October 26, 2010
The 2010 elections are almost upon us, and they look interesting.
How will the composition of Congress change? When the elections are over, how many seats will the Democrats have, how many will the Republicans have?
How will it affect the balance of power?
Besides Congress, there are other interesting things happening throughout the nation, including various state questions and gubernatorial elections.
Among the latter is the three-way race going on in the state of Colorado.
The candidate of the Democratic Party is John Hickenlooper, current mayor of Denver. The Republican candidate is Dan Maes. And Tom Tancredo is running on the Constitution Party ticket.
Tom Tancredo was a representative in Congress from the state of Colorado for ten years, and is best known for his fight against illegal immigration.
According to a poll published on October 22nd, Republican Maes is being left behind with 9% of the vote, but Tancredo (at 43%) and Hickenlooper (at 44%) practically in a tie. That means that Tancredo, running on the ticket of a small third party, could actually win this election. That could really shake up both parties – both of which could really stand some shaking up.
The current situation turns the conventional wisdom on its head. The conventional wisdom is that, by running as a third party candidate, Tancredo is taking votes away from the official Republican candidate. However, with Maes at 9% and Tancredo at 43%, it’s now Maes who is taking votes away from Tancredo! In fact, Tancredo has called on Maes to drop out of the race, since presumably, most of his supporters would vote for Tancredo.
Tancredo has been hitting Hickenlooper hard on the illegal alien situation. Denver, the city of which Hickenlooper is mayor, is a city with a “sanctuary policy” for illegal aliens (like many large American cities). Furthermore, an illegal alien employee in Hickenlooper’s own restaurant murdered a police officer in 2005.
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November 2nd is not far off. Will Tancredo win it? It really looks as though he could.
What would a Tancredo victory mean? It would shake up both political parties. It sends a message – if you take conservatives for granted, there might be other options.
Imagine what Tom might do as governor of Colorado. It would certainly be something to watch. Stay tuned…
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Allan Wall recently returned to the U.S. after residing many years in Mexico.