Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Poll: Lamar Alexander Ahead of Primary Challenger, Under 50 Percent
Breitbart News ^ | May 22, 2014 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 05/22/2014 12:10:43 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is well ahead of his Republican primary challenger but polling under 50 percent a few months ahead of his August primary, a new poll provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows. Alexander leads Tea Party-backed state Rep. Joe Carr 44-20, the Triton Polling poll of approximately 1037 likely GOP primary voters and conducted Wednesday this week found. The poll was commissioned by Tea Party Nation.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: joecarr; lamaralexander; polls
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-66 next last

1 posted on 05/22/2014 12:10:44 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: BloomNTn; GailA; fieldmarshaldj; Tennessee Nana; radu; don-o; SumProVita; deoetdoctrinae; ...
ping
2 posted on 05/22/2014 12:12:13 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Crap! Hoping the poll is incorrect, but I was beginning to wonder.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 12:15:54 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
I received an email from Alexander for Senate today, perhaps to try to counter this new poll. I suspect that the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes, but I think that Carr has a fighting chance. Here is the email that I received:

Thought you would like to see this article. -- Alice

Joe Carr Has Moved The Needle 1 Percent In Five Months
Nashville Scene
Steve Cavendish
May 21, 2014

In the latest Vanderbilt poll, we find that Joe Carr's momentum is such that if he has another decade or so, he'll be competitive with Sen. Lamar Alexander.

From the last poll in December until now, pollsters at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions discovered that Carr's favorable ratings among registered Republicans rose from 16 percent to 17 percent. Seventy-five percent of the group either didn't know or had never heard of Joe Carr.

Meanwhile, in a measure of favorability among Republican primary voters, the news was just as bad for Carr:

Alexander
Favorable: 64%
Unfavorable: 29%
Never heard of: 2%

Carr
Favorable: 20%
Unfavorable: 8%
Never heard of: 55%

Other bullet points on the race:

* The Senior Senator's approval ratings are 47 percent among tea party members. That's not a "throw him out of office" kind of number.

* Half of Republican primary voters have only a favorable view toward Alexander while 7 percent have only a favorable view toward Carr.

* Of the three biggest officeholders in the state: Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam, only Alexander's statewide approval ratings didn't fall.

If we look north to last night's primaries in Kentucky, they don't exactly portend great things for Carr, either. Matt Bevin lasted only six minutes after the polls closed before Sen. Mitch McConnell was declared the winner. Tea party favorite Bevin raised only $3 million and while Carr hasn't done anything as dumb as Bevin — like speak at a pro-cockfighting rally — his sluggish fundraising and lack of a breakthrough issue have him miles behind Alexander, it appears.

4 posted on 05/22/2014 12:16:58 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ingtar

For an incumbent to be only polling at 44%, that is generally very bad news for the incumbent. Undecideds usually do not break for the incumbent.


5 posted on 05/22/2014 12:18:38 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I don’t care who wins TN primary so long as he/she is the most electable republican in general election in November.


6 posted on 05/22/2014 12:20:27 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Isn’t the primary soon?


7 posted on 05/22/2014 12:24:29 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I’m SO sick of the MORONS who vote in this country. Ask ANY of them what they think of COngress and they hate it more than Obama.

BUT, present them with an opportunity to make a DIFFERENCE and VOTE OUT career criminal incumbents, they ALWAYS go the OTHER way!!!


8 posted on 05/22/2014 12:24:41 PM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ingtar

Not until August 7th. There is still time.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 12:27:16 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Carr getting his name and political philosophy out will be huge in the coming weeks. The article says that only 28% know Carr well enough to give an opinion about him, but that 57% of people would support a conservative challenger to Alexander.


10 posted on 05/22/2014 12:27:46 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Thanks for the poll info, EOHH.

Although a lot of territory separates the two, being at 44 does not bode well for Alexander.

Once the other big primaries are over, I’m hoping the SCF, CFG, Freedom Works, and other groups will jump in to support Carr.


11 posted on 05/22/2014 12:32:44 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Maybe the conservative electorate is getting sick of the Tea Party being a nebulous concept that private organizations raise money off of and produce little results, and not a real political party?

