My Opinion(s) on the Race for the 26th
A. I think Matt Lohr will win. I think this because of the political makeup of the district and the closeness of both candidates on so many issues (implying there is no reason for people to crossover parties).
That is different from whether I support him or not. I think whoever runs against Hilary Clinton in 2006 for her senate seat will lose, but that doesn't mean I support Hilary.
B. I support Matt Lohr. Here is why...
Here is a list of the major issues in this race and the stances by each candidate.
Eminent Domain: both oppose this for public use
Education: both favor making it better through more funding
Gay Marriage: Lohr-ban with a constitutional amendment, Fulk- no amendment is needed b/c it is already illegal
Abortion: Lohr-opposes, Fulk-?
Environmental Conservation: both want to make environment cleaner
Transportation (I-81 notably): both want to make transportation better (Lohr-against StarSolutions, Fulk-?)
School lunches for Children with Deadbeat Parents: Lohr-against, Fulk-for
Gun Rights: both support the 2nd amendment
Taxes: Lohr-favors cutting taxes and opposed the 03 increase, Fulk- favors "budget reform"
Law Enforcement: both support increased resources for Sheriffs and State Police
Healthcare: both favor lowering the costs for the elderly
Farming: both are farmers and support farm tax breaks, etc to encourage more farming
Crime: both favor cutting crime
Drugs: both are opposed to legalizing drugs
After reading through all these issues I agree with Lohr 13 times and disagree with him once. I agree with Fulk 11 times, disagree twice and have an unknown for one.
That is why I support Matt Lohr. I agree with him on more things than Fulk, not to mention Lohr is the GOP standard bearer. As I said in an earlier post, if I agree with the GOP candidate, that's who I will support.
I have never said "You should support Matt Lohr because...". If you think we should have had the tax increase in 2003, or if you think gay marriage doesn't need an amendment, then Fulk is probably your man. I believe most people that want to make an educated decision will do so without someone else telling them how to vote. I don't usually try to convince people on who to vote for, unless they haven't made up their minds.
I don't believe Lowell Fulk is some type of demon, and I don't think I have ever said anything bad about him. Its not that I totally disagree with him, I just agree with Matt more.