Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Palin Is The Biggest Biggest Winner Of New Jersey Senate Election

  • Lonegan won a higher share of the major candidate vote than Christie in 2009 in 7 counties: Salem (58.9% vs. 48.2%), Cumberland (48.5% vs 42.5%), Cape May (59.5% vs. 55.1%), Warren (65.6% vs. 63.3%), Gloucester (49.6% vs. 47.6%), Sussex (65.8% vs. 64.6%) and Atlantic (49.3% vs. 49.1%).

Here are the Real Clear Politics polls for the New Jersey senatorial election from the day that Governor Palin announced her support for Lonegan October 2nd.
(Update; Post election Facebook notice from Governor Palin at end of this article)

And here are the polls on election day October 16th

The sharp upward movement for Lonegan is obvious and the average against him went from 17.5 to 13.8
The last Rutgers poll had Booker winning by 22 and Quinnipiac had him up by 14.

The election result on the night was Booker by only 10.3 Lonegan did a lot better than imagined in a very blue state. He won 10 counties, more counties than Romney did and by wide margins. including a couple that were won by Obama in 2012.

And rememberLast NJ Senate race: Menendez won by 19.5%. President Obama carried the state by just under 18 points over "moderate"Romney.

But above and beyond the indisputably positive effect Governor Palin's endorsement had on the Lonegan campaign-not only in lifting his poll support, finances and activist support there was her heroic, self-negating dedication to her beliefs in what was, at all times, a very long shot campaign.

"Democrats outnumber Republicans in New Jersey by about 700,000 voters"
"New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the Senate since Clifford Case in 1972."
“We are being outspent 12-to-1"

To quote from C4P "There's no one in the State who has his back; he's just twisting in the wind in a very blue,blue State. Gov. Palin showed a lot of courage endorsing him. A typical weasel politician would have calculated the odds and stayed away. If he loses she will be blamed in the sense that the Rovians will try to say that it's an example of her being "irrelevant". 

The truth is, it shows that she puts principle above self, principle above political odds. She's willing to use her influence even for someone who may be a long shot because with her it's about principle."

Lonegan was a very long shot and Governor Palin knew she will be attacked, if he lost, as a "kiss of death" endorser (which is a lie of course given her outstanding record) but for her all that matters is that she does what she believes in.

That is absolutely correct. Lonegan was, at one stage, 35 points behind the Dem's high flyer Cory Booker and it was noticeable that Governor Christie has given Lonegan the most perfunctory of support. It was at that Palin moment, at great political risk, gave not only her endorsement but flew all the way from Alaska to headline a mass rally.

That there was such a huge turnout gave the lie to Palin's detractors who said she is irrelevant and only appears in public for money making speeches. Campaigning for a very long shot, who was written off by all the commentators, can be chalked up as one of Governor Palin's greatest triumphs-no matter the election result.

What Palin has shown by her huge effort for Lonegan is that she puts her beliefs above any personal consideration whatsoever.There is no personal benefit, in the politcal sense, that can be ascribed to Palin's support of Lonegan. But the sense of gratitude from her supporters for the ongoing and in this case huge reinforcement of their belief in her ethics and selflessness is immense.

Palin proved, yet again, that her brand of "country first' is almost unique. It is inspiring and she deserves all kudo's
for being a beacon of hope and truth in a political desert.

Governor Palin posted on her Facebook page the following support of the Lonegan team post election.

Sarah Palin · 3,838,430 like this.
9 minutes ago · 

  • Todd and I were proud to stand with Mark Levin and other bold, patriotic warriors in support of Steve Lonegan in the New Jersey Senate race! Mayor Lonegan fought the good fight, and he and his supporters have not “finished the race,” they’ve just begun! The press has now called the race for Barack Obama’s celebrity stand-in, Cory Booker, but rest assured that Steve fought gallantly for every vote that would have led to American solvency and exceptionalism. Steve is a lucky guy to have a strong New Jersey wife and two great daughters who supported him through this campaign. We so enjoyed getting to know them, as their passion and love for this country inspired us. Looking at Steve’s life story should remind all of us to never be afraid to climb a mountain, no matter how high. Steve energized commonsense conservatives all across the country. And though it’s sad, it’s not surprising to see the far left lapdog media finally cover this race tonight (once their chosen one was deemed the victor, but not previously when voters deserved to hear of Lonegan’s successful small-government record and intentions to defend our republic).

    Tonight’s press coverage of the status quo antics in Washington, D.C. energize us further. Tonight’s New Jersey race was a win for Barack Obama, and the Senate deal in D.C. was a loss for the American people replete with more back-room deals, billion dollar corrupt earmark kickbacks, and weak leadership unwilling to stand up for the people who sent them to Washington. What happened in D.C. tonight reminds us of how hard we must fight in 2014 to return to a government of the people, by the people, for the people. These politicians work for us, and yet a new poll accurately reflects that just 13% of us feel as though this country that we love is on the right track. The way forward is to elect leaders who will listen to us; and if they don’t, we must hold them accountable on election day – no matter what party. Let’s commit to continue to be in the trenches fighting for those who stand on principle over politics, despite the odds.

    Friends, do not be discouraged by the shenanigans of D.C.’s permanent political class today. Be energized. We’re going to shake things up in 2014. Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi – from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We’ve only just begun to fight.