Skip to comments.So, Dianne Feinstein is taller than 23 dwarves
Posted on 06/07/2012 9:49:08 AM PDT by SmithL
Dianne Feinstein, California's most popular politician, garnered 49.3 percent - less than half - of the vote on election day Tuesday. Winning 1.8 million votes, Feinstein trounced her 23 challengers handily in what wags call California's "jungle primary." There was no big-name challenger, yet more than half of voters went for Anyone But DiFi.
Feinstein won fewer votes than the failed (for now) tobacco-tax ballot measure.
Is Feinstein in trouble? Elizabeth Emken, the Republican who won the second-most votes and hence will challenge Feinstein on the November ballot, won 450,000. So probably not.
Feinstein political guru Bill Carrick notes that when absentee ballots are counted, the tally could change. Fewer voters turn out in primaries. (Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported that 24 percent of voters participated Tuesday, although the percentage will grow as counties tally absentee ballots. The 2008 general election drew nearly 80 percent of registered voters.) California primary voters tend to be more conservative than general-election voters.
Feinstein could have spent money in the primary to boost her showing, but it wouldn't have made a difference. She'd still be in first place. And she beat 23 contenders Tuesday, "more people than she's beat in her entire career," Carrick said.
Don't write that Feinstein's in trouble, Carrick cautioned, "I'm trying to save you from an embarrassing column."
The real story, Allan Hoffenblum, former GOP consultant and publisher of nonpartisan Target Book, is "how weak" the Republican Party is. Last year the Field Poll reported that 44 percent of voters were not inclined to vote for Feinstein, and 41 percent were. This year, voters turned out entrenched incumbents from France to Indiana. Yet there is no Republican with a public profile to challenge Feinstein. Two years ago, former tech titans Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina were on the ballot.
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It always makes me crazy when they state that once absentee ballots are counted things could change. Why have to absentee ballots been counted> What is the hold up?
I’ll try to act surprised when Feinstein wins in a landslide....
The real story, Allan Hoffenblum, former GOP consultant and publisher of nonpartisan Target Book, is "how weak" the Republican Party is. Last year the Field Poll reported that 44 percent of voters were not inclined to vote for Feinstein, and 41 percent were. This year, voters turned out entrenched incumbents from France to Indiana. Yet there is no Republican with a public profile to challenge Feinstein.
Another telling testimonial to the raw, overwhelming political gut-power of the RiNOrat Yacht Club clerisy in KallyFOAHNyuh ...... more and more underwhelming with every passing election. Pretty soon the ScumRats will be electing Goofy President and Pluto governor of KallyFOAHNyuh ..... oh, wait, sorry - - they did.
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