Patrick Houser’s lead over Marco Nelson widens after debate
A rare moment of agreement in a recent debate seems to have given newscaster Patrick Houser an advantage in the race for vice president over former VP Patrick Houser.
Houser made it clear during the debate that he respected Nelson greatly and planned to go to him for foreign policy advice whenever he was making a tough decision. “Former Vice President Marco Nelson would be the first person I would turn to in trying to figure out foreign policy, and you can quote me on that. I respect him greatly, (turned to Nelson) I want you to know that sir. (Turns back to audience) I just feel like I have an edge on other facets of the vice presidency that would work better with me in office and Nelson as a close advisor than the other way around.” When Nelson was given a chance to respond, he simply laughingly said “I don’t have a word to say! Thank you!”
A post-debate poll by PWN showed the once negligible gap has widened between Patrick Houser and Marco Nelson, with Houser now sitting at 55.4% and Nelson sitting at 45.5%. Further analysis showed some of the people who switched sides perhaps thought Nelson would make a better foreign policy advisor than VP.
Wooten-Whitaker seeing new successes in Executive campaign even after VP race failures
After a humiliating series of events in the Vice President race, things are finally looking bright- Diane Wooten-Whitaker actually is leading in the polls in the Graham state race for State Executive, with about 59% of the vote, while activist Grady Walton sits at 21% and incumbent and billionare Andrew Carmichael sits at a mere 7%. Most people are very tired of the Carmichael executive administration and want something far better.
Even so, Carmichael has already been finding loopholes in the “equal funding” rule, using social media, free ads on his own television network, and the press to slam Wooten-Whitaker left and right. Recent such slams include the reposting of the video of Wooten-Whitaker wetting her pants on stage during a recent VP debate on TweetBook, with the caption “Is this really the future of our state? This is who you want to lead us??” Wooten-Whitaker called the move a “low blow”, and after outcry by her supporters, TweetBook removed the post. Other moves by Carmichael slam at her lack of experience, saying that being a teacher is not enough to fix an educational system, and her lack of “leadership qualities”. Wooten-Whitaker replied to those moves with this statement:
I got humiliated on national television and became the laughingstock of the country. Yet I came back anyway and am working hard, leading the very people who humiliated me, to make a positive difference in the midst of it. Those same people who mocked me are rallying behind me now. That’s leadership, Carmichael. Not sitting in some penthouse while your constituents suffer. #wootenwhitaker #trueleadership #grahamdeservesbetter
One thing that is expected to boost Wooten-Whitaker even higher in the polls is the endorsement by President Angela Rosenthal herself. Rosenthal has been campaigning with Wooten-Whitaker for the last week, saying that she is the right person for the job. Wooten-Whitaker has been trying to make her campaign into the next “Angela Rosenthal underdog story” from the getgo, but with Madame President herself actually spearheading her campaign, it looks like it could finally happen.
The president became very emotional talking about Graham, even shedding a few tears. “As much progress as we have made as a country over these last few years, I… often feel like I’ve failed Graham. You guys haven’t seen nearly as much improvement and growth as the rest of the nation. It almost seemed like the progress we’ve made has… left you guys behind. But you haven’t been forgotten!!! It is honestly very hard to concentrate on one state when the entire nation is your responsibility. Graham needs a local voice who will stand for them. It has become obvious that your current leadership has failed you. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s not normal for a president to campaign with a candidate for State Executive. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe very strongly in Diane. I’ve gotten to know her a lot better over these last couple of months. She’s like a little sister to me. But moreover, her plans are possible and doable, and they would work! They will work. I’m here because I believe Diane Hargett Wooten-Whitaker is the one who should be that voice!!!!!!” The emotional message was met by a huge round of applause and a standing ovation.
Going into recent rallies, Wooten-Whitaker had expanded her platform a bit, focusing in the four T’s as the future of Graham- Training (education), Technology, Trade and Tourism.
Trade and tourism are both touchy subjects in Graham. Graham City used to be the biggest city in Freedemia and thrived on being a trade hub and from attracting tourists. Back in the 1960’s Graham City got more visitors than Quentinsburgh, in a time where the nation remained relatively isolated, and served as the major harbor for Freedemia. Today no intercontinental flights go to Graham City, and all major shipping routes bypass the former hub.
Interestingly, she presented Graham City as the best place to take advantage of the recent nudist protection laws for tourism. She explained, showing how if Graham was to truly embrace public nudism and normalize barechestedness to the extent Laneston and Vandover (now considered the naturist capitals of the world) had, Graham City could truly become a nudity embracing metropolis, helping give that last push of identity to the city and state as they try to rebuild and rebrand. Wooten-Whitaker, a proud nudie herself, actually casually went barechested at one rally, encouraged her supporters to do the same, and showed how giving the city that vibe where urban life meets free nudism could be a game changer for the economy statewide.
“Us embracing nudism will not take away from other places’ tourism. It will focus on growing our own, with an emphasis on urban nudism and naturism that’s different from the beach and park nudism and naturism our friends in Laneston and Vandover are so famous around the world for.”
Wooten-Whitaker’s argument for technology hit several similar points. “Likewise, our renewed focus on education and technology will not take away from our friends in Trenchent and San Grande. We can work with different sectors, and not only revitalize Graham and bring our economy, our tourists, and our residents back, but make Freedemia stronger too!!!” She was met with a standing ovation.
Wooten-Whitaker’s argument for trade was a bit more looking at the future. She acknowledged that Freedemia has been gaining more connections to other nations, and that future shipping lines could come to Graham instead of other cities. She proposed incentives to make that more attractive to nations and companies.
2018 could be a very interesting election year
Analysts looking at the likely result of elections this year have concluded that 2018 could be a very interesting and unpredictable election year on the national level.
The vice presidential race between Nelson and Houser will likely very strongly affect 2018, as would the results of Wooten-Whitaker and Redsten’s runs for state executive (Graham and Franklins respectively).
For a second, lets assume the following:
-Houser wins the VP race
-Redsten wins the Franklins Executive race meaning she would not run in 2018
-Wooten-Whitaker wins the Graham Executive race meaning she would not run in 2018
-Nelson runs for president again in 2018 challenging incumbent Rosenthal and VP Houser
In Freedemia, since the 2nd place finisher ends up as second in command, there is a general trend when it comes to presidential elections. Races without an incumbent tend to be for two very strong opposing candidates because the weaker 3 candidates split the vote. Races with an incumbent tend to be between the current president and current vice president, with challengers splitting the vote.
However, 2018 could be a strange year. If Redsten and Wooten-Whitaker, the second and fourth respectively most supported for a presidential position, aren’t running in 2018, and with former VP Tom Morganson out of politics, the other two challengers besides Marco Nelson may not be strong enough to split the challenger votes. Nelson has gained a large amount of support since his original presidential bid against President Kenderson in the 90’s. Nelson is really the only other name left that could, at least as we can see right now, easily take the election by storm.
This greatly complicates things for President Angela Rosenthal and likely VP Patrick Houser. Without a split vote among their challengers, Nelson could easily overtake at least one of them in the voting. If voters think that Rosenthal has it in the bag and vote for Houser, it could end up being a Houser-Nelson presidency. If Houser and Rosenthal split the vote it could be a Nelson-Houser or Nelson-Rosenthal presidency, or even a Nelson-challenger two presidency if a strong challenger emerges. If supporters only vote for Rosenthal, a Rosenthal-Nelson presidency is likely. Even a Houser-Rosenthal presidency is more likely than a Rosenthal-Houser reelection. This means that 2018 could shake up a lot of the Freedemian political scene. We will just have to wait and see.