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Incumbent Nelson defeats Harris for Senate
MIAMI HERALD ^ | 07 NOVEMBER 2006 | MIAMI HERALD

Posted on 11/07/2006 7:47:28 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist

ORLANDO - Katherine Harris ended her bid to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson the way she started: badly down at the polls, snubbed by GOP leaders and defiantly refusing to give in.

''We don't believe in the polls. We believe in the people. Only votes count,'' said Harris, predicting victory as she waved to passersby at the corner of 26th Street and Manatee Boulevard in Bradenton on a drizzly Election Day afternoon.

By then, it was too late.

Nelson jumped to a commanding, double-digit lead early and never let up, indicating that Harris -- contrary to her repeated claims -- had little crossover appeal among Democrats and independents and managed mainly to attract her own Republican base, owing to her hard-right campaign.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: katherineharris; snubbedbygop; tragicloss
It's over...Katherine Harris has lost.
1 posted on 11/07/2006 7:47:28 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; PhiKapMom; Rodney King; MineralMan

FReegards guys...I'm eating the crow.


2 posted on 11/07/2006 7:48:19 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

3 posted on 11/07/2006 7:49:37 PM PST by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Let the recriminations begin!


4 posted on 11/07/2006 7:49:40 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

She needs to focus on her health.


5 posted on 11/07/2006 7:50:00 PM PST by newzjunkey (Arnold-McClintock / YES 1A, 1E, 83, 85, 90 / San Diego: NO A / YES B & C)
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Just for old times' sake...would somebody please post the horsey picture?


6 posted on 11/07/2006 7:50:56 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist


7 posted on 11/07/2006 7:51:40 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

What a shame. This has really made me question the GOP leadership.


8 posted on 11/07/2006 7:52:01 PM PST by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Paige

It's really not entirely the GOP's fault. She lost a tough race, a spirited race.


9 posted on 11/07/2006 7:54:22 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: BenLurkin
Terrorists love democrats!


10 posted on 11/07/2006 7:56:07 PM PST by Toby06 (jon carry is a piece of s#it)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Oh yes, I blame the National GOP for this whole sorry mess.


11 posted on 11/07/2006 7:56:35 PM PST by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
''We don't believe in the polls. We believe in the people. Only votes count,''
said Harris, predicting victory as she waved to passersby


12 posted on 11/07/2006 7:59:40 PM PST by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: Paige

She ran a crappy campaign, and the turnover in her staff was unbelievable.

Blame that on the national GOP if you want, but where does she have to take any responsibility?


13 posted on 11/07/2006 7:59:59 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Paige

It's the will of the people, somewhat similar to Inshallah.


14 posted on 11/07/2006 8:00:42 PM PST by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: JohnnyZ

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk...why don't you go over to Nelson's victory bash.


15 posted on 11/07/2006 8:01:06 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Shaw lost by bout 9000 and that kills us


16 posted on 11/07/2006 8:07:35 PM PST by skaterboy
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To: Paladin2
NO, I don't agree. The Propaganda and the lies that have been allowed to permeate our society is the problem. Elections are won by who can make the people believe the package they are selling.

The GOP failed.
17 posted on 11/07/2006 8:10:54 PM PST by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

AND she is broke. What a horrible idea for her to run. She just refused to believe every single person in Florida who knows anything about campaigns that it was a bad idea for her to run for the US Senate. She had yet to establish herself as a competent candidate in the House yet she got the bug and couldn't resist trying to move up. Even against a pathetically lackluster dem candidate, she was a detriment AND it was not a year for the GOP to be gaining ground in general. Its too bad since she could have had a future (and kept her millions since she doesn't have a job anymore).


18 posted on 11/07/2006 8:18:04 PM PST by bpjam (Vote. Vote Now. Drag your neighbors along.)
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To: bpjam

I've always said she should have kept her Congressional seat, but she threw her hat in the ring and went for it though, gotta admire that on her part.


19 posted on 11/07/2006 8:19:40 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Not happy but not surprised. Hopefully he won't run again after this.


20 posted on 11/07/2006 8:24:49 PM PST by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Paige
What a shame. This has really made me question the GOP leadership.

It's not their fault she's nuts.

21 posted on 11/07/2006 8:26:47 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

Would you stop and take a look at this whole election? What do you "NOT" get?


