Today represents the deadline for Democrats to replace their brave brethren that have fallen by the wayside…
Actually, it’s the last day Democrats can replace the awful placeholders they put in at the last minute to try to keep hopes alive, as opposed to embarrassingly leaving 30 seats unchallenged at the start of the election season.
Who has withdrawn so far?
District 5 Senate – Alanna Silvis (D)
District 9 Senate – Sherry Knutson (D)
District 13 Senate – Reynold Nesiba (D)
District 14 Senate – Brian Kaatz (D)
District 20 Senate – Craig Kelly (D)
District 6 House – Katie A. Hanson (D)
District 7 House – Steven Binkley (D)
District 8 House -David Skoglund (D – arrested for hiring a prostitute, and replaced with Jeff Nelson)
District 9 House -Holly Boltjes-Johnson (D)
District 16 House – Jim Fedderson (D)
District 16 House -Brian Shanks (D)
District 17 House -Jamie Boomgarden (R) – and newly replaced by Republican Sheri Kaufman.
District 22 House -Dennis Kruse (I)
District 24 House -Thomas Schienhorst (D)
District 25 House -Kristi Quaintance (D)
District 25 House -Oran Sorenson (D)
There’s been no notices filed yet, with the exception of Sheri Kaufman who replaced the sole Republican to withdraw from the race.
Absent a mass of replacements today, Democrats will allow in the neighborhood of 30 seats to go unchallenged in the legislature, about a third, which nearly matches the number of Statewide races that they failed to find someone to run for.
And last I checked, you have 100% chance of losing a race if you fail to run a candidate for it.
What do you think? If they fail to replace a majority of these candidates, does this represent the continued erosion of the Democratic party as a legitimate electoral force in the state?
And will they continue to lose ground against third party groups, such as Libertarians?
Libertarians might have filled their races with scofflaws, a mom [redacted], and an SOS candidate with election violations…. but they still managed to fill them, something Democrats failed to do for lack of interest.