Steve Davis In Race For His Life

The biggest shocker of the evening might be that anti-transit fanatic Rep. Steve Davis (R-Sprawl) looks like he might just squeak by with 51% of the vote or so in the primary against challenger Trea Pipkin with 95% of precincts reporting.

Wow!

If I had known this was even close, I would have sent Pipkin a donation.

All I can say is … what a moron.

16 comments

  1. Jason Pye says:

    Davis overcame a lot to win the race. The rentseeking business community was against him and he had a complete dumbass for a campaign manager until he fired him with a few weeks left in the campaign.

    He had plenty of opportunity to go negative in this race and plenty of ammunition to fire, but he opted to run a positive race. He won and did it in a classy fashion.

  2. Will Hinton says:

    Jason: I know that you and Steve are friends. But all that Steve overcame in this race was himself. He is the incumbent; the deck is so stacked in his favor that he almost has to try in order to lose. I do think that Steve’s stance on traffic issues is a losing position that will eventually cost him his seat. He is out of touch with reality and while I can appreciate his free-market approach, his understanding of transportation issues is lacking to the point of making me wonder if he just rips off everything that Wendell Cox says.

  3. Jason Pye says:

    I’m sorry, Will, how many days did you spend in the 109th before the primary? Voters down here are not sold on rail and his opponent did not run in support of it, at least publicly.

    It was a divisive race. Davis beat a well-funded, business backed challenger with name recognition.

    The seat is competitive in two to four years, regardless of who holds the seat. The demographics of the district are changing and a conservative Democrat has a decent shot by 2010.

  4. gt7348b says:

    Jason, I think you’re right about a conservative Democrat, but as far as transit and rail in Henry County, why don’t you check out the results of an statistically significant survey of Henry County voters that shows they are recognize the value of transit at http://www.tpb.ga.gov. Additionally, how do explain that the new GRTA express bus lot in Stockbridge is full within less than six months of opening (500+ spaces, openned Feb ’08) if Henry residents don’t support transit? This is in addition to the already existing routes from McDonough and Hampton. Rep. Davis is clearly countering a shift in his electorate based upon their own choices.

  5. gt7348b says:

    Oh – and for the record, I personally spoke with over 160 people on one day in McDonough specifically regarding transit in four hours at the Geranium Festival on May 17th. While I spoke with people who had a variety of opinions regarding transit, both pro and con, the majority recognized that Henry County can not isolate itself from Atlanta and the best way to preserve the rural environment in Henry is either to have transit to the job centers or encourage people to move to urban areas rather than Henry County. I will admit that our location near the pony rides may have helped. 🙂

  6. gt7348b says:

    Oh – the Geranium Festival is great! Beautiful weather, great booths with local products (usually), lovely square – all that makes small town Georgia great.

  7. Decaturguy says:

    Jason,

    What is Steve Davis’ problem with the business community? I thought supposedly conservative Republicans were supposed to have support from the business community. Must be a problem there that does not bode well for Davis.

    The reality is that Steve Davis’ isolationist views and hatred of Atlanta is out of touch and out of step from his district. He also has a big mouth and says a lot of stupid stuff. That might work if he represented South Georgia … unfortunately he represents increasingly urban Henry County.

    His days are numbered.

  8. Decaturguy says:

    I will also note that while Pipkin did raise quite a bit of money for a challenger, according to their disclosure statements, Davis did as well (mostly from PAC’s who lobby him in the legislature and other politicians) and Pipkin raised over $8,500 from donors giving $101 or less while Davis only raised less than $2,000 from contributors who have $101 or less.

  9. atlantaman says:

    Always good for a laugh Icarus.

    If only the geranium festival and the begonia festival did not fall on the same day.

  10. Jason Pye says:

    What is Steve Davis’ problem with the business community? I thought supposedly conservative Republicans were supposed to have support from the business community. Must be a problem there that does not bode well for Davis.

    The Chamber in Henry County is predominately run by Democrats (Kay Pippin, who ran as a Democrat against John Lunsford in 2000 or 2002, and Judy Neal, also a Democrat) and rentseeking developers (Davis opposed the TAD amendment).

    What is “good for business” isn’t always good for taxpayers.

    I will also note that while Pipkin did raise quite a bit of money for a challenger…

    Yes, he did. His father has served as Tax Commissioner in Henry County for more than 20 years and he comes from a prominent family. He is also a lawyer and received a lot of money from lawyers inside the county.

    This was the best shot that they had against Davis and they lost, though it was close, and a close election is something everyone expected, myself included, long before a single vote was cast.

    The entire county has been slowly trending towards Democrats over the last eight years. A well-organized, conservative Democrat could have taken the commission seats that were up in 2006, but the candidates they ran were either insane or incompetent. As the demographics continue to change, it will become tougher for any Republican to keep office in the county.

  11. Jason Pye says:

    Josh Patterson, a friend that I allow to post on my blog, predicted the 60% to 40% (his name was on the post twice, don’t see how you missed that). He was helping me cover the election and he made predictions. He also picked Barry Fleming to beat Paul Broun.

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