A classic (no-longer PC) cliche was that ‘it’s not over until the fat lady sings’, and for some radical Democrats in our state, you can hear her clearing her throat.
The third day of ballot counting showed that the socialist ideas of the radical left don’t sell very well the further you get from CHAZ. Washington State is not Seattle – thankfully – and what the Democrats think might work in the liberal dystopia envisioned by Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and her acolytes doesn’t work anywhere else in the Evergreen State.
Up in Island County’s 10th Legislative District, Republican Senator Ron Muzzall has pulled ahead of his Democrat opponent, Helen Price Johnson, after trailing her by over 1,300 votes election night. In the legislative races in the 10th, where House Republican candidates were further behind than was Sen. Muzzall, both have since significantly closed the gap, with Greg Gilday now within 400 votes in an open seat race, where if trends continue, he, at least, could pull ahead.
Republicans are not the direct beneficiary of vote changes in 5th Legislative District, where early returns had incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Mullet trailing against big money (but unqualified) “progressive” Democrat Ingrid Anderson, by half a percent. After two more days of counting, Mullet now leads in the race by a ‘wafer thin’ margin of 18 votes, and the momentum appears to be all in his direction.
Republicans were cementing their takeover in Southwest Washington, where 19th District Democrats Senator Dean Takko and Representative Brian Blake both trail their races to newcomers, Republicans Jeff Wilson and Marianna Emerson, respectively. The 19th Legislative District has been trending Republican over the last few years, after decades as a union Democrat stronghold. Seems that finally the voters there have realized the Democrats just don’t like rural voters that much anymore.
With Congress also moving slightly back towards the political center – with Republicans projected to gain seats in the U.S. House and keep their majority in the Senate – it’s clear the extreme Democrat economic and social policies are not resonating with a majority of American voters. If Democrats continue to attempt to normalize radical ideas like ‘Defunding the Police’, it’s going to be a long road back to rationality.
Washington appears to slowly be waking up to the radical split in the Democrat Party, and the extremists’ plans to move the state far to the left. Voters spoke clearly Election Night and demonstrated that they don’t want to see Seattle-style politics and policies spread to the rest of the state.
But that does not mean the fight is over, as the well-funded Left is already preparing their legislators for a “secret session” in January, where your wallet is not only on the table, it’s the main course.