I got a couple of late night voicemails from folks on the Jeff Lewis race. A number of them suggested the race hinged on other dynamics than the Speaker. As you can probably tell from the first post, this is a race I really was not paying attention to.
Nonetheless, a few calls from some prominent GOP consultants, not to mention a couple of lobbyists, said that Battles did make the Speaker an issue.
Cumulatively, it looks like we have a situation where this might have been an “all politics is local” situation — local factors compounded with the Speaker issue. I’d note that this is, with the possible exception of Steve Davis’s race, the only one where the Speaker was even an issue.
The general consensus is that the Speaker is still safe, but it gives a few members of the caucus who’ve been privately agitating against him a new talking point.
Thanks to all those who were kind enough to leave messages and emails between 12am and 3am. Geez. Some of us were sleeping.
Oh, and apparently Rep. Steve Davis has won re-election in a squeaker.