Run elections like Florida! Jesse Watters’ post-midterm takeaways

Anyone can see that Florida’s election on Tuesday was run in the most exemplary way. In the vernacular of former President Donald Trump, it was the most perfect election in the history of our country. Trump might have actually said that, were his likely 2024 rival not the chief architect and benefactor of the state’s success.

Fox News host and wordsmith Jesse Watters summarized it even better.

“We need to run every election like Florida, don’t we? We found out who won early that night. The vote is secure. We have confidence in it, and we don’t have to wait days to find out who won, which makes people suspicious and it particularly annoys me.”

Florida, Texas, and Ohio are large, Republican-run states. Their elections were smooth as silk. But they are still “counting” in other places where many feel corrupt and convoluted processes seem to purposely subvert what should be simple and binary.

“Arizona is tricky,” said Watters on his “Primetime” broadcast Wednesday night.

Truer words were never spoken. The state comes off like some kind of primeval enclave during general elections. They have forgotten the basics there, which should be as simple as eating: buy food, prepare food, eat food. Election Day should be just as simple: open polls, people vote, count votes. That is far too simplistic for Arizona, where endless complications are required by law, and where officials apparently don’t know how to work with ink.

“There were some shenanigans in Maricopa County, or incompetence, we don’t even know,” said Watters. “Twenty percent of voting stations in that county had machines that ran out of ink.”

Watters continued his analysis of that contest by pointing out that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs is the Secretary of State in Arizona.

“She is in charge of elections, and there was an ink shortage in Maricopa County. The county that decides the race. And they were short ink. The day most Republicans vote. Election Day. Where did you hide the ink, Katie? I’m just kidding. I’m sure it was an honest mistake,” Watters quipped.

“Now, [Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari] Lake is down just 4,000 votes,” added Watters before some more votes were counted, bringing the current tally to a 13,000-vote advantage for Hobbs.But there’s tons more to come in and it’s basically a dead heat. But most people think Lake is going to pull this out.”

There are final results in most states, including even Pennsylvania, which has to be embarrassing for Arizona. In the past, Arizona could say, sure, we’re not great at this. But at least we’re not Pennsylvania. At least we don’t have a scourge like Philadelphia with all its corruption. (Actually, Arizona ran neck-and-neck with Pennsylvania in 2020 for the distinction of ‘most corrupt.’) But with this year’s chicanery, we have a new champion. Even as the results in the Pennsylvania Senate race were so unbelievable. Maybe their corruption is just more refined now, while Arizona is still working out the kinks on theirs.

Speaking of results, Watters also gave a rather dubious shout-out to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“McConnell spent close to $400 million on these Senate candidates. I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, but that’s a lot of money. We didn’t pick up a single seat? So, either some of these candidates are garbage or the money is not being well-spent,” he said.

He later pointed out that McConnell allocated a lot of money to candidates who won easily while snubbing Blake Masters, the genuine, all-American Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona. Shame.


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