In Key California House Races, Republicans Are Voting Early and in Large Numbers
- Voting has been heavy andright now, in California,
it is even favoring theRepublicans in key races.
However, analysts say it's still early
and there's much more voting ahead.
Joining us now to discussthe vote is Jenna Ellis.
She's the Director of Policy
with the James Dobson Family Institute.
Jenna, what can you tellus about early voting
across the country?
- Well, already, the polls are showing
that there are recordturnouts in over 22 states,
in Texas in particular,that, the senate race
between Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz
has been one that hasgained national attention.
But what I think we'reseeing primarily, Mark,
is that so many of thepeople who were hesitant
on the Republican, theEvangelical, the Conservative side,
who thought about maybeeither voting third party
or abstaining and not even voting at all
are coming out and aresaying, you know what?
This is so important, weare getting to the polls,
we're making sure tohave our voices heard,
because they saw the impactof the 2016 election.
So, I'm very encouragedthat we're seeing such
a record number here in 2018.
- Your organization has hadto Get Out the Vote initiative
going across the nation,what are your folks seeing?
Can you elaborate a little bit more
as they rally the voters?
- Yes, so (voice garbles) has really been
strongly encouraging toevery Evangelical Christian
to get out and vote,
because this is the mostimportant midterm election,
he has said, throughout his lifetime,
and we're seeing that because
of the sanctity of life issues,
the protection for religious freedom,
and making sure that wecan preserve and protect
family values for generations to come.
And our constituents have just given us
some overwhelming responseabout how they are praying,
they are engaging, and theyare getting out and voting,
and so, we've been very encouraged to see
that so many people are respondingto Dr. Dobson's message,
and they are getting out and voting.
- What are your thoughts onthe polls, the Blue Wave,
and Democrats possibly taking the House?
- That is a potential possibility,
and I think that's why theJames Dobson Family Institute
and other Evangelicalorganizations have so strongly
encouraged Evangelicalsto get out and vote.
I wrote a blog for ourDobson Policy Center website,
you can find that atdobsonfamilyinstitute.com,
talking about why Christianshave a moral duty to vote,
and so, there is the possibility
that the Democrats willtake back the House.
And if that happens, we'llnot only see a change
in leadership, but we'llalso see just a complete
halting in the great strides
that this particular administration
has made for issueslike religious freedom,
for parental rights, forthe sanctity of life,
and for so many thingsthat really fundamentally
go to the heart of whyAmerica is such a wonderful
country to live in,
and so, we're going tosee if that does happen.
So many things over the next two years
that not only will be halted,
but then the focus from theDemocrats is going to be
on impeaching President Trump,
potentially impeaching Justice Kavanaugh
with absolutely no legal basis,
and really putting forward aprogressive, leftist agenda
that is not going to be helpfulfor families in America.
So, hopefully, people will(voice garbles) encouraged
to just see the differencesbetween the parties
and get out and vote.
And, again, the Dobson PolicyCenter hasn't encouraged
a particular candidate orendorsed a particular candidate.
We've (voice garbles) shown and identified
and highlighted the major differences
between the two political parties.
- Now, you've already talked a lot
about why the election inparticular is so important.
Are there any ballotinitiatives affecting families
that you are watching right now?
- Well, we're watching veryclosely all of the states,
as well as, of course,the federal elections,
but this isn't just aboutthe federal elections.
Of course it is important,as we have already talked
(voice garbles) the Houseto the nation as a whole.
But everyone needs to recognize
that there are veryimportant ballot initiatives
every single election inyour state and local ballot.
Here, in Colorado, wehave several potential
constitutional amendments,we have some propositions,
we have initiativesthat are on the ballot.
Everyone needs to take the time
in their local state and community
to engage and be informed, and say,
how is this going to impact my family?
Because every law, everysingle person we put in office
is going to shape our community somehow,
and that will touch andconcern you locally,
and it will touch andconcern America nationally.
So, everyone needs to beaware of what's going on
in their state and localcommunity, not just nationally.
- Alright, Jenna Elliswith the James Dobson
Family Institute, thankyou for your time, Jenna.