Attorney General: Shapiro D: 2,987,172
Treasurer: Torsella D: 2,925,738
President: Trump R: 2.909,211
Auditor General: DePasquale D: 2,892,198
Senate: Toomey R: 2,889,669
President: Clinton D: 2,843,522
Attorney General: Rafferty R: 2,829,780
Senate: McGinty D: 2,792,526
Auditor General: Brown R: 2,610,596
Treasurer: Voit R: 2,553,854
Of the five Democrats on the statewide ballot in Pennsylvania this year McGinty finished dead last, nearly 200,000 votes behind Josh Shapiro. The second lowest Democratic vote tally went to Hillary Clinton who almost certainly far outspent Trump by a wide margin and probably spent as much as the entire Democratic field combined.. We frankly thought a ham sandwich could defeat Trump. Perhaps so, but apparently that same ham sandwich would have defeated Hillary Clinton.
Progressive Democrats who do not march in lock step with the machine do pretty well in Pennsylvania. Democrats shoved down their throats by that machine are often rejected by those same voters. One is tempted to believe that the Democrats would rather lose with candidates like Clinton and McGinty than win with candidates who are not so easy to control like Sanders and Sestak.
Nationwide, there are many other examples including Florida where the Leadership went all out to defeat progressive Alan Grayson with DINO Pat Murphy. Candidate Murphy won the primary and went down in flames to Marco Rubio, another Republican thought to be very vulnerable. In Indiana Chuck Schumer personally recruited Wall Street shill Evan Bayh in another race considered winnable. Bayh began his effort to recapture his old Senate seat with a double-digit lead in the polls and a fat campaign war chest. Millions in corporate and Democratic Party contributions followed. He lost last week by ten points.
Get the point? If control of the nomination process can be wrested from the likes of Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Leadership the Democratic Party will start winning a lot more elections. Better yet, let's cleanse the Democratic Leadership of people like Schumer who care only about what wealthy corporate contributors want.
The evidence is pretty clear that few Democrats vote a straight Party ballot these days. If they did, Hillary Clinton would have carried Pennsylvania by about 80,000 votes, and Katy McGinty would be the Senator-elect. Hillary might well have received a much larger pluralilty, because an unusual number of Republicans have defected rather than vote for Trump. But instead, Clinton and McGinty were the only two statewide Democratic losers. The other three Democrats won their respective races by comfortable margins.
The voters did not prevent the Democrats from keeping the White House and winning the Senate. The Democratic Party did.
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