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'Fighting Lady' Triumphs With Call to 'Open Up Delaware Now'

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Voters head to the polls at Claymont Elementary in Claymont, Delaware, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

By Wednesday, 16 September 2020 06:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Vowing to immediately open up Delaware from COVID-19-related restrictions imposed by Democrat Gov. John Carney, firebrand conservative and first-time candidate Julianne Murray handily won the six-candidate Republican primary for governor Tuesday night.

With near-final results in, attorney Murray rolled up 41% of the vote to 33% for 2016 nominee and moderate state Sen. Colin Bonini.

“I won because I am committed to opening up Delaware and I remained true to my message,” the candidate known to admirers as “the Fighting Lady” told Newsmax shortly after Bonini conceded.

In raising the most money of the Republican hopefuls and winning the endorsement of the Republican State Convention, Murray maintained a solidly conservative agenda: pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and for lowering taxes, eliminating fees, and reducing the size of state government, which she called “our biggest employer in the state.”

But it was clearly her call to “open up Delaware now” that Murray feels most resonated with primary voters and will resonate with independents and Democrats in the fall.

“It’s almost Orwellian here,” she told us. “When our governor issues all kind of regulations and a speaker can’t take a mask off unless he’s 13 feet away from a crowd — I’m not kidding about this — something’s wrong.”

Murray added that she believes Democrats and independents who support former Delaware Sen. Joe Biden for president could easily cross over to her for governor “because they are sick and tired of us still stuck in ‘Phase 2’ of the COVID-19 recovery. It’s killing us!”

The newly-minted Republican nominee called on people who remained neutral to come forward and back her.

“My law-and-order position was strongly on the side of the police,” she said. “But the Fraternal Order of Police wanted to stay neutral in the primary. Fine. Now I’ve won and they should help me. And the Republican Governors Association should come through. If I’m going to win, they have to pony up the ‘cashola.’”

In celebrating her triumph Tuesday night, Murray believes her positions and straight talk with voters will draw national attention to her candidacy in the fall. 

“I’m hard to ignore,” she told us.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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