stole his interests in a private equity fund, transferred them to himself, then tried to cover it up with bogus paperwork. Two weeks ago, just before the start of a trial with $4 million on the line, Ross and Storper agreed to a confidential settlement, whose existence has never been reported and whose terms remain secret.
    Two former WL Ross colleagues remember the commerce secretary taking handfuls of Sweet’N Low packets from a nearby restaurant, so he didn’t have to go out and buy some for himself. One says workers at his house in the Hamptons used to call the office, claiming Ross had not paid them for their work. Another two people said Ross once pledged $1 million to a charity, then never paid. …

    There are bigger allegations. Over several months, in speaking with 21 people who know Ross, Forbes uncovered a pattern: Many of those who worked directly with him claim that Ross wrongly siphoned or outright stole a few million here and a few million there….,These allegations—which sparked lawsuits, reimbursements and an SEC fine—come to more than $120 million. If even half of the accusations are legitimate, the current United States secretary of commerce could rank among the biggest grifters in American history.

    “The SEC has never initiated any enforcement action against me,” Ross said in a statement, failing to mention the $2.3 million fine it levied against his firm in 2016. …

    Those who’ve done business with Ross generally tell a consistent story, of a man obsessed with money and untethered to facts. “He’ll push the edge of truthfulness and use whatever power he has to grab assets,” says New York financier Asher Edelman. One of Ross’ former colleagues is more direct: “He’s a pathological liar.”

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Aleta: Thanks. I’d not seen that Forbes article. Will check it out.

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    bjacques says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Fun fact: The original Agent Of Chaos was named Boris Johnson!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    There’s also this:

    Back in February of 2018, Rashida Tlaib, daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents, a native of Detroit, Michigan, announced her campaign in running for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. As of this morning, the results are in, and Tlaib has successfully won the election, making her set to become not only the first Muslim woman but the first Arab-American Muslim and first Palestinian woman to serve in the United States Congress. She’s a modern, dynamic, young progressive ready to bring some change through the Democratic party.

    In a statement to Arab America this morning, Tlaib stated,

    “The 13th congressional district is diverse and strong. They wanted a fighter and just got one. To those who see me in them, who see their beautiful Arabness, this historic win shows you that our country is so much better than what you have experienced recently. What a powerful message our campaign’s success represents.”

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Kinda sorta OT, but I was driving to work after my doctor’s appt and had BBC World Service on the radio, when they interviewed our old friend Frank Luntz about the OH special. The interviewer sort of made a point of calling attention to the GOP (apparent) victory, but, to his credit, Frank was having none of that. He said this is very bad news for Republicans, who should have taken that race by 8-12 points.

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    Gretchen says:

    @tobi: What was the computer glitch? I didn’t hear about that. I was excited to vote for Sharice. I don’t need to be mad about Bernie coming any more.
    This was the first time my voting machine had a paper trail.
    Stupid Greg Orman should quit his third-party bid for governor. But he has to get his signatures verified to get on the ballot by – Secretary of State Kris Kobach! If it was possible for Kobach to rig the vote to win, he’d o it.

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    Aleta says:

    @Baud: Using that moment to promote a network or show–seems strange for any independent-minded candidate. It’s more like T does for Fox. It also seems untrue, since of course they’d be following other coverage. Weird choice of timing to do that. Unless someone asked him to.

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    Manyakitty says:

    @zhena gogolia: What am I missing about Ilhan Omar? Doesn’t she count?

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    rikyrah says:




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    Aleta says:

    @Aleta: s.b. “they’d be following other coverage as well”

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    zhena gogolia says:


    She’s Somali, so not Arab-American, I guess.

