LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2013—In the recent Los Angeles Mayoral race, Kevin James was the only Republican running. The plan was to watch a bunch of liberal Democrats beat each other up, split the vote, and let Mr. James quietly slip into the runoff. That is one of the reasons that Richard Riordan was able to become a Republican Mayor of Los Angeles back in 1993. While Mr. James did not have the resources of Mr. Riordan, the votes were there. It would all come down to turnout.
The turnout did not materialize, and two liberal Democrats are in the runoff. This means that for the third straight Los Angeles Mayoral election, there will be no Republican candidate on the ballot. Despite driving the state into the ground, Democrats maintain one-party dominance.
My friend Jim Hughes summed up his feelings personally, with the data to back up those feelings. Jim and I are both members of the Santa Monica Young Republicans. Jim worked very hard for Kevin James, and he has every right to be frustrated. His sentiments are echoed by many of us.
Just crunched the numbers on the citywide election, and I must admit, we Republicans are pretty pathetic. Most Republicans think the city is so left-wing that there’s no way we could ever gain any power, but when you look at the turnout numbers, they’re wrong. Turnout is so low that if we just bothered to get off of our collective asses and vote, we’d start winning elections on our own. Here are the numbers:
There are 286,000 registered Republicans in the City of Los Angeles. Only 16% of them turned out to vote for Kevin James - the only Republican on the ballot. That’s no better than the overall turnout, which was also 16%. It’s a record low for the city, and Republicans should be ashamed that we can’t do any better than the general population.
Here are some sobering facts: If only 29% of Republicans had bothered to turn out, James would have beat Wendy Greuel and gotten into the run-off.
If only 33% of Republicans had bothered to turn out, James would have beat Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, been the lead contender, and gotten into the runoff.
If only 86% of Republicans bothered to turn out, James would have got over 50% of the total vote and become Mayor Of Los Angeles without the need for a runoff.
(If you think the 50% scenario can’t happen, remember that in the last LA City Council elections, every single incumbent got over 50% in the primary. There were no runoffs).
Next time you hear a Republican Angeleno bitching about potholes, our schools, traffic, or the gross receipts tax, ask him if he got off his ass and voted for a Republican in the 2013 mayor’s race.”
We get the government we deserve. This was a winnable race, and Republicans lost it. When 84% of your own voters do not care, it is tough to build a winning coalition.
Kevin James deserved a better effort. The entire city of Los Angeles did.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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