The Thrill is Gone: Did moderate voters grow complacent in 2018?


Maybe moderate voters just aren’t as angry any more. Or maybe conservatives are just angrier.

Two years after moderate Republicans swept into the statehouse promising to repair a state government crippled by deep tax cuts, they were dealt defeats in a primary election where conservatives took back seats they lost in 2016.

Overall, conservatives defeated five moderate incumbents in last week’s Republican primary, including four who were elected in the moderate wave two years ago. A sixth moderate, state Rep. Steve Becker, trails by five votes and must wait until provisional ballots are counted late this week.

Conservatives . . .


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