22 posted on 11/07/2006 8:28:30 PM PST by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Paige
Would you stop and take a look at this whole election? What do you "NOT" get?

I get it all, she is nuts, and had no chance. Therefore the GOP tried to get her not to run.

23 posted on 11/07/2006 8:29:43 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

I'd ask if we can just all get along but then I read your tagline and, well you know.


24 posted on 11/07/2006 8:30:27 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Well, its a deperessing night, I should have refrained from an argument as a courtesy. Have a good evening!


25 posted on 11/07/2006 8:33:24 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
When I posted "the election as a whole" this meant the election nationwide. Good word!
26 posted on 11/07/2006 8:34:54 PM PST by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Paige
Oh yes, I blame the National GOP for this whole sorry mess.

Even if she'd gotten 10 billion dollars from the RNC, such that every TV and radio commercial seen or heard in Florida for the last 6 months was a Harris commercial, and W, Rudy, and McCain personally visited every single house and apartment in Florida....

She still would have lost.

27 posted on 11/07/2006 8:44:56 PM PST by Strategerist (Those who know what's best for us must rise and save us from ourselves)
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To: Strategerist

This is not only about Harris. Cardin has pulled ahead now... Talent will take MO, Allen will take VA, Kyle will take AZ.

Hayworth is losing in AZ. This is pathetic but hey now the Conservatives can really having something to complain about after January 2007.


28 posted on 11/07/2006 8:50:02 PM PST by Paige ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You don't have to eat any crow.

She has more balls than most of the Republican leadership, across the board. She ran her heart out, even though the White House and Jeb abandoned her.

And if she wasn't the one to run, the GOP could have put up another candidate. She won the primary.

And after tonight, I don't want to see that "Rove the Magnificent" picture, or phrase. If he was an "architect", his license would be taken away. In 2004, Kerry lost due to the Swift Boat Vets and the churchgoers, not due to Rove or the GOP leadership.

We now have the House in the control of left wing Anti American nutjobs--have you seen the Committee head lineup? It is a Communist's dream team. Yeah, we won the Cold War, alright.

The Dems and their corrupt media cohorts framed this campaign as anti-war and anti-Bush, and didn't even offer alternatives, ran horrible people, and still ran away with this election.

Virginia will be decided in the courts at the rate it is going, possibly MO. as well. And if the WH and GOP leadership fight for Allen and for Talent post election like they ran this campaign, you can write both those seats off right now.

This has been a horrible night for us.

The only hope is that we have two years to expose the Dems for the anti American Commie whackjobs that they are, because they will fight to make the last two years of President Bush's term a living hell.

Otherwise, get ready for Her Heinous's coronation on 1/20/09.

EEE, Katherine Harris ran an admirable fight. We'll see her run again sometime.


29 posted on 11/07/2006 8:51:53 PM PST by exit82 (Clinton didn't try. He just failed.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

She ran a horrible race. Amazing we couldn't come up with a better candidate.


30 posted on 11/07/2006 9:30:26 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: exit82
Katherine Harris ran an admirable fight. We'll see her run again sometime.

I would so love to believe that. I have been a fan of KH since November 2000. A campaign with such a staff turnover as hers cannot be expected to win for either party. We can debate as to whether it was the staff or the candidate that is at fault but the result is the same. She was and would in any case be a loser of this race.

31 posted on 11/07/2006 9:38:07 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find.)
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To: bpjam
AND she is broke.

She isn't broke. She still has the 6 million dollars that she promised to give to the campaign but never did.

$6M that would have bought some television time.

I'm holding her responsible for much of the mess we're in today. She was advised not to run, that she couldn't win. She countered this by promising to give $10M to her own campaign, which also discouraged other candidates from running in the primary. Then she not only runs a lousy campaign, she fails to give most of the money she promised way back in March. She then gets killed in the general election, and we lose a seat we should have picked up.

If we lose the Senate, this one seat that she cost us will have been a very important one.

32 posted on 11/08/2006 7:04:12 AM PST by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: clintonh8r
How 'bout this one?


33 posted on 11/08/2006 7:07:11 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." (Psalm 53:1))
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool

I don't Katherine Harris's loss one bit. It's sad to see this great lady suffer such an overwhelming loss.

The reason that I and other Freepers so opposed her Senate campaign was because we didn't want this to happen to her. That's why we spoke out against her candidacy so fervently. Trust me, none of us enjoyed this.

