Living in Texas, I’ve followed - with obvious interest - the reporting regarding the recent fundraising totals in the gubernatorial race. The good news for Wendy Davis: she’s been raising money. The bad news for Davis: it appears she’s overstated how much she raised (Source).
The campaign originally claimed they had $13.1 million cash on hand, but it’s more like $12.8 million. The reason for the drop was Battleground Texas’ numbers (which Davis’ camp is apparently including in their total).
Aside from the discrepancy in claims versus the actual amount on hand, the real problem lies in the fact that she has $500,000 in in-kind contributions, including a $250,000 in-kind for a Willie Nelson concert.
Why is that a problem? Well, because she’s at a 3-1 cash on hand disadvantage, and the in-kind concert isn’t going to help you going to stay up on statewide tv and radio or help you do much of anything else (though I’m sure the concert was awesome - it was Willie after all).
The Texas press hasn’t really been that impressed with Davis’ campaign for things like what’s described above, and apparently neither is the Washington Post's Reid Wilson, who called Davis “the most overrated candidate this cycle.”
Speaking of fundraising, I wonder how much money the President raised while he was in Texas last week (that’s money that is flowing out of state rather than into Wendy Davis’ campaign coffers).
Since I’m going to be on vacation for a little over a week, I wanted to leave y’all with some thought provoking stories relating to voting and elections (as well as a promise to post pictures of the beautiful scenes from my vacation once I return).
The Top-Two Primary:
I’ve previously written about the jungle primary (see here, here and here). The argument in favor of the jungle, or top-two, primary is that it will decrease partisanship; however, that doesn’t seem to be the case. David McAdams argues it could help the GOP rid itself of TEA Party candidates like David Brat (not sure that’s a pay off that’s really worth it, and previous studies suggest that top-two primaries do not have a moderating effect).
Voting by Mail:
It appears that allowing an Election Day postmark deadline for voters is better than an earlier deadline. It’s an interesting issue to consider with more people taking advantage of mail ballots (see here and here).
Minnesota is currently one the 20 states that does not have no-excuse absentee voting (Source); however, that is about to change. While I was looking up the states that have no-excuse absentee voting, I found an interesting interactive from the New York Times showing how many people voted by mail in each state in 2010 (Source).
Election Fraud (Really):
This short post by Joseph Kulhavy is a good introduction to an issue that has a long, sordid history in South Texas that has affected several elections, including Archer Parr’s re-election.
In case you’re not watching the College Word Series, one of the amazing stats is that since the opening of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha no one has hit a homerun. Well that just changed, and fittingly it was the Longhorns who hit the first homerun.
Terry Golway, Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern Day American Politics, p. xvi
Picked this book up today, and this was in the introduction; I chuckled a little. Smith was attacking Prohibition in his speech when he made this statement. Oh Al, if you could see us now.