Local Campaigns Look to What Swayed Vote to Republicans
Local republican and democratic party leaders look at the election outcome to see what swayed the vote.
In both Missouri and Kansas fifty-seven percent of the vote went for Donald Trump. In Missouri, republican candidates got a clean sweep. And they say they may have gotten help from democrats who jumped ship.
Local republicans are closing down campaign headquarters with a win they didn’t get on their own.
Jimmy Morris, executive director of the Jasper County Republicans said, ” I felt like the republican base was more energized then we were four years ago, for sure. But I think some of it was folks switching over and saying the democratic party and Hillary Clinton doesn’t represent me.”
Democrats hoped to put a woman in office on the state level too. But, organizers admit some voted split ticket casting ballots for Chris Koster and Jason Kander and not Clinton.
“Not necessarily that they were voting for Donald Trump, said 7 th congressional District Democrats Chairman Krista Stark, “In some cases, they just weren’t voting in that race and in some cases they were voting for a third party.”
Some switched during the primary but it made liars out of pollsters.
Stark said, “For some reason, people went into the voting booth and either voted for a different person than they told pollsters they were going to vote for, or these people were never asked.”
Republicans didn’t rely on the fact that the area is staunchly republican and they did work up until the last day trying to convince voters to get out and vote republican motivating that base which did make a difference statewide.
Chris Yaudas, a volunteer said, “We know that Jasper/Newton county in particular have to outperform to kind of counteract some of the votes that come from Kansas City and St. Louis which are more liberal.”
Republicans passed their goal of thirty thousand votes to give them the needed margin of net votes over democrats statewide.
A nd so did local democrats.
Stark said, “Our goal is thirty-eight percent in Jasper County.”
Stark said democrats saw a higher percentage of voting in the senatorial race which she attributes to Jason Kander being a good candidate and a more contested race.
Both believe the bigger cities didn’t deliver. Morris said, “They weren’t as blue as they usually are. We were winning votes where we weren’t expecting to win votes.”
Jim West, president of the NAACP believes African American voters turned out locally but that may not be true nationally. And he said
“Maybe they wanted change.” His reaction to the election.
“The people have spoken. We need to accept that and go on,” said West.
Yaudas added, “And for those that were on the winning side, we need not to gloat and rub it in because ultimately we’re all Americans and we need to all work together.”