Wow. The Sayre Team did a phenomenal job and Scott garnered 48% of the vote in yesterday's Republican Primary.
David took on Goliath ... and David put a pretty good ding in Goliath's armor. Four years ago Emmett Hanger won reelection 80%-20%. Not this time. We shouldn't even have placed in this race and, yet ... here we are.
I'm sad and disappointed Scott didn't win. But I am energized today -- man! -- what a showing! We shouldn't have been a threat. We had nothing ... except a great candidate and some energetic volunteers who wanted a change.
And we tapped into a huge group of local folks who said the same -- it was time for change. We had historical-high numbers of voters to turn out. Two years ago the Primary saw 2% turnout; this time we approached 20%.
The democratic process of politics in this Republic we love called America works. The little guy can go up against the big guy.
It was Scott and us ...
... against Emmett and the electeds, the USA Today/Gannett-owned local newspaper, the VEA, the PAC money out of Richmond, the last-minute blast email from "Vote for Emmett" to every state employee in the 24th District, the entrenched Country Club Republicans in Staunton, and DEMOCRATS were invited by Emmett to participate in the Republican process -- essentially, we went up against THE ESTABLISHMENT.
Scott was an unknown candidate before January. In six months he came from nowhere to within striking distance of winning the Republican nomination. We essentially fought the General Election in June ... and got 48% of the vote!
And, amazingly, for a newspaper to back THE ESTABLISHMENT vs the little guy amazes me.
Congratulations, Senator Hanger. The Republican leadership, as we publicly stated before the election, backs you as the Republican nominee for the General Election.
Thank you, Scott, for being an excellent candidate. You worked hard, you did everything you promised, and you never slowed down. You were always gracious in your thanks to us and, believe me, we truly appreciate it.
Dang! 48%!! I'm energized!
Now I'm heading out with Spank That Donkey to collect campaign signs and we'll debrief about the election.
I'll have more thoughts later.