Image: Compared to other suburban counties, Montgomery County’s voter turnout lags significantly behind, according to data, which Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughes has compiled as of the close of business on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe and Texas, October 26 – Among the major suburban counties in Texas, Montgomery County lags far behind in voter turnout as a percentage of registered voters as of the close of business, Saturday, October 24, 2020, for the November 3 General Election. The absence of Republican volunteers at Early Voting locations across Montgomery County is striking, especially compared to the Republican Party’s 2018 effort.
“The Montgomery County Republican Party’s Victory 2020 effort is an embarrassing failure,” said Ginger Russell, a Republican Precinct Chair and Magnolia Area Coordinator. “Even the Republican-leaning political action committees don’t appear to have much of a presence at the early voting polling locations. It’s almost like something has sapped the energy out of the local Republican Party entirely.”
State Representative Steve Toth, Republican of Conroe, has repeatedly referred to Montgomery County as the “epicenter” of the 2020 presidential election, because President Donald Trump cannot win re-election to the White House without Texas’ 38 Electoral College votes and Montgomery County delivered 42% of United States Senator Ted Cruz’ victory margin statewide in 2018. Montgomery County is a suburban county to the Greater Houston area with gigantic population center The Woodlands touching parts of Houston while littler New Caney in southeast Montgomery County is adjacent to the Kingwood portions of Houston.
This newspaper predicted last Tuesday, October 20, 2020, that President Trump would receive approximately 65% of the Montgomery County vote in the November 3 Election. Please see https://thegoldenhammer.net/the-golden-hammer-calls-the-november-3-2020-general-election/
As a result, there is a very significant burden on the Montgomery County Republican Party (MCRP) to deliver a high voter turnout. So far, MCRP has failed mightily in that effort compared to other suburban counties. Collin County and Denton County, both suburbs of Dallas, have delivered huge Early Voting turnouts so far, 50.14% of registered voters and 47.73% of registered voters, respectively. Fort Bend County, which is a suburb of Houston, has delivered 46.0% of registered voters in Early Voting as of Saturday night, while Williamson County, a suburb of Austin, has enjoyed a 46.96% turnout.
Montgomery County’s 41.05% turnout during Early Voting as a percentage of total registered voters is a full five percentage points behind those other communities all of which lagged behind Montgomery County in performance during the 2018 General Election.
By this point in time, two years ago, Montgomery County’s Victory Committee had knocked on over 15,000 doors to get out the vote for the Republican slate of candidates. This year, however, the Party didn’t knock on doors at all. By this point in time, two years ago, the Victory 2018 Committee had raised over $20,000 in private donations. MCRP has failed to conduct fundraising for the 2020 Election.
The Victory 2018 Committee had swept Montgomery County with signs, pushcards, and direct-mail flyers. This year, the only Republican Party signs at Early Voting locations are a few of the 2018 signs reused from the election two years ago.
The most visible difference between 2018 and 2020, however, is at the Early Voting locations themselves. In 2018, an army of conservative activist volunteers worked the polls to hand out pushcarts and canvass for Republican candidates. In 2020, however, the only people working the polls, other than a few exceptions, are candidates who are actually on the ballot or their family members.
There are definitely a few conservative stalwarts who are trying to cover the deficiency of Republican pollworkers. Jon Bouche, who narrowly lost his bid for MCRP Chairman in the March Republican Primary Election, has worked the polls at the south Montgomery County Community Center, the largest Early Voting location in number of voters in Texas. Bouche has worked every day, even though he holds no MCRP position and is not on the ballot otherwise. Similarly, Cindy Gaskill, Kevin Williams, Joshua Bennink, Ginger Russell, and Robin Dupuy have worked the polls. Their commitment to Republican principles is among the strongest.
Absent entirely from the Early Voting polls, however, have been Montgomery County’s political establishment and its censured organization, the so-called “Republican Voters of Texas PAC.” While that organization worked very hard in the March Primary Election to eliminate conservatives from leadership positions in the Republican party, they have failed completely to return to the polls to campaign for Republican candidates in the November 3 General Election.
Bouche reminded voters on social media early last week, “In 2018, the local Montgomery County Republican Party formally reprimanded the Republican Voters of Texas PAC for dirty electioneering and working alongside Democrats to fight Republicans in the General Election.” Bouche has repeatedly noted in his social media posts that the members of that organization took over the local Republican Party but have failed to work in the General Election.
Certain local elections, such as the Conroe Mayor and City Council races, have drawn substantial voter turnout. Sadly, the Montgomery County Republican Party has utterly failed to do its job to bring out voters to support President Trump’s re-election in what may be one of the most stark choices for American voters in history.