From Friends of Art Helton:
Some post primary election analysis in response to my supporters and friends who could not believe that I lost my Senate Election Race. With over 400 voters polled, my polling from June 9th through June 19th showed me ahead by 45% to my opponent’s 25% with 30% undecided. What happened when they voted???
Well, they did not vote in the proportions tested with the poll. In my exit review I found 3 critical differences. The turnout was terrible with only about 23% in my district. In spite of many highly qualified African American candidates on the ballot, the African American turnout was awful. For example…The two precincts with the highest percentage of African American registered voters (1-01 and 1-06 in Edgewood) had less than a 10% turnout. Similar turnouts occurred in other neighborhoods.
Lastly, let me give you some names of victors in the Democratic Primary: Mary-Dulany James, Mary Ann Lisanti, Marla Posey-Moss, Cassandra Beverley, Gina Kasimir, Barbara Kreamer, Laura Runyeon, Alysson Krchnavy, Nancy Reynolds, and Rachel Gauthier. What do all of these candidates have in common? They are all women and a quality group when viewed collectively. In the Democratic Primary, not one woman lost unless challenged by another woman.
Here is the fatal result for my candidacy and other men…The percentage of women voting in the Democratic Primary was 63.4%. You can view the results and draw your own conclusions. Again, my most heartfelt THANK YOU to those that believed in me and my populace message and promise to fairly represent all of our citizens regardless of their station in life.