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The Only Fights That Matter Right Now

“…it is a bitter thing, indeed, to learn that an officer who has had nine years experience in the cavalry - the officer to whom I am surrendering command of this troop in two more days - should have so little grasp of leadership as to allow himself to be chivvied into a go at fisticuffs while 'Taps' still sounds over a brave man's grave! God help this troop when I'm gone.”

John Wayne as Captain Nathan Brittles in John Ford's 1949 movie "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon."

It is a bitter thing indeed that, in the aftermath of the massive Republican Party and conservative movement failures of the 2022 midterm election cycle, alleged “leaders” of the GOP and the Right are seemingly consumed more with finger-pointing and positioning themselves than they are with winning the as yet undecided elections.

In Georgia, the Senate run-off election between limited government constitutional conservative Republican Herschel Walker and Far Left Democrat incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

Warnock finished less than one percentage point ahead of Walker, falling just short of the 50 percent threshold required to avert a runoff, due in part, as the New York Times pointed out, to a Libertarian candidate who siphoned off about 2 percent of the vote.

Local Republican Party officials in Georgia grasp the crucial nature of this campaign, Jeff Jolly, the chairman of the local Republican Party in Grady County, near the Florida line, told the New York Times the party there was gearing up for several more weeks of pro-Walker events, phone banks and canvassing sessions. “Herschel’s history at the University of Georgia is going to help us get the vote out: You’ve got to go vote for Herschel. Herschel needs you,” said Mr. Jolly.

The campaign has been one of the most expensive in Georgia history, generating $195 million in radio and TV ads for the general election, with more – mostly negative – ads on the way.

Some Republican and conservative leaders get the importance of the Georgia runoff election. Our friend state Senator Joe Gruters, Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, is recruiting volunteers to help in Georgia.

Runoff elections are usually base-vote elections, in which the candidate whose party executes the best turnout campaign wins – meaning paid and volunteer efforts to get voters to vote after an enervating election season are crucial to victory.

Early voting must start by Nov. 28, although some counties may start sooner.

Early voting ends Dec. 2.

Voters can request absentee ballots now, although they won’t be mailed until Nov. 18. Mail-in ballots have to be received by the time the polls close Dec. 6.

Where are Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, Senate GOP “Leader” Mitch McConnell and the leaders of the big money national conservative organizations in the effort to win this race?

But the Georgia Senate election isn’t the only election whose results are still hanging.

Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system means determining a winner often takes longer than in most other states. Voters in this system rank the candidates in order from their first preference to their last.

Jared Gans of The Hill explained, a candidate must win a majority of first-place votes to win outright without the election going to a second round. If no one wins a majority, the candidate with the lowest number of first-place votes is eliminated, and their votes are redistributed to the remaining candidates according to their voters’ second preferences.

The process continues until one candidate wins a majority of the votes. Alaska adopted the ranked-choice system in 2020.

Since no one won a majority in Alaska’s Senate race, it will proceed to a second round to determine the winner.

RINO Mitch McConnell ally Sen. Lisa Murkowski and principled limited government constitutional conservative Republican Kelly Tshibaka are set to face off in the final round of the Senate race after no candidate won a majority of the votes in the first round.

Tshibaka had a small lead over Murkowski by about 1.4 percentage points with 80 percent of votes counted. As of Friday, Tshibaka won 44.2 percent of the vote and Murkowski won 42.8 percent.

However, Murkowski allies expect the ranked-choice system to ultimately benefit the incumbent and push her to the top in the final round.

Tshibaka, who served as the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration from 2019 to 2021, received the endorsement of the Alaska Republican Party and former President Trump. Murkowski is the candidate of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and has frequently been criticized for abandoning conservative principles to vote with Democrats.

Finally, there are more than 20 House seats still not officially called. There are also at least two Senate seats, Arizona and Nevada, that have been called for the Democrat, but which could and should be headed for a recount (and perhaps an election audit) given the closeness of the vote and the peculiarities of the margins in various post-Election Day ballot drops.

All of those campaigns need legal expertise and money to squeeze every legal vote out for the Republican. Any Republican or conservative “leader” who is spending their time and resources jockeying for position instead of actively engaging in winning the above battles is unworthy of our trust and should be rejected in a bid for a leadership position.

  • 2022 Elections

  • Control of Congress

  • Kelly Tshibaka

  • Lisa Murkowski

  • Herschel Walker

  • Rafael Warnock

  • Georgia Runoff

  • Alaska senate race

  • ranked-choice

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