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Why Do Republicans Win Elections?

Why Do Republicans Win Elections?

Why DO Republicans win elections?  That seems to be a reasonable question when you look at the numbers.  The American public is demographically 31 percent Democrat and 25 percent Republican.  That is a significant difference – about 20 million potential voters.  But the biggest voting group is neither.  Forty-one percent of us are non-affiliated – independents.  That leaves a few folks belonging to marginal third parties – Libertarian, Socialist, Green and even Communist.

There is a general assumption that the independents tend to lean Democrat when it comes to voting.  That narrative is perpetrated by the elitist media ad nauseum.  It is wishful thinking.  You know … trying to make it true by saying so. 

If it were true, then Republicans would most certainly get trounced for elective offices up and down the ballot.  It would harken back to the 1930s when Democrats dominated virtually every major branch of government.  Republicans cannot win with out a sizeable chunk of the non-affiliated voters.

But every pollster caring enough to ask the right questions shows that the independent polarity is composed of a lot of “leaners” – folks who do not wish to join either party but have beliefs more in line with one or the other.  And at the core of the independents are those who switch back and forth between the parties.

But why do the switch? 

That should be obvious.  Since the independents are – by nature – not partisan loyalists, they select candidates who best represent their philosophic views –conservative or liberal.  They vote their beliefs.  And that is where it gets interesting.

It seems that most independents tend to favor conservative values.  So, they are inclined to vote with the Republicans more than not.  This is where the GOP closes the gap between the 102.3 million Democrats and the 82.5 million Republicans.

State elections can be concentrations of one-party voters.  That is why we talk about red states and blue states.  It is in the presidential elections where we see the GOP pick up independent voters.  If independents leaned left – as we are led to believe – there is no way a Republican candidate for president could even come close – not even close enough to win the Electoral College vote.

Because of the controversy over the 2020 presidential election, I shall eliminate it from this analysis.

You may have heard from media pundits and reporters that Republicans have not won a majority of the voters since President Reagan.  That is provably not true.  In fact, every winning Republican presidential candidate since 1960 has won with a majority of the vote.  The only exception on either side was President Clinton who won both of his elections with less than 50 percent of the vote.

We also must remember that going into the 2016 presidential election, the party with the lowest demographic membership – excluding the marginal parties – had control of two-thirds of the governorship and state legislatures, both house of Congress and thousands of state and local offices. 

There was even pundit speculation at the time that should the Democrats lose the White House in 2016, they would be relegated to a regional bi-coastal party anchored in New York and California.  And the GOP took the White House with one of the most controversial and unlikely candidates since Abraham Lincoln.  Not bad for a party with allegedly no grassroots support.

One of the explanations why so many conservative-oriented individuals do not become Republicans is the constant demonization Republicans get from the biased media. 

Republicans – and especially conservative Republicans – are deemed to be heartless, racists, xenophobes, homophobes, misogynists, etc. in the grind of daily news narratives.  It is the values … the issues … that drive their vote.  So, they avoid the party label, but vote for the GOP candidates.  Some have labeled them the “silent majority” – or at least the majority makers.

That may also be true of those signed up as Democrats.  We know from past elections that there is a significant number of Democrats who hold conservative values – and cross party lines to vote those values.  They were once called the “Reagan Democrats,” and they helped propel the former Hollywood actor into the Oval Office.  They have been part of the Republican coalition since then – despite the best efforts of union leaders to keep their members in the donkey party.

In 2020, Republican candidates did far better than the media pundits predicted – and even the most Democrat media pundits are saying that the GOP favored to take back the House.

Trump is an important player in the future of the GOP.  He has a loyal following.  He needs to make sure they stay in the ranks of the GOP – along with those conservatives who make the issues the primary motivation.  That excludes the apostates who jumped ship because of Trump only to aid and abet the radical liberal democrats.  As far as I am concerned their Republican/conservative membership is cancelled.  When a soldier deserts to the other side, we do not call him a patriot.

So, what is the lesson to be learned?  It is the issues, Stupid.  If Republican candidates concentrate on mainstay conservative issues and the future – not personalities and the past – 2022 will be a great year for the Grand Old Party.

So, there ‘tis,

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Ben


  2. Lee

    I agree with you, Larry! I have always considered myself an Independent, with conservative values. In the past I felt both Democrat & Republican parties were for the good of the country, but with different beliefs on
    how to achieve their mission. That is not what’s happening today! The destruction of our country & it’s core values is eminent! When I see so many people being manipulated & misled by the media, that they can’t even stop & question, think for themselves….it’s very scary!!

    • Ben

      Lee, you’re talking about Foxitis, the Qanon , and the trump cult, right?

  3. Ben

    Larry, why is Moscow Mitch so afraid of forming the 1-6 commission? So afraid that he is calling in personal political favors for republicans to vote against it?
    What is he so afraid of?

    • Richard

      The 1-6 Commission would be a Pelosi “Dog and Donkey Show” for only one purpose – level more unfounded accusations at conservatives and politicize the process. If the Dems truly want to form a commission to look at ‘terrorists’, then let’s have a truly bipartisan group look at all of the events in 2020 leading up to and through the election, including Antifa and BLM ‘peaceful protests’, groups holding citizens hostage in portions of their own cities while they terrorize those neighborhoods, etc, etc.

      • Ben

        I remember when republicans bragged about the Benghazi hearings hurting Hillary Clinton’s political standing. Talk about a donkey show.

        Unlike Benghazi, Im not even asking for 6 investigations, just one. I keep reading on this site that 1-6 was perpetrated by AntiFa and BLM activists. If that’s the case, why are republicans blocking the commission that would counter the media’s narrative and expose the real culprits ?

  4. Tony Bell

    Republicans need very badly to learn and develop communication methods that make the conservative values and stance on issues unmistakable to the voters. This has been a weak point and if corrected, insures a controlling majority for the foreseeable future.

    • art

      It’s hard when the Left controls the Media

  5. Ben

    Larry, I can’t express how disappointed I am that you aren’t replying to me anymore. Makes me want to post more!

  6. jedidiah manowitz

    Real Republicans win elections. RINOs and neocons lose elections for the grumpy old pervert party.
    Most of the independents are true conservatives that got run off from the gop and started parties for the people not for the establishment.

  7. art

    The real question is why do democrats cheat in elections

    • Ben

      The real, real question is why haven’t the republicans shown any proof of this supposed cheating.
      And why, if trump thought there was cheating in 2016, why did he not allow the Voter Fraud Commission to finish their job?