Opinion| Steven Ahle| Then there were none…
The Democrats on the city council in Staunton, Virginia outnumbered Republicans 3 to 1. As of now, Republicans lead 4 to 0 after a humiliating defeat in a city where Barack Obama won- twice.
The media is trying to convince us that the voters are blaming Republicans for our current crisis, but for some strange reason, Republicans keep scoring upsets. What’s even more amazing is the fact that all three Democrats have more than doubled their votes from the previous election.
No doubt due to the miracle of mail-in balloting, they were able to amass what should have been plenty of votes to win and turn it into three losses. So, who are the voters blaming, again?
The Democrats have enforced lockdowns to the extreme, badly damaging the economy and small business owners in the process. Add to that the draconian gun laws they have passed, and it becomes a perfect storm against Democrats.
Augusta Free Press reporter Chris Graham wrote:
“Democrats got their voters out better than they have in a May cycle in years. Republicans got turnout more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial.”
Incumbent city council member Andrea Oakes reportedly received around the number compiled in the city by Ed Gillespie in 2017 and Ken Cuccinelli in 2013, striking for a local election and indicative of a huge turnout from GOP voters.
“Bottom line is that the strategies worked, flipping both from D to R, but the change in Staunton is stunning almost beyond words,” Graham opined. “A city that voted for Barack Obama, twice, voted for Hillary Clinton, voted for Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, even gave a solid majority to Jennifer Lewis in her 2018 congressional run against Ben Cline, is now controlled by Republicans.”