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Did Democratic plaintiffs have magical foresight?
The ballot this year is long and perhaps exhausting for a voter unfamiliar with the down-ballot races. (I relished every little bubble I filled in and took my sweet time doing it!) As we've seen, Trump is mainly interested in his ego, and the adulation of thousands at his rallies. He's relatively uninterested in anything outside that egotistic sphere, like educating the voters on races down-ballot. He's left all that field work to local Republican parties.
How have they done, those local Republican parties, at educating their base about the down-ballot races? Dunno, really, except what I could witness at the early voting site on the Appalachian State University campus. Watauga GOP Chair Anne Marie Yates and her small team of volunteers sporadically showed up among the students, didn't stay long usually, and handed out a long paper slip, printed both sides, headlined "CONSERVATIVE CHOICES."
Yeah, there's a winning pitch for the under-25 crowd!
The first four names on that Republican handout: Donald J. Trump, Richard Burr, Virginia Foxx, and Pat McCrory. From talking to students intensively over several days, I can tell you that even members of the Young Republicans on the ASU campus can't stand Donald J. Trump. Everybody else hates Virginia Foxx, and there is zero respect for Pat McCrory. (Nobody has an opinion about Richard Burr, which might work in his favor, another irony in a year full of them.)
That's not a list nor an electioneering ploy likely to persuade young people this year. "Conservative" means, first, anti-gay to young voters, and with good reason, and they're not trying to board that particular boat. "Conservative" also means hateful and stingy and uncharitable to young people, again for abundant reasons offered up daily by "conservative" talking heads and elected officials like Virginia Anne Foxx, who sneers at students with big loans to pay off. Charity? It ain't the first synonym that leaps to mind for conservative.
So I doubt that the Watauga GOP won many down-ballot votes on campus with that piece of educational material, even if they got a few Trump voters. The problem may be even greater if indeed there are a lot of non-traditional voters who show up next Tuesday to vote for Trump. They'll be showing up because they want to stuff a Molotov cocktail up the tailpipe of American politics. Will they also know much about the down-ballot races? Perhaps Anne Marie will greet all of them at the local polls and hand them each a "CONSERVATIVE CHOICES."
Straight-ticket voting would have helped the Republicans this year, but they maybe shot themselves in the foot getting rid of it.