Now, in the afterglow of the Republican primary in California, the New Jersey-based group is back in the news. Despite the fact that gay rights were not an issue during the primary campaign, NOM is taking complete credit for Carly Fiorina’s victory in the U.S. Senate vote on Tuesday:
After a slight dip in March, Tom Campbell had regained a sizeable and consistent lead over opponents Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore. The latest poll showed Campbell with a 15-point lead over Fiorina. On May 19th, NOM launched an automated phone campaign to 600,000 likely GOP primary voter households, informing them of Tom Campbell’s support for same-sex marriage. We followed up the phone campaign with an internet ad campaign and website: www.StopTomCampbell.com.
Overnight, the next poll, taken May 21-23, showed Carly Fiorina with a startling 23-point lead over Campbell, 46 percent to 23 percent, as Campbell’s support dropped by one-third.
Certainly there were many factors that played into that dramatic shift — by that time, pro-life and pro-family advocates had joined together in the effort to stop Tom Campbell, Fiorina campaign ads were blanketing the airwaves, and Sarah Palin had endorsed the Carly Fiorina — but only NOM’s May 19-21 outreach to 600,000 GOP primary voters can explain the dramatic, overnight reversal in the polls.
See? That’s all it took. A few hundred thousand hate-filled robocalls — et voila! — California Republicans goose-stepped in lockstep to the polls to vote against Tom Campbell because, unlike Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin, he’s simply not bigoted enough.
Considering the fact that a poll released in April found that Californians support gay marriage 50 percent to 45 percent, Fiorina, who opposes gay marriage but supports domestic partnerships, could well find herself defending the robocalls and the hate group’s role in her primary campaign in the run-up to Election Day.