A more open-minded analysis of Leinenkugel’s chances
WTMJ-AM’s Charlie Sykes jokingly suggested on the air today that the best and possibly only way Dick Leinenkugel could win over the crowd at Tea Party events is to make a two-word announcement: “Free beer!”
Steve Prestegard of Marketplace Magazine says Leinenkugels’ odds of winning the GOP nomination for Senate are better than suspected:
Leinenkugel has a better chance of winning the GOP nomination than you might think. Unless a Democrat has a vested interest in the lieutenant governor’s race or some legislative race, there is little need for to vote in the Democratic primary Sept. 14. With our state’s sort-of-open primary, voters can declare their party preference when they walk up to the polling place, and so anyone can declare as a Republican and vote for governor, Senate, the Eighth Congressional District primary. Leinenkugel thus could get enough votes from not-so-Republicans to win the primary.
And if Leinenkugel wants to run as a moderate, he arguably has a better chance of winning the election than Wall, who is not a moderate, or Westlake, who has no name recognition. Wall has been dealing with the issue of his tax payments, or lack thereof since he’s had no state tax liability, and if he wins the primary that is all you will see and hear in campaign ads paid for by his opponents.