Many of us become Precinct Committeemen for just one reason: because we hopefully envision a primary challenge for a current elected official.
This short article is simply to inform you that your hopes for change in your local elections have a basis in fact and reality. You can do this!
Many of us consider our effort at an automatic disadvantage when considering a primary challenge for a politician we dislike, or who is not serving our community’s interests. We know the politician has built-in name recognition and the manifest advantages of incumbency. Thus, we often defeat ourselves in our own minds before we seriously consider locating a primary challenger candidate. This articles sets forth the truth about how easy it really is to advance a primary challenger against an entrenched incumbent. Let’s not allow our own thoughts to defeat us before we begin.
In the video below, Michael Smith of Texas’ Heritage Alliance talks about the ‘Three Open Secrets’ of primary elections and just how easy they are to win.
We’ll cut to the chase for you here: only about 10% of qualified voters actually vote in most primary elections. Thus, a primary can usually be won with only 5% + 1 of the party votes in the district. When you break it down into precincts, it looks even easier. If there are 300 party members in your precinct, that means only 15 voters are making the real decision for your primary in your precinct. Let’s add a 2% fudge factor for certain victory and call it 21 + 1 voters for victory.
Can you and your team persuade 22 voters out of every 300 in your precinct? I think you can!
Let Micheal Smith tell the full story: