A reader named Marsha over at Espresso Pundit insinuated that Hayworth and Graf lost their elections because they supported securing the border
It is true that J.D. ran as a tough on the border candidate. But did Mitchell run as an open borders amnesty candidate? No. The ads below show that Mitchell ran a tough and smart campaign that tagged J.D. as corrupt and partisan. So J.D. lost with border security a big part of his campaign. Mitchell won with a campaign about corruption and personality, not on open borders and amnesty.
Here is Harry’s ad hitting J.D. on the corruption charge. Nothing about the border.
Here is another ad that says nothing about the border.
Here is an ad for Mitchell that hits J.D. for reportedly cutting school funding.