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RI's Chafee Leads, As 9 States, DC Vote
AP ^ | Sep 12, 9:53 PM (ET | ROBERT TANNER

Posted on 09/12/2006 7:00:07 PM PDT by VU4G10

Moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, his political career at risk from a more conservative challenger, led in early returns Tuesday in a contest that could be crucial in the larger fight for control of Congress.

With 3 percent of precincts reporting, Chafee had 2,735 votes, or 55 percent, to Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey's 2,241 votes, or 45 percent.

The last big day of primaries before the November elections also brought intriguing Democratic contests for Senate in Maryland and a House seat in Minnesota. In all, nine states and the District of Columbia voted, with the other states including Arizona, Delaware, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin.

In Rhode Island, Chafee won support from the Republican establishment, even though he has consistently bucked the Bush administration and the GOP-led Congress on the environment and abortion, and was the lone Republican to vote against the use of military force in Iraq.

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But if he loses the primary, polls show Democratic nominee Sheldon Whitehouse, a former attorney general, would be the likely winner in the fall. With Democrats hopeful they can gain the six seats needed to win control in the Senate, that makes the seat critical.

Polls a month before the primary showed the two Republicans running even.

The House race in Arizona for a seat left open by retiring moderate GOP Rep. Jim Kolbe also has drawn national money and interest. Eleven major-party candidates for the seat that stretches from Tucson to the Mexican border were entered in the party primaries.

National GOP leaders angered Republican candidates when they jumped into the race to support state Rep. Steve Huffman, a moderate who in a recent poll was trailing a former state lawmaker, Randy Graf.

Party officials have expressed concerns Graf may be too conservative to win the seat in November.

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The two leading Democratic contenders are former state legislator Gabrielle Giffords and former local television anchor Patty Weiss.

In Maryland, Democrats decided between Rep. Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume, former head of the NAACP, for a Senate candidate to fill Paul Sarbanes' seat. The winner will face GOP Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who - if he won - would be the lone black Republican in the Senate. He has nine rivals for the Republican nomination but is expected to win easily.

Judges extended voting hours in Baltimore and nearby Montgomery County by one hour because of problems that delayed the opening of some polling places. Officials said some election judges did not show up on time and others had trouble getting into the facilities.

In Minnesota, Democrats were picking among four candidates for a House seat in a district that includes Minneapolis. The party backed state legislator Keith Ellison, who would be Congress's first Muslim member if he won. But Ellison found himself in a tough, four-way battle.

Elsewhere:

- District of Columbia voters choose between City Council member Adrian M. Fenty and longtime council Chairman Linda W. Cropp in the mayoral primary. In heavily Democratic Washington, the primary is tantamount to the general election.

- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer looked to be coasting to a primary win for governor against Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. Spitzer is expected to easily win in the fall. And one-term Sen. Hillary Clinton faced a long shot anti-war candidate in the primary.

- Also in New York, the Democratic primary for attorney general pits former federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo - son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo - against Mark Green, the former New York City Public Advocate.

- In Vermont, Rep. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic nomination for Senate. Sanders, who plans to run as an independent, aims to win the seat of retiring Sen. James Jeffords, the Senate's lone independent. Three Republicans sought the GOP nomination, with businessman Richard Tarrant leading in early returns.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: chafee; cranston; gop; gopprimary; laffey; lincolnchafee; republican; rhodeisland; rino; stevelaffey

1 posted on 09/12/2006 7:00:09 PM PDT by VU4G10
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To: VU4G10

Only an AP writer would consider Chafee "moderate."


2 posted on 09/12/2006 7:02:52 PM PDT by clintonh8r (American first, conservative second.....Republican a distant third.)
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To: VU4G10

Graf too conservative?


3 posted on 09/12/2006 7:03:29 PM PDT by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: VU4G10
Let's hope it was liberal precincts reporting early.
4 posted on 09/12/2006 7:05:44 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: VU4G10

Crapola.


5 posted on 09/12/2006 7:06:09 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: clintonh8r
They did pass up a chance to call Chaffee a "maverick" like I've seen so much lately.

But they just couldn't resist the now obligatory reference to Steele as "if he won - would be the lone black Republican in the Senate. "

That is the third time I've seen that exact phrase in different stories today

6 posted on 09/12/2006 7:11:29 PM PDT by digger48
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To: VU4G10
With 3 percent of precincts reporting, Chafee had 2,735 votes, or 55 percent, to Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey's 2,241 votes, or 45 percent.

That God it's only 3%. Hopefully he will come on strong.

7 posted on 09/12/2006 7:11:54 PM PDT by DuxFan4ever (The next rational liberal I meet will be the first.)
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To: VU4G10

Moderate my you know what. He is a liberal. There is NOTHING Republician about him.


8 posted on 09/12/2006 7:13:59 PM PDT by therut
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To: VU4G10
National GOP leaders angered Republican candidates when they jumped into the race to support state Rep. Steve Huffman, a moderate who in a recent poll was trailing a former state lawmaker, Randy Graf.

Party officials have expressed concerns Graf may be too conservative to win the seat in November.


