What Six Underdog GOP Governor Candidates Who Won Have This in Common



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Six GOP candidates who were expected to lose had one thing in common.  All six won because of the common thread and not because of it.  These six written off several times and sometimes did tie their races in the polls.  It was on election night that things went terribly wrong for the democratic candidates.  These six ran ob platforms that liberals and the media said was sure failure.  Cutting taxes and the budget.

1)  Scott Walker Wisconsin is a perennial member of the candidates club.  He has now won 3 elections in four years.  His initial election, a recall election and this year’s reelection.  And each time he won by a bigger margin than the last time, 4,5 and 6%.  Walker has battled the public sector unions, especially the teacher’s unions.  he took a state mired in debt and turned huge deficits into a surplus.  Walker had promised during the campaign that he would use the surplus for tax relief. 

Mary Burke had promised to return to the preWalker Wisconsin of five years ago.  Despite leading in almost every poll, Burke last to Walker in easy fashion.  Bottom line is taxpayers said no to debt and no to new taxes.

2)  Sam Brownback, Kansas had already cut the budget and Taxes.  The media and the polls insisted he was behind and couldn’t win.  Yet, lo and behold he won too.  This is not such a big surprise since Kansas has always been a very red state, but the polls showed that both he and Pat Roberts was in deep trouble but both won reelection.  Roberts by 11 points.  The income tax was 6.45% when he first took office and is now 4.9% and in 2018 it will be reduced to 3.9%. 

3)  Charlie Baker, Massachusetts ran on the premise of cutting taxes and the budget also.  True, he did have the advantage of running against Martha Coakley who is one of the worst candidates in the country but in a state known as Taxachusetts, his message resonated with the voters and he roared back from 19 points down to win by a hair.

4)  Larry Hogan, Maryland was running his campaign against former governor, Martin O’Malley and his 40 new taxes in 8 years.  His opponent, Anthony Brown was Lt Governor during those eight years.  O’Malley even taxed the rain, believe it or not.  Hogan successfully tied the two together and became only the 2nd republican of Maryland in the last forty years.  Hogan was able to show the voters how the increased taxes had driven wealth out of the state placing a bigger burden on the middle class.  In a race that was supposed to be a laugher, Hogan not only won but he won easily by almost five points.

5)  Bruce Rauner, Illinois won a squeaker in another blue state victory for the republicans, their third.  Running against Pat Quinn that carried the added baggage of greatly increasing taxes in the state and who refused to say he wouldn’t again.  Rauner, a businessman ran on the premise that he could cut the waste in the budget and returning it to the taxpayers.  This could be a trend that could very well continue for years to come.  While the economy is in the toilet, it’s a disaster for the middle class, when they see tax increase on top of tax increase.  Again, the fiscally responsible candidate won.

6) Rick Snyder, Michigan knows very well that the only thing harder to do than to get elected as a republican is to get reelected as a republican.  But he never backed down from his message of fiscal responsibility and lower taxes.  He was rewarded with a second term.  Don’t expect to see any major tax cuts in the next couple of years, but that is largely due to the shambles the democrats had left the state and the city of Detroit in.

This is just another example that not only can conservative doctrines get you elected but it can get you elected in the bluest of blue states.

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Steven Ahle

Steven Ahle

Steven H Ahle is the editor of Red Statements and the 2014 JOTY winner. He is an accredited journalist, whose investigations led to the discovery that the AFL-CIO was using voter intimidation tactics in 2012. In 2013, he exposed the fact that Homeland Security was teaching local law enforcement to target Christians as terrorists in what became a national news story. Like my page on Facebook and never miss another story https://www.facebook.com/redstatements Follow me on Facebook to see all the articles I write for various sites https://www.facebook.com/stevenh.ahle

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