State GOP predicts ‘red wave’ in 2022, plans to kick off campaign Monday

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

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With just over a year until the next big election, the Delaware Republican Party has announced a campaign season kickoff with action items for every day until Nov. 8, 2022.

The free rally will be held on Monday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nobles Pond, located at 13 Nobles Pond Crossing in Dover.

The event will feature free food and drink, activities for children, a cash bar and an opportunity to mingle with the candidates.

Some may even announce their candidacy at the rally, said Jane Brady, the state party chair.

She said in the wake of Republican Glenn Youngkin’s underdog victory in the Virginia governor’s race and a shocking Republican turnout in the New Jersey election, the odds of a Republican comeback in Delaware have never been better.

In Virginia, Republicans won back control of the state’s executive branch, sweeping all three statewide elected positions on the ballot, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. They’re also poised to take back control of the state’s House of Delegates. Democrats maintain a slight lead in the State Senate.

In New Jersey, a closer-than-expected election gave the state’s incumbent Democratic governor Phil Murphy a slim lead over his Republican challenger, Jack Ciattarelli. Murphy won by about 45,000 in an election that drew 2.45 million voters. That despite polls showing Murphy maintained a comfortable lead over Ciattarelli until the end — as much as 11 points according to a Monmouth University poll released the week before the election.

“New Jersey is really a bellwether more than Virginia even because there wasn’t a lot of national media attention on that race and it was a populist uprising,” Brady said. “That’s what will make the difference. It proves the Republican Party is the party of working people, of the family, the regular guy on the street. That’s who the Republican Party represents.”

She said the national political scene is driving voters away from the Democratic Party.

“People want to protect their country, protect what America stands for — the real principles which are equally applied to everyone,” she said. “Those principles truly are the hallmark of what has made America prosperous for so many.”

Values like freedom and individual liberty are “under attack,” by the political left, according to Brady, who said that there is “real, serious talk in the socialist and communist communities about the gains they think they’re going to make in Delaware and beyond and they’re very concerning to most people in this country.”

The event will serve as the kickoff for the party’s “365 and Counting” plan which includes daily action steps for candidates, voters and volunteers to take every day until Nov. 8, 2022 — all with the aim of duplicating Republican achievements in Virginia and New Jersey.

Over 200 Delawareans have already signed up to attend the Republican rally, according to Brady.

Delaware LIVE News/Town Square Delaware offered the Delaware Democratic Party the opportunity to share their election kickoff plans but repeated efforts to reach the party were unsuccessful.

The Delaware Democratic Party website indicates that they will hold a sold-out “Blue Wave Gala,” hosted by the 14th Rep. District Democrats on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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