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California Republicans Limit Their Primary To Those Registered In Party
Fox News ^ | Monday, February 4, 2008 | Casey Stegall

Posted on 02/04/2008 11:43:32 PM PST by Moral Hazard

About 34 percent of voters in California are registered Republicans, and are the only voters allowed to cast ballots in the Republican presidential race on Tuesday.

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Political consultant Hal Dash said the decision to exclude independent voters could play to the Democratic Party’s advantage by allowing Democrats to argue that the GOP doesn’t want them.”Why would you want to shut the door at the beginning when you have the opportunity to be able and welcome some numbers? If I was the California Republican Party, I’d want anybody I could get given their shrinking numbers,” he said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: ca2008; cagop; california; closed; presidentialprimary; primary; republican
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These analysts actually missed a major point. The closed primary policy only applies to the Presidential race and, while it may not be impossible for a Republican to win here, it's far from the margin, and any Republican that even come close in California will win by a wide margin nationally.

While California may have little say in who wins in the general election, it figures to have a lot to say in whose nominated, between its 173 delegates (roughly 15% of the delegates needed for the nomination) and it's timing on Super Tuesday.

As a result having a closed primary won't have much effect on whether a Republican wins in the general election, but it will give each Republican voter significantly more say in who gets California's delegates and ultimately ends up being the Republican nominee.

1 posted on 02/04/2008 11:43:34 PM PST by Moral Hazard
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To: Moral Hazard

This is really bad news for Juan McAztlan.


2 posted on 02/04/2008 11:45:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Second To None!)
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To: Moral Hazard

We’d be having a lot fewer problems if we had a lot more closed caucuses and primaries...


3 posted on 02/04/2008 11:45:32 PM PST by CaspersGh0sts
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To: Moral Hazard
They are just PO’ed because this does not help their boy McAmnesty.
4 posted on 02/04/2008 11:45:56 PM PST by chaos_5
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To: Moral Hazard
Political consultant Hal Dash said the decision to exclude independent voters could play to the Democratic Party’s advantage by allowing Democrats to argue that the GOP doesn’t want them.”Why would you want to shut the door at the beginning when you have the opportunity to be able and welcome some numbers?

Hal Dash, president of Democratic consulting firm Cerrell and Associates.

What a transparent weasel. Yeah we'll let you damn RATS pick our candidate.

5 posted on 02/04/2008 11:50:33 PM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: Moral Hazard

”Why would you want to shut the door at the beginning when you have the opportunity to be able and welcome some numbers? “

that’s a pretty silly argument to make. You can go back to the democrats: why are there so many superdelegates to pick the nominee?

rimshot.


6 posted on 02/04/2008 11:50:50 PM PST by ari-freedom (Jim Robinson "Free Republicís goal is to elect conservatives. Romney is NO conservative")
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To: Moral Hazard

What an idiotic statement by this guy, according to his logic why even have political parties at all, wouldn’t partyless be even more inclusive?

The reason you do this is so that people who want to have a say in the Rep nomination would then have to register as a Republican. If you allow non-Republican to select the Republican nominee, then what would be the incentive to register as a Republican at all?


7 posted on 02/04/2008 11:51:18 PM PST by Truthsearcher
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To: Truthsearcher; All
Isn't the Democrat primary closed as well?
8 posted on 02/04/2008 11:52:35 PM PST by chaos_5
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To: Moral Hazard
Boo Hoo! So sad for the McCaniacs. Not!

Go Mitt! Don't quit!

9 posted on 02/04/2008 11:57:59 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: chaos_5

No, it’s open for the Democrats and as an ‘independent’ I get to stick it to Billary tomorrow.


10 posted on 02/04/2008 11:58:55 PM PST by Blue State Insurgent (Thompson or no Party)
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No, it’s open for the Democrats and as an ‘independent’ I get to stick it to Billary tomorrow.

LOL, outstanding!! Give them a taste of their own medicine!

11 posted on 02/05/2008 12:01:14 AM PST by chaos_5
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To: Moral Hazard
Political consultant Hal Dash said the decision to exclude independent voters could play to the Democratic Party’s advantage by allowing Democrats to argue that the GOP doesn’t want them.

Hmmm, I wonder what Hal thinks about the Democratic Party basically blowing off Michigan and Florida during the primary season? Michigan was suffering a massive one-state recession and the Democratic candidates couldn't even be bothered to try and appeal to the desperate voters in that state.

12 posted on 02/05/2008 12:02:03 AM PST by Azzurri
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To: chaos_5
They are just PO’ed because this does not help their boy McAmnesty.

Bingo.
13 posted on 02/05/2008 12:02:05 AM PST by Zeon Cowboy (Pardon Ramos and Compean NOW! // Jumping on the Romney bandwagon...)
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To: Blue State Insurgent

...the way the polls are trending, I might stick it to Obama instead. The enthusiasm he breeds (and the money)scares me in a general, she’s still an unappealing, stone-cold, communist b*tch.


14 posted on 02/05/2008 12:07:24 AM PST by americanophile
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To: Blue State Insurgent

“No, it’s open for the Democrats and as an ‘independent’ I get to stick it to Billary tomorrow.”

Then in november what do you have to do..?


15 posted on 02/05/2008 12:13:28 AM PST by malia ( Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter are still my first choice!!! Oh, well.........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Juan McAztlan

lol!

16 posted on 02/05/2008 12:19:47 AM PST by South40 (Amnesty is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: americanophile
“I might stick it to Obama instead. The enthusiasm he breeds (and the money)scares me in a general, she’s still an unappealing, stone-cold, communist b*tch.”

The fun part will be if Obama wins a slight majority of the elected delegates, and Clinton takes the nomination from him by using super delegates. Imagine how she will look then.

17 posted on 02/05/2008 12:20:40 AM PST by Moral Hazard (Vote Huckabe. He'd make a lousy president, but we might get a brokered convention.)
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To: Moral Hazard

So, because of the rules, California will be a fair way to judge who Republicans prefer, instead of who Independents and Democrats prefer. I think it will be Romney.


18 posted on 02/05/2008 12:25:38 AM PST by gruna
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To: americanophile
To extend my previous post on Obama winning the most elected delegates and Hillary winning the nomination with super delegates:

Currently Obama has 63 elected delegates to Clinton’s 48. After adding the pledges of super delegates Clinton leads 190 to 104.

19 posted on 02/05/2008 12:31:00 AM PST by Moral Hazard (Vote Huckabe. He'd make a lousy president, but we might get a brokered convention.)
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To: Moral Hazard
About 34 percent of voters in California are registered Republicans, and are the only voters allowed to cast ballots in the Republican presidential race on Tuesday.

This seems to be a novel idea these days. And here we are in one of the most liberal states in the union, and it has more sense on this subject than a number of midwestern and eastern states.

20 posted on 02/05/2008 1:01:20 AM PST by DoughtyOne (McCain: RNC will adore him. Get ready for McCain day in photos & Prayer threads. Furball isle 08.)
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