Stories like this are great news for Republicans 48 hours before the election. Not only are Republicans here in New Jersey more energized to vote, but we’re building a nice grassroots organization:
The GOP has added 18,241 voters to the rolls since the June primary, a 1.7 percent increase, according to figures at the state Division of Elections. The number of Democratic voters has increased by 3,199.
The Democrats still hold a 3-to-2 margin over the Republicans. There are 1.7 million registered Democratic voters, compared with 1.1 million Republicans.
But the state’s 2.4 million unaffiliated voters still dwarf both major parties and usually prove to be the deciding factor in any major election.
Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University, said the GOP statewide and nationwide has the upper hand in an enthusiasm gap between the two major parties.
“Republicans are much more excited about their chances,” Harrison said. “They have the momentum their volunteers are organized and energized.”
Harrison said that Republicans learned much from Gov. Chris Christie’s successful get-out-the-vote effort from last year’s gubernatorial election. Then, the Republicans used social networking efforts on the Internet and used volunteers in suburban neighborhoods to boost totals in GOP strongholds such as Monmouth and Ocean counties.
“Part of this (voter) surge is due to the fact that there is a much more sophisticated Republican organization on the ground in this state,” Harrison said.
These developments should be huge for Anna Little in the 6th congressional district and Jon Runyan in the 3rd:
[Joseph Marbach, provost at LaSalle University] said one indicator of the how things have changed is the relatively close race between Republican challenger Anna Little and Democratic U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. Pallone is well financed and has been a congressman for more than 20 years, while Little served less than two years as a county freeholder and is now Highlands mayor.
Pallone is up by 7 points, the latest polls show. “Little (winning) would be a real upset, and it already is with it as close as it is,” Marbach said.
Another indicator of the Republican surge is in New Jersey’s 3rd District, where U.S. Rep. John Adler is running neck-and-neck with Republican challenger Jon Runyon, the former Philadelphia Eagles lineman, Marbach said.
Donate your time, money and/or energy to help put Anna Little and Jon Runyan over the top in their districts. There’s still some time.
Watch this video.
Apparently, the new healthcare law mandates all sorts of great stuff–like building playgrounds to “encourage” healthy lifestyles.
Jason Mattera asks Senator Al Franken how things like that help to lower healthcare costs, as proponents of reform says it does. And the larger question–is it the Federal government’s place to mandate these kind of things?
Age has not been good to Al Franken. He’s obviously a bitter and angry person. More importantly, he appears to have no clue about what exactly is in the healthcare reform bill. It’s probably a fair guess that not many Democrats do either.
And yes, at one point Mattera refers to Franken as “Senator Smalley”. Priceless!