Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

Where Were Wendy Davis’s Voters?

What happened to the buzzing Wendy Davis cult?

by
Charlie Martin

Bio

March 5, 2014 - 2:03 pm

[Contributor Mark Stuertz passes this along:]

When Texas State Senator Wendy Davis shot onto the national scene with her famous filibuster against abortion restrictions, she instantly became a media sensation and a ruling class cultural icon. She was the leading edge of an inevitable paradigm shift that would transform Texas from red to blue.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the ballot box. The Wendy fetish among our national elites didn’t spread to the electorate. Davis garnered just 432,025 votes or 79.05 percent of a total 546,480 votes cast in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

That compares to Gregg Abbott’s haul of 1,219,831 votes or 91.50 percent of 1,333,010 total votes cast in the Republican primary. Abbott racked up nearly three times Davis’ vote total in a race that was generally considered a foregone conclusion. That translates to a statewide gubernatorial turnout of 4.01 percent for the Democrats, and 9.8 percent for the Republicans. So much for pink running shoes enthusiasm.

Charlie Martin writes on science, health, culture and technology for PJ Media. Follow his 13 week diet and exercise experiment on Facebook and at PJ Lifestyle

Comments are closed.

All Comments   (7)
All Comments   (7)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Wendy's voters are in Texas and they are a small group. Wendy's admirers are mostly outside of Texas.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
To be fair, voters participated in the Texas Republican Primary to determine who would be Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Railroad Commissioner, Supreme Court Justices, and various other statewide races. The winners of the Republican Primary and Primary runoffs are virtually certain to win all statewide races. A smaller number of voters participated in the Democrat Primary to select a house member and a senator for their one urban enclaves or Rio Grande valley district plus the losers for the statewide races. Not much reason to vote in the Democrat primary in Texas. However, I hope lots of Democrats give money to the Wendy Davis campaign to keep that money away from more competitive races.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
I won't say you're wrong, but I don't think it was as a big of a factor. Likewise in the key areas that Davis lost, especially South Texas, you have Republicans voting in the Dem primary. Lots of those areas had no Republicans on the ticket in local races, so you needed to vote in the Dem primary to have a say in local government.

More important was her losses in those counties to a candidate that was pro-life and didn't spend a single dime above the filing fee running for the nomination.

In the meantime, I still don't underestimate the ability of Battleground Texas to create mischief over the next 6 months.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Most Texas Republicans are not racists and do not wish to butcher even more black babies. Wendy and the democrats do, and that is so sad.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Wait until the IRS and FBI crank up their research on Abbott.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Abortion Barbie.
Abortion Barbie.Abortion Barbie.Abortion Barbie.Abortion Barbie.Abortion Barbie.

Abortion Barbie.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Finally some good news today. The Lois Lerner item/story made my tummy hurt.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
View All