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Conservative Kathy Barnette Surging as Possible Upset Candidate in PA Republican Senate Primary

Conservative Kathy Barnette Surging as Possible Upset Candidate in PA Republican Senate Primary

“Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette now appears to be running neck and neck with the two big-spending front-runners, Mehmet Oz and David McCormick, just days before the May 17 primary”

In the Pennsylvania Republican primary for the Senate, most of the attention has gone to Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has been endorsed by Donald Trump. But another candidate is rapidly approaching from behind.

Kathy Barnette is a conservative military veteran who has worked as a political commentator and her campaign is catching fire at just the right time to potentially surprise everyone.

Barnette grew up in poverty on a pig farm in Alabama and worked her way up to a successful career.

You can tell she poses a threat to the establishment just from this headline at Politico:

‘Ultra-MAGA’ longshot roars into contention in key Senate race

Kathy Barnette has been outspent 358-to-1 on TV in Pennsylvania’s GOP primary for the Senate. She hasn’t run for statewide office before. She doesn’t have former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

But the ultra-MAGA commentator is surging in the polls anyway in the final weeks of one of the most expensive and closely watched races in the country.

Barnette’s unlikely — and, to some, unbelievable — rise has turned heads in political circles across the state because it defies political logic. Just two years ago, she lost a House bid in the Philadelphia suburbs by a wide margin. This time around, her opponents Mehmet Oz and David McCormick have spent $12.4 million and $11.4 million on television commercials, respectively, according to the ad-tracking firm AdImpact. Other candidates and outside groups have bankrolled $25 million more in spots. Oz has also won a highly sought-after nod from Trump.

Barnette, on the other hand, has spent a paltry $137,000 on TV.

“Barnette’s apparent rise is surprising just because of the lack of notoriety or resources compared to some of the other candidates in that race,” said Brian Nutt, a Pennsylvania-based Republican strategist who is not working for a candidate in the contest.

A turning point for Barnette’s campaign came during the last debate when she revealed that she is pro-life and is herself the byproduct of rape.

Watch the clip below:

She goes into more detail in this campaign ad:

It’s no wonder why conservatives are gravitating to her, given her sincerity.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is now reporting that she is a top tier candidate:

Kathy Barnette is neck and neck with Oz and McCormick in the Pa. Senate race, poll says

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette now appears to be running neck and neck with the two big-spending front-runners, Mehmet Oz and David McCormick, just days before the May 17 primary, according to a new poll.

Barnette, a conservative commentator who has run a tireless campaign on a shoestring budget, had the support of 23.2% of likely GOP voters in the survey released late Sunday by the Republican Trafalgar Group. That put her right alongside Oz (24.5%) and McCormick (21.6%). Factoring in a margin of error of 3 percentage points, the poll suggests the candidates are effectively tied.

The results are similar to a Trafalgar poll in April, adding to the evidence that Barnette has emerged as the likely alternative to her ultra-wealthy rivals Oz and McCormick.

Just amazing:

Another poll supports this:

If you doubt that the establishment is worried about her, just as she is surging in polls, editors of the notoriously liberal site Wikipedia deleted her page:

If Barnette wins this primary, it will be an explosive turn of events and based on the polling, it could happen.

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You go girl … she’s much better than Oz.

Ric Grennell just threw his credibility away today going after this woman. He posted some misleading footage which had been spliced together to make people think Kathy is a BLM supporting racist.

When called on it, he deflected and would not address what he did.

Ric is not who we thought he was and will not regain his reputation unless he comes clean about why he did this or convinces people that he too was mislead.

This is very sad since he was one of the few I thought we could trust and had good intentions. But you don’t do what he did today unless you are being paid to spread a lie as part of a political hatchet job.

    gonzotx in reply to Thatch. | May 11, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Yes he did and I love Ric, I am so sad

    gonzotx in reply to Thatch. | May 11, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    He did it for Trump, I doubt he was paid

      txvet2 in reply to gonzotx. | May 11, 2022 at 7:36 pm

      It doesn’t matter why he did it. It was a dirty, dishonest act and has destroyed his credibility forever. Trump hasn’t covered himself with glory either, with his endorsement of Oz.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to gonzotx. | May 13, 2022 at 9:54 am

      Or, was paid by Trump. Trump seems to be more of a politician every day.

