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Democrats Spending Millions to Defend Senator Patty Murray From Tiffany Smiley in Washington State

Democrats Spending Millions to Defend Senator Patty Murray From Tiffany Smiley in Washington State

“the fact that Democrats are spending to shore up an incumbent in a solidly blue state is not a good sign for them”

If you look at the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Democrat Patty Murray has an 8.5 point lead in the Washington State senate race.

And yet Democrats are pouring millions of dollars into this race, in a mad dash to defend Murray from a potential upset. They should not have to defend this seat.

Politico reports:

Democrats scramble to avert shock Senate loss in Washington state

Democrats are adding millions in television spending to boost Sen. Patty Murray, a sign that the party is employing a take-no-chances approach even in solidly blue Washington state.

The 30-year veteran of the Senate is facing a challenge from Republican Tiffany Smiley, a political newcomer whose campaign has seized on quality-of-life issues, from urban crime and homelessness to inflation, to tarnish Murray. In recent public polling, Smiley has closed a sizable gap since this summer, when Murray led by 18 percentage points in an 18-candidate, all-party primary.

A Seattle Times poll released last week showed Murray slipping slightly, from 51 percent in a July survey to 49 percent now, with Smiley’s support increasing from 33 percent this summer to 41 percent now. The poll also finds that Smiley has improved with independents in the state, capturing 50 percent of their support to Murray’s 34 percent.

The national political environment currently favors Republicans in the midterms, and the fact that Democrats are spending to shore up an incumbent in a solidly blue state is not a good sign for them.

You have to give Smiley some credit. Who even thought Washington State was in play for a Republican? Smiley is ignoring the polls and is working hard to close the deal with voters.

The Seattle Times reports:

Tiffany Smiley tells Maple Valley crowd it’s time to ‘retire’ Murray

Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley told a raucous crowd in Maple Valley on Tuesday that it’s time to “retire” U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

“There’s a new mom in town,” said Smiley, playing off Murray’s “mom in tennis shoes” campaign motto when Murray first won her Senate seat in 1992.

Smiley, launching what her campaign calls a statewide bus tour in advance of the Nov. 8 election, made her first stop Tuesday night at a Maple Valley tavern where she spoke to 250 to 300 people, the event mainly focused on taking jabs at Democrats in power. The tour will make 46 stops in 28 counties across the state where Smiley plans to share her “message of hope and recovery,” according to her campaign.

Smiley, 41, was joined at the Red Dog Saloon by Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, a former military officer. Smiley’s husband, also a veteran, was left blind by a suicide bomber 17 years ago when he was serving in Iraq.

Smiley, who was joined onstage Tuesday by her husband, Scotty, recounted how she became interested in politics when she became his full-time caregiver and advocate. She became emotional when she spoke of his support throughout the campaign.

A poll from Kellyanne Conway finds this is still a close race.

If Smiley pulls this off it would be a seismic shift in politics.

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And that doesn’t count the millions the Cocaine Turtle is kicking in.

Sample text my former Democrat wife gets…

It’s Speaker Pelosi. My team just pulled your 2022 Democratic Membership status — can you take a look?

2022 DEMOCRATIC MEMBERSHIP STATUS: PENDING/CONFIRMED
SUGGESTED SUPPORT: $25 >> https://dccc-dem.gives/update-dem-status

I know I ask for a lot — but this is the most important election we’ve ever faced.

So I’d be more grateful than you could possibly know if you stepped up with a $25 gift to the DCCC to protect our House Majority.

Can I count on you to update your 2022 Democratic Membership before midnight?

https://dccc-dem.gives/update-dem-status

Thank you,
Nancy

Stop2End

They’re pouring in millions because they know the polls are crap and Murray’s probably behind. Could be they didn’t bother to set up the fraud machine because they thought her seat was safe.

Patty Murray hasn’t put forward even one reason why people should continue to vote for her. She needs to go.

I both voted for Smiley, and gave her some money.

Unfortunately, in Washington State, all voting is now mail in, and the left controls the counting. So, I am not holding my breath.

2smartforlibs | October 29, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Seems that safe seat isn’t so safe.

Maybe we’re not supposed to notice, but you can’t help seeing that every Republican female candidate looks like a former fashion model and every Democrat looks like the Wicked Witch of the West.

“The 30-year veteran of the Senate is facing a challenge from Republican Tiffany Smiley, a political newcomer whose campaign has seized on quality-of-life issues, from urban crime and homelessness to inflation, to tarnish Murray.”

Murray tarnished her(?)self by being there every time Biden put another screw in the coffin of the U.S.. Smiley is just pointing it out, in case you forgot

About as likely as Oregon electing a Republican Governor.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

See- Primary results… you know the election where conservatives tend to show up…. other than Herrara Butt-head being out, NOTHING changed.

See- 2020- Jay Inslee.

This is the state that passed 10 round mag limits.
This is the state that has about 6 police officers on trial for murder for during their job.
This is the state which overwhelmingly accepts boys using the girls bathroom.
This is the state where the “Seattle is Dying” documentary aired in 2018 and has accepted and gone with the crime wave ever since.

This is all pre-election click bait.

In IL for the winter … my WA ballot forwarded but wife’s didn’t so we have to chase it down. WA has done that once before to her.

The only thing I”ve heard from Murray about this election has been about abortion and a woman’s right to choose. Otherwise, nothing from her.

Kind of funny Smiley saying Murray is too old and time to retire her … as I recall, Slade Gorton pulled that crap with Warren Magnuson who had a brilliant response in an ad “so what if I’ve slowed down – the meeting can’t start until I get there anyway” or the like. Eventually it worked and Gordon was elected. Then along came Murray who did the same thing to Gorton.

Hope she gets retired. Murray is a dope.

Just gave Smiley $100. Go get ’em!

“Republicans seize” is always the framing.

So she’s another Republican seizer. If yur gonna seize, then seizing on quality of life issues like crime, homelessness and inflation seems like good things to seize.

Seizers gotta seize. I hope the alleged seizer succeeds in her seizing effort.

BierceAmbrose | October 30, 2022 at 5:05 pm

This is why you contest everything. Spread the field.

Money and attention on the “safe” races can’t be applied elsewhere, hijacks news cycles, and demoralizes the true believers.

Make enough of them close, and you’ll even win a few, with all that goes with that. Remember the ratchet — incumbents tend to win. That Texas seat won after >100 years is that much less likely to go back any time soon.