Hugh Hewitt: ‘US voters will swing to whichever simple narrative they like best’

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Hugh Hewitt: ‘US voters will swing to whichever simple narrative they like best’


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (L) upon arriving at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (L) upon arriving at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The “closing argument” is a cliché of campaign season. But there is truth at its core. Many US voters tune in just for the last few days before Election Day. They look up from lives pressed by the needs of families and friends, aging parents, struggling students and high-school football to ask: for whom should I vote? Candidates and campaigns have to make closing appeals to those newly opened ears.

Really attentive voters chose long ago, of course, because almost every race is between vastly different candidates. Take the Arizona Senate race. There is hardly a starker choice than the one between Republican Martha McSally, a retired air force colonel and first female fighter pilot to fly in combat for the United States, and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, the hard-left, anti-war, stay-at-home-mother-insulting, condescending radical who has spent nearly six years in Congress pretending to be a moderate. The campaigns have been locked in political combat for months.

But still, some Arizona voters will have missed the candidates’ biographies and a thousand TV and social media ads. Their choice will depend not on either candidates’ personal qualities but on the national political environment.

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