    Bisley in reply to Thatch. | May 12, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Too many Trump loyalists have become cult-like followers — going along with whatever he says or does, regardless of how wrong or stupid it may be.

    Either Trump is a moron when it comes to judgement of people, or taking advice from his enemies (which is much the same thing). He appointed many of his political enemies to high government positions when he was president, and now he endorses them for election. Either Barnette or McCormick would probably make a decent senator (both appear to be reasonable and conservative), but Trump endorses Oz (who’s more of a leftist loon). Trump should have had better sense than to endorse him — and Grennell should have had better sense than to help push this fool on the public as a senator.

      Maybe YOU are the moron who just doesn’t understand what is going on. Keep reading. We Trump “cultists” seem to be more astute and determined to winning. Barnette cannot win. But go ahead and vote for her if it makes you feel “unculty”.

Colonel Travis | May 11, 2022 at 3:18 pm

I haven’t been following this race, but every time I see this Oz fellow he is saying and/or doing something stupid. This ludicrous gun pandering, for example.

    henrybowman in reply to Colonel Travis. | May 11, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Disgusting hypocrisy. A genuine “media candidate.”
    His earlier anti-gun credentials are still available online.
    Well, we shouldn’t be surprised. Media is his entire career, after all.
    (“ACT-ing!” “GEE-nius!” “THANK you!”)

    I have the same misgivings about former news anchor Kari Lake (running for governor) out here. Says all the right things, but has a disturbing history of Democrat contributions… and proposes attractive but unconstitutional “solutions” to problems that concern conservatives. And also endorsed by Trump.

I like all candidates that gives the Uniparty heartburn. She could do better than our swamp critters already in office.

    chrisboltssr in reply to gonzotx. | May 11, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    People change. Lots of people were against Trump in 2016. If she is still against Trump now that’s fine too. Mehmet Oz is a cipher and an Arlen Specter. We don’t need that.

    Mercyneal in reply to gonzotx. | May 11, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    She has also praised him.

    txvet2 in reply to gonzotx. | May 11, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    And it’s perfectly legitimate to bring that up. What Grenell did wasn’t.

    The fact of the matter is that none of these candidates can be trusted. They are all phony MAGA candidates who have past records of being fervently anti-Trump. So Trump endorsed Oz. Cruz endorsed McCormick who seems to be a McConnell plant. And now Barnette who also has some issues about her military record. None of them inspire trust. The best we can hope is that Oz becomes a captive senator for Trump knowing that this is the only reason he even had a chance. Sad to say but that would be the best option.

    Some of us here are myopic about these things. Trump didn’t come up with any of these people he is endorsing. They are candidates state Republicans are putting up and many of them are pathetic. So Trump again has to work mostly with what the pathetic Republican Party offers him. Let’s remember this (yeah that’ll happen) when these Trump-endorsed MAGA candidates turn into RINOs once elected. Politics is one giant snake pit.

      Bisley in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 12, 2022 at 2:22 pm

      Trump should have figured out by now that the Republican leadership establishment is his enemy — and support candidates who will try to overturn them and take control of the party apparatus. Otherwise, he will get no more help from Congress, if he gets another term, than he did in his first two years with a “Republican” Congress. Backing establishment candidates guarantees his future failure.

        You missed my point. Trump can’t create candidates out of thin air. He can only choose from a list of candidates that the state Republican parties recruit. I know, complicated. What matters is that one of them wins and becomes a reliable vote for Trump’s MAGA MAGA program.

        But are ANY of them worth endorsing? McCormick is clearly a McConnell/Bush Republican. Yet Cruz endorses him. Why isn’t anyone mentioning that? Isn’t Cruz being a snake here? Does anyone really believe McCormick is anything but a RINO?

