As it turns out, Republicans in Congressional District 4 apparently have a better relationship with reality than those in San Tan Valley because Babeu’s Congressional fund raising suddenly dried up. He was forced to lower his sights and run for a second term as sheriff while facing a more than $3 million budget deficit and a number of federal investigations ranging from the FBI to the Pentagon.
Not only is Babeu carrying around a lot of ugly baggage, but all three of his Republican challengers have more law enforcement experience and better qualifications than he.
Still, many pundits believe Babeu can prevail in the Pinal County Republican Primary because... well, frankly, because of his large base of outpatient conservatives in places like San Tan Valley, Saddlebrooke, Maricopa and Arizona City.
Pinal County has 53,000 registered Republicans, but unless they can get together behind one candidate next month, the field of four will dilute the vote enough to allow Babeu’s delusional followers to give him the Party nomination.
But, then there’s the November General Election which would narrow the field to one Independent, one Democrat and one Babeu. He’d be facing 160,000 registered voters, two-thirds of which are not Republicans... and even the normal Republicans won’t be forced to vote for a Democrat yikes!). They can vote for Independent Ty Morgan.
That’s a reality.
By Ed Barker