(PatriotWise.com)- Super PACs aligned with the Democrat Party have been sinking millions into Republican primary races to promote candidates the Democrats believe they can defeat in November. And in last Tuesday’s primary, the Democrats’ election meddling had mixed results.
In Illinois, state Senator Darren Bailey, the Republican gubernatorial candidate promoted by Democrat-aligned groups succeeded in winning last Tuesday’s primary to face Democrat incumbent Governor JB Pritzker in November.
Bailey defeated Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin by nearly 43 points and was helped along the way by the Democratic Governors’ Association and Pritzker who ran ads attacking Irvin as being soft on crime.
But Democrats failed to secure wins for two Republican congressional candidates they were pushing in Colorado, state Rep. Ron Hanks and Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine.
So far this primary season, Democrats have spent over $42 million on advertising in Republican primaries. The objective is clear: promote Republicans bound to lose to a Democrat in November.
For a party that claims it is protecting “democracy,” the Democrat Party has no problem trying to stick its thumb on the scale in Republican primaries.
In one of the Colorado congressional races, businessman Joe O’Dea defeated Ron Hanks despite the Democrats’ best efforts to promote Hanks. The Democrats wanted Hanks because he was at the Capitol on January 6 and has claimed the 2020 election was stolen, therefore, the Democrat candidate in November could paint him as a far-right extremist.
O’Dea defeated Hanks by nine points, despite the Super PAC Democratic Colorado spending money to get Hanks elected.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that Democrat groups have failed to properly mark mailers or disclose spending on these campaigns to meddle in Republican primaries.
The Democratic Colorado Super PAC only registered with the FEC on June 2, just weeks before the Colorado primary, so no disclosures have been reported as yet. However, it appears the PAC spent as much as $4 million on advertising ahead of last week’s primary.
In Colorado’s 8th Congressional District, Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC ran ads boosting Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine.
One ad from Pelosi’s PAC played up Saine’s support for Trump and her opposition to abortion and gun control. Ultimately, however, state Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer won the primary while Saine came in third.
Meanwhile, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schultz claimed last Wednesday that the Democratic Governors’ Association has booked over a million dollars in advertising to promote her primary challenger Republican Dan Cox.