        Barnette has absolutely nothing to show for herself that would justify her current popularity and this will quickly pass. Yeah, she’s black.thanked her mother for choosing not to abort her. Smack yourselves in the head! Or ask someone else to do it for you!

        So that leaves Oz , clearly a lousy candidate. But ALL of them are sucking up to Trump swearing they are even more MAGA than Trump is. Not that complicated. None are worthy of an endorsement BUT… Oz is the least conniving of the bunch and most dependent on Trump for his political future. Of all of them, he is the most likely to be a captured vote for MAGA. He has no other constituency.

        Sure, pretty weak argument but I am not reading anything on this thread making a better argument. All are ignoring the fact that these are all awful choices. Trump is probably endorsing Oz just to keep McConnell’s choice out and give the Republicans a chance of winning. That’s the best we can do. PA GOP truly sucks.

      txvet2 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 12, 2022 at 2:23 pm

      Spoken like a true Trumpbot. He tried to front-run the primary and picked the worst of the litter, so Pennsylvania should bite the bullet and elect somebody to the left of Romney, who might rank as Trump’s previous worst endorsement.

      “”So Trump again has to work mostly with what the pathetic Republican Party offers him.””

      There was no crushing need for him to endorse anybody in that race, and if the candidates are all as bad as you claim, he shouldn’t have. A better idea would be for Trump to keep his nose out of Pennsylvania’s business and quit trying to make himself the center of every political conversation.

        Suddenly all of you Bushies who hate Trump are experts on every state and every obscure candidate. Yes, you hate Trump and rather than use every opportunity to keep TWO superstars fighting for us, you fall for every trap to trip up Trump. You even adopt the commie tactic of calling us Trump supporters (who vastly outnumber you Bush RINO idiots) “Trump cultists”. Blow me will you?

          txvet2 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 12, 2022 at 7:41 pm

          And of course you’re an idiot for thinking that everybody who doesn’t agree with Trump on everything is a “Bushie” who hates him. Beats trying to make a coherent argument, I guess.

          “And of course you’re an idiot for thinking that everybody who doesn’t agree with Trump on everything is a “Bushie” who hates him.”

          There is certainly no shortage of those. They hide more often, but they are still alive and commenting on this board.

chrisboltssr | May 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm

Trump, you will not read this bit if by chance you do you need to man up and put all your capital behind this woman. Not because she’s black, or she’s a woman or that she is conservative or that she was born from a mother who was raped. You put your capital behind her because she has much courage, just like you. I have never heard anyone on the national stage advocate against abortion because of the exception for rape and incest. This woman did that and she did it eloquently. You need more people like this, not that cipher Mehmet Oz.

henrybowman | May 11, 2022 at 3:51 pm

Oz is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Yet one more “bad hire” by Donald Trump.
The Donald seems to be disproportionately swayed by celebrity rather than principled sincerity.

Wayne LaPierre was well-known to endorse squish-on-guns RINOS (and sometimes ever enemy Democrats, like Harry Reid) over strong constitutionalists with a tougher election row to hoe, just so he could point to NRA’s “win column” for endorsements. Never mind how he was damaging his members’ gun rights.

    No, they ALL suck. Read my comment above. Barnette is likely to became entrapped in the black politics. McCormick is a snake beholden to the Bush crowd, Oz is an ambitious empty suit but is the only one who will be totally dependent on his Trump connection. not only to be elected in the first place, but also to get re-elected.

    Trump’s first endorsement was probably the best choice but he stepped down after his service records where challenged.

    This is a mess. Don’t bite into the “Trump is an idiot” nonsense. The Pennsylvania Republicans did not produce much for him to choose from. Blame them.

      Bisley in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 12, 2022 at 2:28 pm

      Stupid comment — if Oz is elected he will fall right in with the corrupt, globalist/leftist Republican leadership, and help them oppose Trump.

      txvet2 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 12, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      And his first endorsement, whom you think was the “best”, dropped out of the race because of personal issues. Let’s face it. Trump had no business sticking his nose in this race because he doesn’t/didn’t know the players.

        Barry in reply to txvet2. | May 12, 2022 at 11:07 pm

        “Trump had no business sticking his nose in this race…”

        Doesn’t seem to stop commenters from Texas.