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    DemJayhawks says:

    @Gretchen: The votes are moved from each precinct to the central office on an encrypted USB drive. There are nearly 200 precincts. It supposedly took “seconds” during testing to move the vote data to each drive. In production, last night/this morning, it supposedly took several minutes for each drive. How no one thought of this problem in advance is beyond me.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Berners have already decided that there was election fraud, because it’s impossible that people preferred Davids to their candidate. Funding from Emily’s List is now corporate money, don’t’cha know. 🙄

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    Kathleen says:

    @tobi: Election shennagians is right out of the Slanders playbook.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Mnemosyne: They are just such a tedious bunch of one-way monkeys.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    All I gotta say on the subject of this post is:


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    Manyakitty says:

    @zhena gogolia: Okay, that makes sense.

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    maryQ says:

    I’m delighted. But, is it bad that that my delight is only partially about Davids, who I think is awesome and to whom I’ve given some (out of state) money, and also partially about how Comrade Senile and Westchester Barbie’s candidates are 0-3 last night?

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    tobie says:

    @zhena gogolia: I think Rashida Tlaib was the only DSA-style candidate who won last night. I don’t like that she refers to elected Democratic leaders as “corporate Dems” and that she’s railed against Nancy Pelosi, but it’s good to have more Muslim Americans, and especially Muslim American women, in Congress as an counter to Trump’s anti-Muslim policies. Ironically it was the fact that she ran against the Democratic Party and Pelosi that got her so much national coverage and probably pushed her over the edge in a tight race. Does anyone here even know what her opponent Brenda Jones looks like? I have no clue.

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    tobie says:

    @Gretchen: The delay in reporting what happened in Johnson County has raised questions, I gather. Can’t believe that the Secretary of State responsible for this mess has become the Republican candidate for governor!

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    Brachiator says:

    I had not been looking at the primary results until this morning. Sharice Davids win is great news.


    Berners have already decided that there was election fraud, because it’s impossible that people preferred Davids to their candidate.

    Really? Jesus.

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    L85NJGT says:


    Seconds = I was fucking around on my phone and didn’t notice how long it took.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Tiresome, isn’t it?

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Aleta: taking direction from Cenk should be disqualifying.

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    Captain C says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: She doesn’t constantly utter the shibboleths that the Wilmer Purity People require on an hourly basis.

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    ruemara says:

    @Baud: Welder didn’t endorse his opponent after his loss. It’s not a huge thing, but it’s a thing.
    @Kay: This is what pisses me off the most about the left, Dems et al. FUCKING VOTE FOR THE ENTIRE TICKET. SEATS ARE IMPORTANT.

    @Mnemosyne: Just got done tweaking a berner yapping this argument. I told people asking last night who said we’ll see if tomorrow they claim fraud, it would only take about 2 hrs. I knew it.

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    Bob Smith says:

    Because you are lazy and didn’t bother to go to her actual website and she her policy positions.@O. Felix Culpa:

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    giantslor says:

    I was torn between Welder and Davids right up to the moment I voted, and I finally decided to roll the dice for Welder. But I’m happy that Davids won. I think she can turn out both moderates and progressives to beat Yoder in November.

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    giantslor says:

    @tobie: Kobach hasn’t won yet. There are still provisional ballots to count, and there will be a recount regardless.

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    jl says:

    @giantslor: I think both Davids and Welder would be very good candidates. I defer to local people to make the best decision and with races so close, silly to use them as an excuse to keep the HRC/BS feud going. I’m with Cracker that the feud needs to become history.. I’ll contribute to Davids.

    @giantslor: Seems to me that is the real story. Kobach returns start to go south and suddenly the one county with returns outstanding that can make a difference goes wonky. And I just saw a news story that a Kobach crony was in charge of the county’s elections. Local news story pointed that out, so seems like funny coincidence got some attention and I hope there is follow-up. I’m very reluctant to think politicians would resort to outright criminality in elections, but Kobach is one of the few people who are an exception. I wouldn’t be that surprised if there were meddling, and hope there is a thorough investigation. (Ha ha, Kobach runs elections in that state).

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    rikyrah says:


    Brenda Jones?

    I bet Black woman.

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    jimmiraybob says:

    @Miss Bianca:


    WOOT! Indeed!!

    (Haven’t seen a WOOT! in a while)

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