Tonight we’ll know the results from today’s HD 6 special election where Democrat Jenny Askins and Republican Phil Williams vie to replace ousted Democrat Sue Schmitz. Folks who have seen AEA’s polling last week say that it shows Askins closing within single digits of Williams, but I don’t know anyone on either side who wouldn’t be surprised if Askins wins.
Her campaign has been low key, she has been outpaced in fundraising, and even some Democrats have been surprised that she had not maintained a higher profile in the race.
She took some expected hits from Republicans for ducking a debate with Williams. I can’t really fault her for not debating. Ducking a debate doesn’t put her in a great light, but candidates act in their own interests; if she thought a debate would have helped her get elected, she would have debated. Of course, you can’t fault those who offer brickbats and highlight her refusal either.
We have the usual caveat that in a special election, turnout is low enough that the unexpected could happen. Democratic GOTV guru Steve Raby is at the helms of Askins’ campaign, and I hear the buses are running today.
BTW, any misspelling or typo in a campaign flier is unfortunate, but if the flier is talking up your support of education in particular, don’t let your proofreader wander off. The highlighted part of this mailer from the Democratic Party says that Jenny Askins “Supports teachers and education employees and has recieved [sic] the support of hard-working Madison teachers.”
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