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PA’s Conservative Silent Majority Spoke on Tuesday | Charlie Gerow

PA’s Conservative Silent Majority Spoke on Tuesday | Charlie Gerow

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by Charlie Gerow, originally appeared at Penn Live


As the world emerges from house arrest and economic shutdown and returns to some degree of normalcy, political pundits across our land are debating and discussing the impact of the Wuhan virus on the 2020 presidential contest.

In Pennsylvania we got an early clue on Tuesday.

In November, the Keystone State’s 20 electoral votes are a huge prize. They are likely to be the difference between victory and defeat just as they were four years ago when our state cracked the “Blue Wall” and put Donald Trump over the top.

Four years ago Trump carried Pennsylvania for the first time a Republican had in almost three decades. He did it by the narrowest of margins, winning by less than 45, 000 votes out of more than 6 million cast. His margin of victory, less than one percentage point, was the narrowest since 1840. (Interesting local footnote: William Henry Harrison, the shortest tenured of any U.S. president, was elected in 1840 after being nominated at the first national convention ever held by the Whig Party. It met in Harrisburg, PA., the only time our fair city has hosted a major party’s national convention.)

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania voted for the first time using the new rules governing mail-in voting. Democrats and their allies in the media crowed all through the quarantine about the fact that Democrats were getting far more mail-in ballots than Republicans. They postulated various theories for their apparent success. Most prominent were their perceived “superior organization” and the “intensity” of the Democrat base, chomping at the bit to get to the polls and send a message.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the polls. Republicans showed up in droves. Democrats didn’t.

Despite all of the media chatter about social distancing, mask wearing and other concerns over the pandemic, plus the social unrest and rioting that rose up in the days immediately the preceding the primary, Republicans went to the polls.

Tuesday was the first real opportunity for the Silent Majority to speak. And they spoke.

By Friday afternoon, President Trump had gotten nearly 100,000 votes more than Joe Biden. On the day following election his margin was even bigger. At that point he had more votes than Biden and all of the other Democrat candidates for president combined!!

What makes Trump’s Pennsylvania performance especially astounding is the fact that there are far more Democrats in Pennsylvania than Republicans; roughly three quarters of a million more by registration. Dramatically more Democrats had voted prior to Election Day via mail.

Additionally, Democrats had the only contested statewide race, another reason they should have drawn more voters to the polls. Democrats had been trumpeting their “voter intensity” for months. It simply wasn’t evident on Tuesday.

Adding to Democrat woes is the fact that in three statewide races, Democrats barely outpolled Republicans.

Josh Shapiro, on the ballot for re-election as Attorney General but spending his energy running for governor, barely edged past by Heather Heidelbaugh. Stacy Garrity, who hasn’t yet established her name identification statewide, nevertheless was essentially even with Joe Torsella, the incumbent Democrat State Treasurer. In the race for Auditor General, Tim DeFoor, the Dauphin County Controller running on the Republican ticket, received more votes than the top four Democrats combined!

What accounts for all of this?

First let’s dispel the myths of the past few months. The Democrats in Pennsylvania are not better organized. Their base is not more enthusiastic than the Republican’s. There may be more invective from the left and certainly more noise, but when it came to Election Day, that sound was drowned out by the counters on voting machines.

The quiet majority spoke. They’re the ones who are fed up with the blatant hypocrisy of the left. They’re tired of hearing how the Wuhan virus can somehow be laid at the feet of President Trump. They simply dismissed that kind of silliness as they marched to the polls.

They’re the people who know how well the economy was doing before the pandemic struck us. They know they had good jobs and more disposable income. They had confidence in the economy. They’re also then ones who know who can put the pieces back together again. They know that’s not Joe Biden.

They’re also the ones who believe that peaceful protests are as American as apple pie, but don’t condone, even for a second, rioting, looting and vandalism.

Their voices may not be amplified on a daily basis in the media. They may not even be reflected in the polls. But come November you can put even money on the fact that they’ll be back to be heard at the polls.

Charlie Gerow is a Republican strategist and CEO of Quantum Communications. He and Democrat Mark Singel write opposite each other every week on PennLive. They are also seen together Sunday mornings at 8:30 on CBS-21’s Face the State.

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