        Trump not only has a right to interject himself in state races, he has a responsibility to do so. I don’t like Oz, not one bit. But none of you are mistake free and Trump needs supporters in congress. I’d bet Oz will be a bad bet, but let’s be clear, at the time what was the choice? Forget the Bush republican, and no one could see the rise of Barnette as a viable candidate.

The Wikipedia entry was deleted simply because up to now she has not got enough press coverage to make her a notable person who belongs in an encyclopaedia. The rules for notability specifically say that merely running for office doesn’t make a person notable. Now if she were to make a splash and start getting significant press coverage, that might be enough to make her notable. If she were to win the primary, that would likely be enough, especially if it was accompanied by nationwide reporting.

Also, a Wikipedia entry may not be created or edited by anyone with a conflict of interest, such as the subject or anyone who works for her. If it turned out that she or someone in her campaign created the page, that would justify deleting it, but in that case someone else could create a new page.

Dr Oz is a gun grabber. Trump should not have endorsed him.

    CommoChief in reply to Milhouse. | May 11, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    I agree. IMO, what happened after Parnell pulled out of the race is that Trump or more likely ‘Team Trump’ to include his small circle of advisors, waited to see how the polling was going to shake out and evaluate the race when their preferred candidate dropped out.

    This is an example of where they should have waited until after the debate to see the performance and how that connected or failed to connect with voters before making an endorsement. At the end of the day, they probably rushed the pick and chose OZ due to his similarities to DJT as a political outsider, independent wealth, personal brand and name recognition from TV celebrity.

    The hatchet job attacks v Kathy Barnette from Team Trump surrogates since her strong debate performance are not helpful and should be stopped. Team Trump must learn to accept that not every Trump pick or endorsement is going to resonate. Creating a ‘with us or you are the enemy’ is counter productive to the party.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | May 11, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Seeing his disastrous cabinet picks, failure to fire Fauci, and endorsements like Oz: Could it be the Trump is really not “all that”? I supported the man’s presidency and I like what he accomplished, but he just really isn’t good at picking people. Either that or he is establishment in his own way.

      henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 11, 2022 at 6:19 pm

      Trump’s arena was business, not politics. He tried to run the fedguv like a business, using his ideas of efficiency and fairness as he would use them in a business. And he had considerably more success at it than most other Republican presidents. But in business the people you hire work to promote your company, not contrary to it, because that’s how they make the most money. In politics, entirely different rules apply. Even on his TV show, his hires often worked to backstab each other, but there was no percentage in backstabbing him.

        You can only choose from what is made available and Trump not only got zero support from his party, they joined forces with the Dems to take him down. Trump is no expert on who is qualified for what and he had to make hundreds of appointments. Was he supposed to install nothing but business cronies or family? A president is not a dictator.

          The R party and McConnell even locked Trump out from making a recess appointment. Trump could only appoint cabinet positions approved by the deep state apparatus. Period.

          If you don’t understand this you’re just not very astute politically.

          Trumps picks that did not require approval were generally pretty good. His entire business group were excellent IMO, starting with the wolverine his self, Wilbur Ross.

    SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to Milhouse. | May 12, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Trump remains a clown. A Trump endorsement should be – but so far has not been – the kiss of death for a candidate. You can tell he is a front runner with the endorsement of Oz. Oz is a fraud behind the green curtain.

    Oz is a Jersey/Holllywood carpet bagger; the other guy McCormack – a hedge fund clown from CT who claims “deep roots” in PA – is a Democrat in drag.

    Kathy Barnette had my vote the first time I heard her speak. I hope she pulls this out.

    She can beat the likely Democrat nominee, John Fetterman, who is, speaking of clowns, the former mayor of a depressed steel town in Western PA. Every time one of his young citizens was shot and killed, he put a tattoo on his arm. What a clown show. Now he’s the Lt. Gov of PA. When that bridge fell down in Pittsburgh, he was spotted on the tv news coverage shambling around in cutoff sweats and a hooded sweatshirt which of course he had pulled up on his head. He wandered around the area, no one would talk to him (Mayor, County Exec., fire department folks, etc. He most resembled a drunk coming off a bender. A disgrace to the Commonwealth.

