Democrat Beth Farnham ran a write-in campaign against incumbent Representative in Congress for the 13th District, Republican John Joyce. Preliminary numbers suggest she received about 3,000 votes although Joyce won the contest.
This write-in campaign was always a long shot since its inception three weeks ago. However, my numbers would not be where they are today without the fantastic support that propelled it early on. From members of the Adams County Democratic Committee and its supporters, to friends old and new, near and far, across District 13, everyone who shared the campaign made the difference in the number of votes accrued. Not only does this speak to how hard people worked to get the word out, it reflects our deep desire to have a Democratic candidate in this race.
During this whirlwind of a campaign, I ran across several voters who expressed relief at having an alternative to an election-denying, anti-choice Republican, as is incumbent John Joyce. Even though many understood the odds, the issues were too precious to voters to simply relinquish to John Joyce without a fight. Like me, many voters will not hand over our precious democracy, nor our bodily autonomy.
Considering their divorce from reality, rejection of accountability, and aversion to democracy as they slide further into conspiracy theories, Republicans are not only failing to draw inmore voters, but beginning to alienate their own. This is evidenced by the Republican inability to predict the landslide win of governor-elect Josh Shapiro, and the victory for senator-elect John Fetterman as Republicans foolishly kept proclaiming a “Red Wave” that didn’t happen.
For the future, Democrats need only to improve our underlying committee structure and use it to keep reaching younger and newer voters. If this is what our party can achieve in a last minute write-in campaign, imagine what we will accomplish with a well-organized one over two years. Democrats already have Truth, Justice, and the American Way on our side. We just have to keep reminding folks.