cavil |?kav?l| verb [ no obj.] make petty or unnecessary objections:
I’m fairly confident some people were rooting for Jeff Johnson to lose last night. Not because they supported another candidate in the Republican Governor Primary, but because they wanted to see the Republican Party and its grassroots activist driven endorsing process to fail.
Jeff Johnson won, and some people are trying to paint “low turnout” on the GOP side as proof the endorsing system is still a failure. The media is also glomming on to this as a way to help undermine Johnson’s chances against DFL Governor Mark ‘Give Me A Minute So I Can Change My Mind’ Dayton in November.
All the focus on failure is on Republican turnout.
2010 GOP Candidate Totals OLE’ SAVIOR AND TODD “ELVIS” ANDERSON 4396 LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8598 BOB CARNEY JR AND WILLIAM MCGAUGHEY 9856 TOM EMMER AND ANNETTE T. MEEKS 107558 Total 130408
2014 GOP Candidate Totals MARTY SEIFERT AND PAM MYHRA 38798 KURT ZELLERS AND DEAN SIMPSON 43991 MERRILL ANDERSON AND MARK ANDERSON 7008 JEFF JOHNSON AND BILL KUISLE 55813 SCOTT HONOUR AND KARIN HOUSLEY 38331 Total 183941
Wait, the GOP turned out 53,000 more voters than in 2010.
I think why you see some people trying to paint the narrative of GOP voter apathy is because DFL apathy has reached toxic levels.
2010 DFL Candidate Totals MARGARET ANDERSON KELLIHER AND JOHN GUNYOU 175767 PETER IDUSOGIE AND LADY JAYNE FONTAINE 3123 MATT ENTENZA AND ROBYNE ROBINSON 80509 MARK DAYTON AND YVONNE PRETTNER SOLON 182738 Total 442137
2014 DFL Totals BILL DAHN AND JAMES VIGLIOTTI 4896 LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8529 MARK DAYTON AND TINA SMITH 177737 Total 191162
The DFL saw a 251,000 drop off in voter turnout and barely drew more voters than the GOP in 2014.
If voter and most importantly DFL activists and supporters were proud of the work that Dayton and DFL leaders have accomplished in the last 4 years, there would not have been such a huge drop in turnout. We are talking over 50% drop off in turnout. Don’t forget, Dayton won with only 43% in the 2010 General election. An election that as also plagued with low turnout of only 55% overall. AKA: Dayton actually only had 25% of eligible voters want him to be Governor.
RF Flashback: Mr. 25% Governor Dayton- La La La La La La La
The bottom line: Republican turnout was higher than 2010, DFL turnout was down over 50% from 2010.
While Republican turnout was lower then I’d like, the overall numbers reveal to me that the DFL has a huge enthusiasm problem and I sure like Johnson’s chances.