They did this with Chaffee. They did this with our favorite scottish lawyer. I'm thinking its time to start throwing RINOs overboard in the general election, or we'll never see change at the RNC, which is what apparently needs to happen.
9 posted on 09/12/2006 7:15:20 PM PDT by Old_Mil (http://www.constitutionparty.com/)
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To: VU4G10

That's so misleading to say Chafee leads when 3% of the vote is in.


10 posted on 09/12/2006 7:20:27 PM PDT by youthgonewild
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To: therut

He's left of a number of Senate Democrats...


11 posted on 09/12/2006 7:21:25 PM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: clintonh8r
FoxNews called Chafee independent-minded!!!

thread here

12 posted on 09/12/2006 7:24:35 PM PDT by jan in Colorado (Never Forget! Never Retreat! Never Give Up!)
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To: Heartofsong83
He's left of a number of Senate Democrats...

Who?

13 posted on 09/12/2006 7:27:39 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: digger48

Yeah, I've noticed that too. Well, the Democrats have one "lone" black Senator, and if Steele was elected that would still be only two overall. The GOP would have 50% of the black Senators, to look at it differently.


14 posted on 09/12/2006 7:28:10 PM PDT by MinnesotaLibertarian
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To: therut
There is NOTHING Republician about him.

He votes to organize the Senate with the Republicans.

He votes for cloture of Democrat filibusters.

That is much better than any Democrat from Rhode Island would do.

15 posted on 09/12/2006 7:29:49 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: therut
Chafee a "moderate?" His ACU rating for 2006 was 12--same as Hilary; Levin of Michigan was 17.

http://www.acuratings.org/2005all.htm#RI
16 posted on 09/12/2006 7:30:23 PM PDT by CDB ("They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes." from Psalm 63)
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To: CDB

ACU rating of 12 = solid liberal.

Moderate would be for someone around at least 40.


17 posted on 09/12/2006 7:35:54 PM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: Heartofsong83

The ACU ratings for 2005 are enlightening.


18 posted on 09/12/2006 7:39:01 PM PDT by CDB ("They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes." from Psalm 63)
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To: CDB

2006 = 2005


19 posted on 09/12/2006 7:39:52 PM PDT by CDB ("They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes." from Psalm 63)
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To: patriciaruth

Based on ACU ratings, the following are well to the right of Chafee and in moderate territory:

Landrieu (44)
Ben Nelson (60)

The following, while still clearly at least leaning liberal, are still quite a bit to the right of Chafee:

Baucus (24)
Bayh (20)
Byrd (20)
Conrad (21)
Bill Nelson (20)
Pryor (24)
Salazar (32)


20 posted on 09/12/2006 7:43:10 PM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: ConservativeMind

No, 80% and Linc by a mile. I only hope he holds the seat in Nov. for organizational help for the Pubs and then just forget him. Chafee declared winner. Cardin and Queesy are in a mess in MD. cheating, fraud calls of Dem vs Dem. Nice for Steele if it holds up.


21 posted on 09/12/2006 7:48:41 PM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: VU4G10

There's a pattern here.

In RI, the national Republican party has supported Democrat Chaffee with tons of money and a barrage of really slimy attack ads in print, radio and TV.

In AZ-8, the national party has supported a quasi-Democrat in the primary. It's all about who they will be more comfortable having in the Club, lining his and his relativess' pockets with your tax dollars.

Frankly, every defeat for an incumbent is a win for America, in this corrupt Congress. I am still throwing Republican fund-raising solicitations in the trash -- by putting their thumb on the primary scales where it doesn't belong, they lost me.

Follow Chaffee vs. Laffey here:

http://www.electionri.com/Results/TopTicket.htm

With 72% of precincts in, it looks like Chaffee, with help from a lot of people who didn't vote in any other race (compare the race totals), has eked out a win.

Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, will be the new senator. The Dems are up one of the six they need.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F


22 posted on 09/12/2006 7:48:59 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F (In which article of the Constitution is the Press assigned a role in government? Precisely.)
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To: Heartofsong83

A number of the Senators you mentioned got part of their rating while they were coming up for reelection in red states.


23 posted on 09/12/2006 7:52:10 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Old_Mil
There are about 17 or 18 states that are quite conservative. It really ticks me off that one of them elected a real RINO in Lindsay Graham. They did not need to elect a RINO is South Carolina.

There are about 17 or 18 states that are quite liberal. They elect liberals.

That leaves about 16 or 17 states that are evenly divided. Sometimes they elect DINOS and some times they elect RINOS. In these evenly divided states the moderates hold sway.

That is they almost always elect either a RINO or a DINO. That means the senate always has about 36 Conservatives and 36 Liberals. The remainder are some combination of RINOS and DINOS.

So what do fools always want to do? Throw out the RINOS and DINOS. And just once in our history has the Republican party managed to throw out all the RINOS. The result was LBJ and the passage of his great society. With the RINOS all gone, there was nothing left but DINOS and the Senate was filibuster proof.

And who did we have to thank for giveing the Democrats everything they ever wanted? Barry Goldwater that's who.

