Republican Party, Tony Evers, Connor discussed on POLITICO's Nerdcast


And I think he's an interesting example of the types of candidates that Democrats are nominating for governor in the mid west, and maybe in some of these house campaigns to this year. David, you wrote this week about how kinda by and large doing a survey of the candidates. Mid western Democrats are not really at least the the voters aren't really lurching to the left the way maybe has been written about. Kind of writ large in the party this year. I think at the gubernatorial level, that's the case. And and so there's been a stream of candidates who are older white, mostly male. These are long term public officials technocrats who are are carrying the nominations. I don't think that that's necessarily that's not true in all the congressional races in districts that are are more liberal of at least in these statewide primaries at the top of the ticket that that's what we're saying, what what does that? What does that tell us? Do we think about kind of the way the party is setting itself up ahead of head of twenty twenty? Well, it's one argument for a kind of milk and water candidate November, but I think what what the real can you milk and water? Can you explain that? Well, as opposed to whiskey and you know, or fires. There is. Yeah. Yeah, I think Daniel Strauss, our colleague called these people each spinach Democrats, and maybe that's right. So it and it's not necessarily an ideological difference, although in some cases it is, but it's more stylistic and I, I guess that's why I say milk and water, but, but what's interesting is maybe less. So what happened on Tuesday is what it sets up for November because the winning a primary is one thing. If if for example, Tony Evers this elderly white, long-term politician of Wisconsin is able to be the Walker slayer after all these years. I think that will get some twenty twenty candidates to take notice of of what kind of people are successful in the midwest. That's an interesting point. I, I was struck in this primary that you had tin walls who who was a pretty moderate democratic congressman who had formerly had good ratings from the NRA and. Who did not win the state party endorsement that went to a very progressive state rep, Aaron Murphy, but who comes through the primary and you know, kind of win one pretty comfortably, and you know, kind of following in the footsteps of like Ralph north in Virginia in in two thousand seventeen. And you know? Yeah. Well, a lot like Evers who maybe had had some potentially more progressive or at least fire-breathing challenges to his left. On the flip side you see on on the Republican side you you had, you know, the state Republican party, the activists in Minnesota lined up with Johnson who won the primary over Paul anti in Wisconsin. They lined up with levek mirror in the Senate race, and she won the primary over Kevin Nicholson who had a ton of outside money spent on his behalf. I just wonder if like, does this tell us something about the the relative weight and control that the party like the real core activists have in both parties that maybe liberal. Activists do not have the sway in bigger democratic primaries that that maybe we might think. So from San Diego to Pittsburgh, I kept hearing from voters that they wanted somebody who was gonna win, and that means different things to different people. So that sometimes you know, comes through as you know, take like Mike Levin. Somebody who was supported by the activists in that in that district, somebody who was very popular forty, four, forty, nine, exactly. They didn't go for sort of an outsider voice or the person who who had the most money spent on their on their behalf. And it looks like again, Connor lamps seventy who was obviously selected by conferee process. So not exactly a perfect primary, but he got a ton of support by Democrats because they knew even though he wasn't necessarily this a progressive star, he knew that they knew that he was going to win in a district like that..

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