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AZ-Sen. 2010: State GOP looking to close its primary to independents (impact on McCain?)
The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2010-02-19 | Rhonda Bodfield

Posted on 02/19/2010 9:41:12 AM PST by rabscuttle385

Lawyers for the state Republican Party are huddling to try to find out how they can close their primary election.

Republican leaders who attended a mandatory state meeting last month voted to put a halt to the state's quasi-open primary system. Voters in 1998 approved allowing independents and voters in minor parties to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary.

The move is coming at a time of heightened interest in the Republican primary. The Democratic ballot will be relatively tame compared with the GOP, where voters will make picks in high-profile races, like the McCain-Hayworth Senate match, and the gubernatorial and congressional races.

"Some are concerned because they're afraid of disenfranchising independents - and that is a real concern - but in reality, what's probably more important is that the Republican primary reflects what the Republicans want," said local party chairman Bob Westerman. "And if you're opening up that decision to people in other parties, you're not getting that."

(Excerpt) Read more at azstarnet.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: az2010; azgop; azwakeup; elections; jd2010; jd4senate; jdhayworth; jdvotesi; judgementday4mccain; mccain; mccapntrade; mcdemocrat; mclaraza; noamnesty4mccain; nomorerinos; noreconquista; powsbetrayed; primaries; rinohunt; rinopurge; sayno2amnesty

1 posted on 02/19/2010 9:41:12 AM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385
Forget a third party.

We need a SECOND one.

2 posted on 02/19/2010 9:43:01 AM PST by mewzilla (I'm not a socialist. Heck, yes, I hope Barry fails. Sheesh.)
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To: rabscuttle385

:-)! The good news just keeps on comin’ first Lautenburg now this.


3 posted on 02/19/2010 9:43:22 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: rabscuttle385
a republican primary where only registered republicans can vote ?

why in the heck should that be a problem ?

4 posted on 02/19/2010 9:44:28 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: rabscuttle385

I’m guessing that independents will take their anger out on the establishment candidate.


5 posted on 02/19/2010 9:44:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin!)
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To: US Navy Vet

The Laut?


6 posted on 02/19/2010 9:45:47 AM PST by Sybeck1 (POTUS : Punk of the United States)
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To: rabscuttle385
This kind of thing would be very important in getting rid of the RINO infection that is a plague on the Republican Party. Here in Illinois we are plagued by RINOs because the libs cross over and vote in the GOP primary. We got a decent governor candidate this time because the Dem primary was closely contested so there wasn't as much cross over. Unfortunately our Senate candidate makes the term RINO seem inadequate.
7 posted on 02/19/2010 9:46:41 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: cripplecreek

John McCain


8 posted on 02/19/2010 9:47:24 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Sybeck1
The Laut?

Cancer, I don't even wish that one on my worst enemies.
9 posted on 02/19/2010 9:47:35 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: rabscuttle385

all of our primaries should be open to just republicans

I am fed up of those who are not having a say in our primary, look at NH, if it were just republicans we would nto have had amnesty


10 posted on 02/19/2010 9:48:00 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Sybeck1

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is diagnosed with cancer


11 posted on 02/19/2010 9:48:16 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Sybeck1

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2454963/posts


12 posted on 02/19/2010 9:48:41 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: rabscuttle385

“AZ-Sen. 2010: State GOP looking to close its primary to independents”

I’m guessing that backstabbing prick with the fat cow of a daughter is NOT happy with these developments!


13 posted on 02/19/2010 9:48:59 AM PST by Grunthor (America needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.)
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To: GonzoGOP

I would.


14 posted on 02/19/2010 9:49:18 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: mkjessup; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; TigersEye; MestaMachine; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; bamahead

Payback’s a real b-tch, ain’t it, McCain?


15 posted on 02/19/2010 9:52:23 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

I think this is a great move. If you don’t want to join the Party, then don’t think you get to help make decisions for the Party. Simple common sense, people. I don’t get to help the Elks or the Masons decide who their officers will be.


16 posted on 02/19/2010 9:53:34 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Amen!


17 posted on 02/19/2010 9:53:57 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: rabscuttle385

This has to happen all across the country, if conservatives are to wrench control of the Republican Party away from the RINOs.


18 posted on 02/19/2010 9:55:36 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: rabscuttle385

This would clearly help Hayworth and hurt McCain. Sounds like it is up to the state officials or courts to make the decision as to whether the change can be made.

In general, I think it is NUTS for either party to allow non-members to vote in primaries. I guess there MIGHT be something to the idea that allowing independents to vote in them, helps you in the general election, but I don’t think that justifies it.

Leaving it up to the parties to decide is one thing but certainly no state should ever require open primaries.