With over 60 seats in the Senate and total control of the HOuse the democrats were able to pass legislations that they had been waiting 40 years to pass.

Now again we have the Conservatives so anxious to give the Democrats every thing they want. And what do they want? Socialized medicine. Well when you get it, I hope you don't have enough money to travel to Singapore to get good medical treatment.

But just like the Goldwater fools from a generation ago.. you will talk about the stupid voters. But it is not the voters that are supid. It is the conservatives that are too stupid to know how the system works.

I hope your learn something from your defeat... but I would not bet on it.

24 posted on 09/12/2006 7:57:54 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: patriciaruth

Lots of Rats are more "moderate" than Chafee. If I can do this, thwe MSM/DBM (including Fox) can too. It's not rocket science. Sheesh.

(Source ACU ratings for 2005.

http://www.acuratings.org/2005all.htm#RI

Chafee (RI) 12


Lincoln (AR) 16
Pryor (AK) 24
Feinstein (CA) 12 (tie)
Boxer (CA) 12 (tie)
Salazar (CO) 32
Ben Nelson (FL) 20
Bayh (IN) 20
Landrieu (LA) 44
Levin (MI) 17
Stabenow (MI) 12 (tie)
Dayton (MN) 18
Baucus (MT) 24
Bingamin (NM) 13
Conrad (ND) 21
Dorgan (ND) 17
Johnson (SD) 13
Byrd (WV) 20
Kohl (WI) 13
Feingold (WI) 13





25 posted on 09/12/2006 8:01:31 PM PDT by CDB ("They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes." from Psalm 63)
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To: Common Tator
CT: I just looked at that ACU scorecard link in Post#16 above. Do you have any idea why they have Graham rated so high?
         
South Carolina Member 2005 2004 YOS Life
  GRAHAM 96 92 11 91

26 posted on 09/12/2006 8:03:43 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: CDB
Chafee (RI) 12

Feinstein (CA) 12 (tie)
Boxer (CA) 12 (tie)
Stabenow (MI) 12 (tie)

Good God! Does'nt this say it all. Chafee is one of the girls....
27 posted on 09/12/2006 8:09:56 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: AmericaUnited

Chafee's got his thong on--just like Boxer and her pals.


28 posted on 09/12/2006 8:14:55 PM PDT by CDB ("They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes." from Psalm 63)
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To: Common Tator
>> It really ticks me off that one of them elected a real RINO in Lindsay Graham. They did not need to elect a RINO is South Carolina <<

Lindsay Graham has a lifetime conservative rating of about 90% and led the fight to impeach Clinton (gotta love how freepers insist Harris get nominated for her "heroic" actions in 2000, but we're supposed to lynch Lindsey Graham and forget about his truly heroic actions in 1998). The fact you and a handful of other fanatical "die-Graham-die" gang are consumed with hatred over him because he voted the wrong way on issue or two and is nice to McCain (J.D. Hayworth, freeper icon, also adores McCain, but you people overlook that) does not make him a "RINO"

If Graham's record makes him a RINO, then roughly 85% of the Republican Senators are RINOs. You guys might as well start your own party if the bar of 90% conservative isn't "good enough" for you.

A commie like Linc Chaffee and his 80% liberal rating is a RINO. Graham is a lifelong conservative, although the Ned Lamont wing of the GOP is convinced anyone who doesn't agree with them 100% of time is an evil maxist scumbag and must be "purged"

Graham-hating "Republicans" = Lieberman-hating Democrats.

29 posted on 09/12/2006 10:58:20 PM PDT by BillyBoy (ILLINOIS ELECTION "CHOICES:" Rod Bag-o-$hit or Judas Barf Too-Pinka)
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To: Heartofsong83
I forbid you to say anything nice about Mary Landrieu.

LOL! Don't take it personal, these are just the words of an impassioned Louisianian who wants her gone in 2008.
30 posted on 09/12/2006 11:38:11 PM PDT by StJacques ( Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: Common Tator
Common Tator, may I ease your pain just a little to say that I share your outrage with absolutely #!!@*&%#&@@:@$%%$ so-called "conservatives" who are all too willing to give control of the Congress over to the Democrats just to vent their anger at not getting what they want on just fill in whichever issue you want here .

The very security of the U.S. and our place in the world is at stake, as well as domestic fiscal integrity (your point), and on and on and ....

Anyone who wants to give Congress to the Democrats is a TROLL!
31 posted on 09/12/2006 11:44:16 PM PDT by StJacques ( Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: AFPhys
For the same reason they have McCain also high. He votes with the president when we don't need his vote, and votes against him when we do.

Graham wants to be McCain's vice president so he always supports him. Graham also plays to the media the same way McCain does.

32 posted on 09/13/2006 5:04:46 AM PDT by Common Tator
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To: Common Tator
The Reagan revolution was not a result of leadership from your wing of the party. It was a turning to conservatism by the nation after 4 years of Carter liberalism illustrated to the country what the fruits of liberalism are.
33 posted on 09/13/2006 8:54:03 AM PDT by Old_Mil (http://www.constitutionparty.com/)
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