Ben Quayle Concedes Race to David Schweikert

Categories: Election 2012
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Soon-to-be-former Congressman Ben Quayle and wife Tiffany.
Republican Congressman Ben Quayle's time in Congress officially has an expiration date.

Quayle broke the news to his supporters in Scottsdale at 10 p.m., announcing that he'd just conceded the primary race to fellow freshman Congressman David Schweikert.

Quayle stopped by the Scottsdale Plaza Resort for no more than five minutes and spoke to his supporters for just a fraction of that.

"I am very grateful for the thousands of Arizonans who voted for us tonight," Quayle said. "This has been a hard-fought race. We fought for the right principles, and we fought each day with honesty, integrity, and honor."

After the tabulation of the early-voting ballots was released shortly after 8 p.m. -- with Schweikert leading by around 4,000 votes -- it was pretty clear that Quayle had a lot of ground to cover.

According to our back-of-the-envelope calculation, the low turnout for people voting in-person today meant Quayle would've had to score the vote of somewhere in the neighborhood of three-quarters of people who showed up to the ballot box to catch Schweikert.

That didn't happen.

At the time of this post, Quayle was down about 3,500 votes, with 90 percent of the precincts in. By percent, Schweikert was up 53-47.


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dominatornaz_sgt
dominatornaz_sgt

Ben Quayle is the worst congressman in the history of The United States of America. I approve this message! 

Adam Nollmeyer
Adam Nollmeyer

#SOPA then #CISPA killed Quayle, but it's his own doing. I called his office several times asking for a rational and why he supported them. It was easy for semi-internet savvy people to see thru the hype, but he was too lazy to research or his donors wanted them to pass. And he paid for it. PS: NDAA position didn't help either.

Adam Nollmeyer
Adam Nollmeyer

#SOPA then #CISPA killed Quayle, but it's his own doing. I called his office several times asking for a rational and why he supported them. It was easy for semi-internet savvy people to see thru the hype, but he was too lazy to research or his donors wanted them to pass. And he paid for it. PS: NDAA position didn't help either.

rabbipedro
rabbipedro

I can't believe that Arizona would actually vote a borderline retarded Congressman out of office.

jeanjb
jeanjb

thank you jesus! and the voters!

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Ben did show a certain amount of class last night. Maybe now that he's actually seen the reality of the political world he will understand that simply threatening to kick the president's butt isn't enough to get a senatorial seat.....

Sue White
Sue White

I am not in this District, but I could not be happier for AZ that Schwiekert won, and I am a died-blue democrat. Baby Quayle was a nightmare and a disgrace to office, before and after his Mama worked her magic with the state Rethuglican elite to get Ben even close to the ballot last go around. Ryan is correct, above....

Ryan D Russell
Ryan D Russell

It was like choosing between going back to 1900 or 1850.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Ben, you can come out of the closet now.

Cozz
Cozz

One down, so many more to go

John
John

It's so emblematic that Quayle distances himself from his supporters and 'blesses' them with his presence for 5 minutes to concede, while apparently while I was watching the news, Schweikert was with his supporters and volunteers the entire evening.  Schweikert is not afraid to make himself available to his constituents and volunteers, knocking on doors himself, which motivates his followers to be loyal to him.  It's much more work to do it that way, but it works if you do it right.

 

Quayle's political values were very similar to Schweikert's on many issues, so the difference came down to who appeared to be the harder worker in campaigning (and while in Congress), and who is willing to listen and make himself more available for more opportunities to meet with him, and earn their vote and their trust.  Quayle was just too distant (as usual), and it was his downfall.  It's too bad Condi Rice, John Kyl, Huckabee and McCain failed to recognize the harder worker.  It shows a failure on their part to just endorse the son of an 'establishment Republican' (Dan) who was a friend, rather than understand what the dynamics were in the district.  I'm very disappointed with Quayle's endorsers.  Did these guys miss a little revolution that started a couple of years ago called the Tea Party?

 

For the people who voted for Quayle, I think you'll like Schweikert after the wounds from this tough election have healed.  He is a very hard worker, represents the District well, and his values are very similar to Quayle's.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

@Cozz . The real headline should be "Junior Potatoe Mashed!"

jeanjb
jeanjb

 @John

 thats the only thing wrong with this outcome!he has similar views,abortion,stem cell research,birth control,gutting social security,medical marijuana,taxing the middle class out of existance,you name it,these people hate it!

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @John

 Actually, I hate Schweikert.  I hate the 5 glossy mailers that I received from him in May that were clearly campaign pieces but were printed at taxpayer expense and mailed under the franking privilege (meaning, again, at tax payer expense).  I hate his uber-nasty campaigning - so nasty that my apolitical wife was motivated to actually call Schweikert's office to complain.  I hate how Schweikert makes grand pronouncements about how hard he is working but has no results to show for it.  I hate that Schweikart is oppositional for the sake of being oppositional and falls right in line between party leaders like Ryan without thinking for himself.   I hate Schweikart's bigoted, bible-thumping position on social issues.  At least Quayle turned out to be a softer, gentler version of this puke despite his stupid tough-guy TV ad in 2010.  No, I find nothing to like about Schweikert.

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