What One State’s 2017 Primary Tells Us About The 2018 Elections

Did the voters take their opportunity to #resist?

How motivated is #TheResistance?

Voter turnout for last Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania was abysmal.

There’s no real story there. The so-called “off-year” primary was the down stroke of the four-year election cycle, an election where only the most hardcore voters show up.

More interesting was the fact that statewide voter turnout was largely unchanged from previous primaries of this variety.

Why is this interesting?

This was the first statewide election in the Trump “resistance” era — a time when an energized anti-Trump electorate were supposed to flood to the polls with a surge of enthusiastic energy. They would send a message that would begin the roll into the mid-term elections next year, their promoters promised.

One place that saw a larger than usual turnout was The City of Brotherly Love, where turnout was somewhere around 18 percent.

That doesn’t sound like much — and it isn’t — but it significantly eclipses the 13 percent who showed up for the same primary eight years ago.

What sparked the increase in Philadelphia participation was not a mass anti-Trump fervor, but the opportunity to select a new District Attorney to replace disgraced (and criminally charged) incumbent Seth Williams.

Larry Krasner, a far-Left Democrat who’s spent the last three decades defending criminals, emerged from a crowded Democratic field as the party’s nominee.

His victory was fueled by more than a million bucks of “independent expenditures” pumped into the race on his behalf by even farther-Left billionaire George Soros. Krasner’s primary night celebration was punctuated by a profanity-laced chant from his supporters denouncing the Fraternal Order of Police.

Even in a city that’s registered 7–1 Democrat over Republican, that sent up more than a few warning flares.

The head of the local FOP called the anti-police chanters “the parasites of the city.”

This followed publication of an open letter from a large group of prosecutors, many of them Democrats, denouncing Krasner and raising a host of questions about his fitness for the office.

Christine Flowers, a Philadelphia lawyer, summed things up this way:

Perhaps it’s wrong to blame all of Philadelphia for what happened, because only a small percent actually ventured out to slit our collective throats with their votes, but the results are the same: we are doomed.

The primary in Philadelphia is reflective of the increasingly left-wing dominance of the Democratic Party.

Two years ago the primary got them Jim Kenney as mayor. Now they’ve got Larry Krasner as the frontrunner for DA. The craziness multiplies.

What remains is the fact that the “resistance” didn’t show up elsewhere in the commonwealth.

It was an ordinary off-year primary, with lots of signs and few voters. The activists that had been predicted simply didn’t show up.

The Krasner victory in the Democratic primary points to their real dilemma. They’ve lost touch with the working-class Democrats who have been the core of their constituency for years.

The lunch box crowd isn’t used to anti-cop venom. They’re not happy about constant efforts to chip away at their take-home pay through higher taxes and they’re not part of any “resistance.”

Instead, many of them are voting Republican, accounting for GOP success in a state where Democrats still outnumber them by a million registrations.

While Sen. Bob Casey doesn’t seem too terribly concerned about his own constant drift to the Left, Governor Wolf apparently is.

“The Most Liberal Governor in America” is trying his darndest to look less like the resistance and more like the mainstream. How far he can run from his record may well be the key to his campaign for re-election.

Meanwhile, Republicans see a true opportunity. Energized by their victories in the state in November, they’re working hard to win the seven appellate court seats up for election this year. They believe victories there will propel them into 2018 with additional momentum.

This week, Paul Mango joined Scott Wagner in the race for the Republican nomination for governor. Additionally, House Speaker Mike Turzai alerted members of the state GOP that he’s seriously considering a run and Attorney Laura Ellsworth is also said to be ready to announce.

Congressman Mike Kelly let it be known that he’s decided against a run for governor, but is thinking about the U.S. Senate seat. The large number of high quality candidates jockeying for the right to carry the Republican banner next year says it all.

Far from being scared out of races by the so-called “resistance,” these political aspirants see the realistic probability of taking seats away from the Democrats precisely because of the excesses of the extreme left wing.