Mayoral Endorsement: The Boost That Went Bust

Omaha, NE—You’re a Republican who just finished third in the Omaha Mayor’s race.

A good finish but not good enough to move on to the General Election in May.

So you endorsed the remaining Republican in the race, over the remaining Democrat.

2017: Taylor Royal Endorses Mayor Jean Stothert

But your endorsement won’t matter; the Republican won’t win in May.

That’s not a prediction it’s a fact.

That third place Republican is not Taylor Royal 2017, its Jim Vokal 2009.

A race that found Vokal highly critical of his fellow Republican rival, Hal Daub.

Criticism that went like this:

Vokal: “Hal Daub just lied about my record/Hal Daub is up to his old tricks.”

But then Vokal toed the party line and backed Daub in the general election.

2009: Hal Daub reacts to Jim Vokal’s post-primary endorsement

Royal’s criticism of his fellow Republican rival, Mayor Jean Stothert, was less personal but no less political accusing Stothert of “four years of poor leadership.” But then Royal toed the party line.

Specifically:

Royal (Pre-Primary):  “Under Mayor Stothert we’ve got broken promises, more taxes.”

Royal (Post-Primary): “Mayor Stothert is a fiscal conservative that cares about taxpayers.”

And the Royal conversion doesn’t end there. During the primary Royal ripped Stothert for the city’s “bad roads.” Now he says she’s making a “continued investment in our streets.”

All that as he asks his voters, all 11 percent, to switch to Stothert and help push her over the finish line.

But know this: Daub hoped the same—that Vokal’s voters would carry him to a win over Democrat Jim Suttle. But they didn’t. Daub lost.  And Vokal had far more votes than Royal. Vokal finished the primary with 28 percent.

In real numbers: Vokal totaled 12,749 votes, twice as many as Royal’s 6,285.

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