Montgomery County voters made their views clear this past Tuesday. From the top to the bottom of the ballot, we saw support for fiscally conservative, limited government candidates. On the federal level, voters see massive spending and the waves of new federal intrusion into our daily lives continuing virtually unchecked and they want change. Senator Cornyn, though he won statewide, would have been forced into a runoff if Montgomery county voters had decided that race. And Montgomery county voters are highly concerned that county debt levels are among the highest in the state per capita with no realistic solution in place.
Many voters relied on the Texas Patriots PAC voter guide recommendations. In every race we recommended or endorsed a candidate except for one (Brown in Supreme Court Place 6), the candidates we supported received a higher percent of votes in Montgomery County than they did state-wide. For local races, all of the candidates we supported won or made the runoff. In the case of the runoff candidates, all the candidates we supported received the highest number of votes in their race.
The trust placed in our Texas Patriots PAC voter guide is humbling and a responsibility we take very seriously. Voters we talked with in the parking lot wanted to know more about why we did not recommend in several races. The reason is simple; we require candidates who share our values to put together a serious campaign with a reasonable chance of winning. No other conservative group or tea party in this area requires candidates to rise to this standard. And this requirement is key to the success of the tea party movement.
Why is this “path to victory” so critically important? To win an election, a candidate must receive 50% plus one, of the vote. Voters who identify themselves as being part of the tea party do not make up 50% of the vote. Say, for example, that the “Tea Party” represents 15% of the total vote in a particular race. Where will the “Tea Party” candidate get the additional votes? To win those votes, a candidate must take his conservative message to groups outside of the “tea party” and persuade them to vote for him. Without a robust campaign beyond self-identified tea party members, there is little chance of a win for that candidate. And to change the direction of our county, conservatives must win elections at all levels.
The American Dream comes within reach when our culture affirms each American’s right to economic success through creativity and drive and freedom from excessive regulation and taxation. Imagine what election night could look like when conservatives across the nation require their candidates to also earn the support of those who aren’t comfortable calling themselves tea party members. These candidates should remind voters of their own experiences to illustrate that conservative principles provide the greatest chance for individual economic success. Our primary runoff will be May 27th. We invite voters to visit www.TExasPatriotsPAC.com to learn more about candidates, issues, and our recommendations.