      The only real clown here is you. You’re a liar. Show us where you were behind Ms Barnette prior to her recent surge to the front. That should be real easy for you to do.


She got my vote for Congress in 2020 election and is getting it now and until she isn’t running.
We need her more badly than most know.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 11, 2022 at 5:33 pm

She is the first class candidate. I’m hoping she gets the nomination, and ultimately goes on to win. The opposition advertising should be priceless. Wouldn’t it will all boil down to when you read through all the weasel words, will be, “another uppity [black] woman that doesn’t know her place “.

PrincetonAl | May 11, 2022 at 5:34 pm

She had my attention from early on. Liked her better than Oz or the ex CEO.

Not enough scrutiny was paid to her so now we are all doing last minute due diligence.

She was slow to produce her DD 214 discharge papers from the military, but just released the National Guard equivalent NGB 22

I get the sense that she isn’t quite staffed and funded for being in the storm of contention, but hopefully everything checks out.

Might make sense to vote for her anyway even if it’s a risk. I am not excited to see Oz in the senate, and would rather roll the dice.

Not sure if she’s the next Scott
brown or the next Christine “I am
Not a witch” O Donnell …

But am okay with losing a seat to send the message we gotta have the right candidates.

We don’t need a Thom Tillis or Mitt Romney or anything like that going forward.

    Barry in reply to PrincetonAl. | May 12, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Nice comment and I agree. Maybe she isn’t what she seems, but you have to take a chance sometimes. Beats the other losers IMO.

henrybowman | May 11, 2022 at 5:50 pm

Tried to throw her a donation. WINRED took all my information, then handed me a final “Donate” button that did bupkis. Tried two different browsers, same result. On one, I occasionally got the bullshit message, “Please enter no more than 1 characters” without any particular field being identified. Finally looked up her campaign office and called them — they were unable to take credit cards over the phone.

If anybody else wants to kick in for her, please let me know if it works or doesn’t work.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | May 11, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Mine went through no issues.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | May 12, 2022 at 1:40 am

      Hm. I just tried again, and it said “Welcome, Henry,” so at least it created my account last time. I checked my CC record at my bank and no donation had gone through with it, so I tried again and was successful. Looks like there was some sort of malinteraction involved in donating and creating a permanent user account at the same time.

    Barry in reply to henrybowman. | May 12, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I don’t trust anything with “winred” fingerprints.

But if she wins, you know what the story will be in the Gaslight Media: “TRUMP-ENDORSED CANDIDATE LOSES!!!!!!!1!!!!”

Old Soldier | May 12, 2022 at 10:26 am

I took a quick look at her campaign website and was underwhelmed. She is listed as serving for ten years in the “Armed Forces Reserves” and was accepted into “Officer Candidacy School.” No Reserve Component serviceman or servicewoman serves in the “Armed Forces Reserves.” Each service has a Reserve (singular) and the Army and the Air Force each have a Guard component. One is accepted to attend an officer candidate school, not an “Officer Candidacy School.”

    Sultan in reply to Old Soldier. | May 12, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Old Soldier, don’t focus on the small stuff. Even Professor Jacobsen’s posts have the occasional typo. She needs a staff to help her write this stuff but it is always the policies that count. Always.
    Same with The Donald.

Dear God, don’t let her win! I heard her on Newsmax TV giving a speech and she rabidly hates white people!

Old Soldier | May 12, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Everyone has pushed the button and burned with shame when you realize a typo or two was still in the draft you read a dozen times. The fact these sorts of mistakes are still out there suggests to me she either didn’t write it (and relied on someone who does not know anything about the military to draft it) or did not bother to review it once the writeup went live on the website.

I like that she is upending a race where she is being outspent by a ridiculous margin but am afraid Pennsylvania will wind up with a GOP candidate who isn’t ready for prime time.

I like Trump but he blew it when he endorsed Oz.