What I wish now for Katherine Harris is that she takes a long vacation to a peaceful, picturesque place and get some rest. Then she can find a suitable outlet for her talents.


34 posted on 11/08/2006 9:27:33 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Nihilism is at the heart of Islamic culture)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Well, the people of Florida have spoken: its far better to have a low-key, luke-warm, lackluster, middle-of-the-road speaking style and voting record, centrist Democrat Senator who is pro illegal immigrant amnesty, against President Bush's tax cuts and favors gay-marriage rather than a quirky A-type personality prone to temper tantrums that refused to listen to advice traditional values solidly conservative under-dog that received no support whatsoever from national GOP leaders that's perky good-looking posed on a horse.

Hey, its not like sending a Republican to the Senate is the least bit important; they're a dime-a-dozen there. The Senate is literally awash in Republicans. IN ANY CASE, the other states pretty much have all that sewed up, so no skin off Florida's nose if they re-elect a Democrat to the Senate.

The resounding cry can be heard throughout the land: CARL ROVE, YOU MAGNIFICANT BASTARD architect of GOP VICTORY! Rah Rah Rah, Rove's our man. If Rove can't do it, NOBODY CAN!

Forgive me if I'm too harsh on Florida's conservative base as the national election results are not entirely ALL their fault. Although, frankly I've been astonished at the degree of antipathy directed towards Harris by Florida's conservative base.


35 posted on 11/08/2006 9:38:34 AM PST by raygun (Whenever I see U.N. blue helmets I feel like laughing and puking at the same time.)
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To: raygun
First of all the folks bashing her are not conservatives....We voted for her and stood with her....It was the lack of conservative values that cost us the house and probably the senate yesterday....She is and will remain a very super person and strong conservative....I will support her again if she ever decides to run...For the first time Sarasota voted liberal....Manatee County and the other counties in our area stayed conservative...We in Florida have an uphill battle in the future because of all the Northerners moving here to live....I live in an RV park and can tell you most of those moving here permanently are liberal....If this keeps up Florida is going to have a tough time voting in conservatives in any major office.....There is lots of blame to go around over the state of affairs in the Republican party but unless they get back to the conservative values that got them in power in the first place...We may have allot more elections like this one....The fact that they did not put up a person to run against Nelson and then did nothing to support Katherine puts the blame on their shoulders not hers...She is one sharp and good person....and something some here are not....Conservative...
36 posted on 11/08/2006 9:48:44 AM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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To: raygun
First of all the folks bashing her are not conservatives....We voted for her and stood with her....It was the lack of conservative values that cost us the house and probably the senate yesterday....She is and will remain a very super person and strong conservative....I will support her again if she ever decides to run...For the first time Sarasota voted liberal....Manatee County and the other counties in our area stayed conservative...We in Florida have an uphill battle in the future because of all the Northerners moving here to live....I live in an RV park and can tell you most of those moving here permanently are liberal....If this keeps up Florida is going to have a tough time voting in conservatives in any major office.....There is lots of blame to go around over the state of affairs in the Republican party but unless they get back to the conservative values that got them in power in the first place...We may have allot more elections like this one....The fact that they did not put up a person to run against Nelson and then did nothing to support Katherine puts the blame on their shoulders not hers...She is one sharp and good person....and something some here are not....Conservative...
37 posted on 11/08/2006 9:49:18 AM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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To: All

There is silver lining in the mid term loss...Not the Dems have to produce...It is not going to happen....One thing that does worry me is the illegal immigration ussue...I wonder if this President will pass along with the Dems amnesty////If it does this loss will pale in comparision...


38 posted on 11/08/2006 9:55:46 AM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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To: RNO1

Well, to Florida's credit they did elect a governor having potential to fill Jeb's shoes, eh?


39 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:44 AM PST by raygun (Whenever I see U.N. blue helmets I feel like laughing and puking at the same time.)
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To: raygun

I voted for him with holding my nose....I am not sure how conservative he is if at all....We have our work cut out for us down here...Liberals gained positions that they have not had in many years...One thing for sure we have to put good folks up who are conservative and the party must stand with them...Foley hurt us all over the Country...How folks voted down here was all over the map....I can tell you if things had been done different we could have won allot more races down here....


40 posted on 11/08/2006 10:09:15 AM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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