* Sometimes, voters are strange…
Webb said he voted for Halvorson, but the gun issue wasn’t the dominant one for him.
“She graduated from Bloom High School, and so did I,” Webb said, chuckling.
Webb’s wife said, “He made me come out and vote, too.”
When I asked her why she felt it was important, the answer took me by surprise.
“Because I’m voting against (Illinois House Speaker) Michael Madigan. I want to toss all the Madigan people out of office,” Mrs. Webb said.
So who was the anti-Madigan person she supported in the congressional race?
“To tell you the truth, I don’t remember who I voted for,” she replied.
“Fire Madigan” fails again?
A man showed up at the Beckman Park polling place in Kankakee last Tuesday intending to vote in the primary election.
But he became irate upon learning he would have to choose either a Republican or Democratic party ballot, and he left without voting.
Understandable that he didn’t want to disclose his party affiliation, but that’s been the law of the land for 40 years or more here. Must’ve been his first rodeo. And it’s also a reason why some people won’t cross over to vote for another party’s candidate, even if they believe in that candidate’s agenda.
* Meanwhile, Robin Kelly’s pollster penned an op-ed…
In January, we discovered that only 17 percent of likely voters had a favorable impression of the NRA, while 63 percent had an unfavorable impression of the group. Negative feelings towards the NRA outweighed positive ones among practically every demographic and regional bloc. Even self-described conservatives gave the NRA bad marks.
For several weeks, we hounded our opponents to release their NRA questionnaires. We sent seven pieces of mail to likely voters establishing Kelly’s bona fides on fighting gun violence and contrasting her record with her opponents. The race began to change dramatically.
By early February, Kelly nearly doubled her vote share from four weeks earlier. She surged into first place, leaping from 15 percent of the vote to 26 percent. Among the voters in our mail universe, Kelly’s vote share was a commanding 40 percent. Independence PAC had only been on the air for less than a week at that point and their ad only mentioned former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, but Kelly’s favorability was quickly rising while Halvorson’s standing was in a free fall.
In the ensuing weeks, the debate over gun violence continued to dominate the campaign. Kelly’s message resonated with voters, leading to 52 percent of the vote in a 16-candidate field.