As the election enters its final days, at least a few precedents have fallen by the wayside. The public’s reliance on polls to see where the candidates stand has the media putting out continuous conflicting reports of more than a couple of percentage points. Of course, at times when the rancor quiets down, the polls do stabilize and readers can get a clear view of the anticipated results.
Yet with upheaval becoming a common sight, it isn’t likely that there will be much calm before the voting booths open.
On the Republican side, when news about the Donald Trump and Billy Bush audio tape broke, several candidates decided that they would not actively support his candidacy in their intended districts and states.
Here is a roundup of what the current thoughts of some of those people are:
In Idaho, Mike Crapo, who is known for his commitment to building the local economy has decided that despite that fact that he was not interested in being vocally supportive of Trump after the tape was broadcast, he will focus on doing the right thing to ensure that the Supreme Court remains balanced and the goals of Republicans in Idaho will be met. Crapo will therefore vote for Trump and considers his choice to be one that will end up providing better results for his constituents.
Another Idaho politician in Washington, Congressman Mike Simpson, has made it known that he feels that neither choice is acceptable in this year’s race. He is particularly disappointed that Trump has taken political discourse to new lows because he is interested in promoting participation in politics- something that can’t be well accomplished without politicians behaving as positive role models. As for Hilary, he maintains that her inability to follow security protocol leaves him unenthusiastic about seeing her enter the White House.
Senator John McCain is no stranger to partisan politics- but he came out and issued a statement last month that he will not be inclined to endorse Mr. Trump’s candidacy because he and his family have been promoting women’s rights and are not comfortable in assuming that there will not be any potential problems should Trump come away with a victory in the general election.
A day later, one of Mr Trump’s strongest supporters in Arizona, Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa county sheriff, decided that he to would find a different route to supporting the election of the next President. He used social media to note that his ballot will not be wasted as he is going to vote for Mike Pence, the vice-presidential candidate instead.
Most politicians in Montana that are close to their party structure do not believe that there is anything to be gained by dumping either of the primary candidates before the election. They are active. They are engaged. And the problems that have been exposed by either candidate do not phase them. They are instead looking at ensuring that Montana retains its clout in Washington DC- and they have plenty of confidence that the Trump will create an atmosphere that will benefit their constituents.
One politician, Ryan Zinke, a congressman, has pointed out that recently that the values that Hilary Clinton stands for are not always square with the lifestyles of many Montanans who hunt and enjoy the great outdoors near their home.
Overall, the Trump bandwagon may not be picking up Republican Washington politicians in droves, but it is now gaining enough quiet support that the candidate has starting putting staffers back to work in battleground states that they thought were lost a couple of weeks ago.