19 posted on 02/19/2010 9:58:33 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade (Read My Palm: No More Socialism - Palin 2012)
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To: mewzilla
"Forget a third party. We need a SECOND one. "

LOL..Indeed!

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20 posted on 02/19/2010 9:59:55 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: rabscuttle385

“My friends (pause for effect) elections should be happy times! Let’s not bicker and argue over who betrayed who.”
Sir McCain


21 posted on 02/19/2010 10:02:25 AM PST by tumblindice (Ah sweet mystery of life, I've finally found you!)
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To: rabscuttle385
This is just one of those "well, duh!" moments. Right now they are disenfranchising the real Republican voters in their own primary by letting phony independents and minor parties cast votes in it.

If the independents and other parties want to stay on the fringe then they can just wait and vote in November or have their own primary. These open primaries are one reason why the Republican party was taken over by RINO's in the first place.

22 posted on 02/19/2010 10:15:31 AM PST by Reagan is King (Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

It helps McCain. McCain doesn’t want libs coming in and voting for Hayworth because Hayworth is less electable state wide.


23 posted on 02/19/2010 10:52:17 AM PST by Reagan79 (Today, I consider myself the wisest Latina Woman on the face of the earth.)
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To: rabscuttle385; All

The Tea Party poll is still active!

http://taxdayteaparty.com/2010/02/poll-would-you-support-jd-hayworth-against-john-mccain/

POLL: Would you support JD Hayworth against John McCain?

Absolutely! Hayworth is great and McCain needs to go. 78% (1,871 votes)
Perhaps, but I would rather support someone else against McCain 9% (206 votes)
Not at all. John McCain should be left alone 10% (249 votes)
Third party is the way to go 3% (76 votes)
Total Votes: 2,402


24 posted on 02/19/2010 10:54:13 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: rabscuttle385

It doesn’t matter WHO it helps, it is the RIGHT thing to do.


25 posted on 02/19/2010 10:56:59 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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To: rabscuttle385

RABS!!! YOU HAVE MAIL!


26 posted on 02/19/2010 11:59:03 AM PST by MestaMachine (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2426869/posts SUPPORT RINO FREE AMERICA)
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To: rabscuttle385

It just shows how rotted away the Republican party is, when you realize they allow Democrats and Independents help select their candidates in some states.

When Ronald Reagan said he didn’t leave the Democrat party, it left him, I doubt he could have made it more clear how I feel about the Republican party.

Hell, it doesn’t even care enough about it’s core principles to demand all franchisees support it’s platform.

John McCain, a man that is constantly on the make, doesn’t go out hawking Conservative policy. He’s out there with Ted Kennedy, Russel Feingold, John F. Kerry, and others pushing leftist ideology. So in response the Republican party generally supports him. Why? Why in hell would you support someone who works for the Democrat party more often than not?

Ole Mud n Guts has at one time or another hawked, global warming, the LOST Treaty, the Internation Criminal Court, gun control, a political leftist proponent of abortion, immigration reform that would see 20 to 35 million illegals made citizens, cutting the F22 program, cutting one of our missile defense R&D efforts... and on and on it goes, over 26 years of it in Congress and the Senate.

This dried up old prune needs to go home. Sorry folks, I’m no spring chicken myself, but I haven’t been slapping my host in the face for the last 22 years, still expecting them to support me on election day.

John has raped our party repeatedly. And just because he has opened the door for one of us, that person should not feel obligated to support this son of a bitch one iota.

F U John McCain. F U for betraying our cause. F U for turning our brightest shining stars into people who know no better than to support your ilk.

Even Scott Brown has already been turned to the dark side by the Empire’s own Senator Palpatine, to support him against a better man.

John MeCain is evil personified.

http://edandmari.com/starwars/images/Palpatine.jpg


27 posted on 02/19/2010 12:13:19 PM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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To: rabscuttle385

More McLiberal shenanigans. Boot JUAN at all costs.


28 posted on 02/20/2010 12:49:26 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: STARWISE; Impy; TigersEye; molybdenum; caww

A closed primary — you bet it would impact McCainiac’s primary. Crossover votes are his secret weapon.


29 posted on 02/20/2010 1:05:09 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Yes, I'm a birther: I support motherhood. I'd rather be a birther than a sucker.)
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To: rabscuttle385

“Some are concerned because they’re afraid of disenfranchising independents”

What rot. They have the general election. Republican primaries are for Republicans. At least make liberal interlopers go to the trouble of actually registering as a Republican.


30 posted on 02/21/2010 2:57:12 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385
As I've said many times, closed primaries won't work!

Liberals just switch parties to vote for McCain in the primaries and vote for the democrat in November.

Remember Operation Chaos? The Democrats can do that, too.

.And they will do it.

31 posted on 03/08/2010 4:39:54 PM PST by walsh
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