But that’s not why Cruz won. The reason why Cruz won is because she mustered a strong ground game on Election Day to go along with an aggressive direct mail program designed to win support from early voters.
Yesterday, I toured each of the polling locations in House District 58 and the difference between Cruz’ effort and Pat Kemp’s effort was dramatic. Cruz had the signs, the sign-wavers, the poll greeters, the volunteers. While Kemp, for all of the talk about how strong her ground game would be because of her experience as chair of the county party, had a marginal presence at the eight or nine polling locations I visited. In fact, at one location, it wasn’t until two o’clock in the afternoon before a volunteer put out Kemp’s signs.
It can be the little things like that which determine whether a candidate wins or loses an election decided by 58 votes. Congratulations, Janet.
Correction: Yesterday, I wrote that Gil Sanchez was a Republican, when, in fact, he is quite the Democrat. I was so overwhelmed by how beautiful his wife is that I really didn’t care if he was a Democrat, Republican, Whig, whatever. My bad.