NLS has a very interesting post looking at the election results in the 51st District that political junkies in Prince William will find rather informative.
With that it seems clear to me that despite all his weaknesses as a candidate, Faisal Gill still could have won this election if he had won the convention in a more legitimate manner and united the party behind him. However with everything that happened, Gill was never able to unite the grassroots Republicans who didn’t vote for him at the convention behind his candidacy. In the end, Tom Kopko and his advisor’s were Faisal’s final undoing, and appear to have cost the Republican Party this seat.
What amazes me from these numbers is that Faisal actually could have won this election if he had not upset so many people at the convention, which I would have never guessed. It just goes to show what matters in a local race- ties to terrorist suspects that are funding overseas killers- Prince William didn’t seem to care. Cheating at a convention against a well liked school board candidate- voters cared and that actually moved votes. Amazing, and a sad look at what actually moves the electorate.
I agree with this analysis. Let’s hope this serves as a strong reminder to future local party chairmen of what the primary responsibility of that office really is. Thankfully, there’s a self-correction mechanism here, that being the general election.
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