The tea party has now leadership, no HQ, no apparatus, no media arm. Just some people calling themselves “tea party groups” and they don’t even know who the other is nor do they coordinate very well. That stuff was cute and fun back in 2010 when it kept the media and DNC off-balance, but the other side has become more savvy along with the eGOP.

And you cant have a “civil war” in a political party and think the establishment is just going to roll over. All it takes is a string of loses in primaries and the nebulous movement collapses because there is no leadership to hold accountable, and no ability to change strategy. And it no longer is considered “fun” for too many.


12 posted on 05/22/2014 12:33:18 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SharpRightTurn

Don’t forget this one!

http://www.twshannon.com


13 posted on 05/22/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: entropy12

“I don’t care who wins TN primary so long as he/she is the most electable republican in general election in November.”

It’s not likely this seat will go Dim.


14 posted on 05/22/2014 12:35:08 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

Free Republic
Exposing Liberals Daily

Please Donate!

15 posted on 05/22/2014 12:35:32 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I expected this. Alexander has so much money he has been running ads since September.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 12:37:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I was one of the voters polled for this one and chose Carr and contributed to Lamar’s negatives. :)


17 posted on 05/22/2014 12:38:59 PM PDT by BloomNTn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
I also saw the article.

Carr has done close to NOTHING in terms of mounting a campaign.

Can't WIN if you don't PLAY.

18 posted on 05/22/2014 12:41:55 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ZULU

Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?


19 posted on 05/22/2014 12:42:50 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Don’t care about poll results. Recent polling said a majority of Tennesseans favor Common Core and free college...there are a lot of uniformed people being polled.

I will vote Carr in the primary and if he doesn’t win not vote for the liberal Alexander in the general because its silly to reward a big govt Republican.


20 posted on 05/22/2014 12:43:20 PM PDT by RginTN
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

http://www.carrfortn.com


21 posted on 05/22/2014 1:03:40 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

They have a lot of choices in the Senate race in KY if all the candidates listed at
the TN SOS web site actually get on the ballot. There are 8 Republicans, 4 Democrats,
1 Green and 10 Independents listed with a filing deadline of April, 3.

http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/PetitionsFiled.pdf


22 posted on 05/22/2014 1:07:48 PM PDT by deport
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RginTN

TN has an open primary in that you don’t register by party and can select which
party you want to vote in when you choose your ballot at the polls. Correct?


23 posted on 05/22/2014 1:22:27 PM PDT by deport
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: VideoDoctor

Hmmm... if the establishment wanted to demoralize the Tea Party and had a large campaign chest. Why not set up a straw man Tea Party candidate and encourage him to not actively campaign. Have him make a little noise for publicity sake and let the media destroy the Tea Party after the primary.


24 posted on 05/22/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT by BushCountry (If you're wondering, "I got my screenname before GW was elected the first time.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: VideoDoctor

Hmmm... if the establishment candidate wanted to demoralize the Tea Party and had a large campaign chest. Why not set up a straw man Tea Party candidate and encourage him to not actively campaign. Have him make a little noise for free publicity sake and let the media destroy the Tea Party after the primary.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 1:27:17 PM PDT by BushCountry (If you're wondering, "I got my screenname before GW was elected the first time.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: BushCountry

The latest Vanderbilt Poll released May 21, shows that Carr isn’t well known across
the state with 55% saying they have never heard of him. I’m not familiar with
the race so I don’t know if Carr isn’t campaigning or lacks finances to do so.

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csdi/May_2014_VUPoll_Slides.pdf

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csdi/vupoll-home.php


26 posted on 05/22/2014 1:43:25 PM PDT by deport
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: deport

I’ve never had to do that so I think TN is a closed primary state.


27 posted on 05/22/2014 1:52:53 PM PDT by RginTN
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: RginTN
“I will vote Carr in the primary and if he doesn’t win not vote for the liberal Alexander in the general because its silly to reward a big govt Republican.”

Carr has my vote and from what I hear around town a LOT of other folks will vote the same way.

28 posted on 05/22/2014 1:53:14 PM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: deport

I was just putting on a tin foil hat for the fun of it. But several races had Tea Party candidates that were blithering idiots or did even attempt to campaign. The poster above does make a point, organization of the Tea Party with a headquarters and a strong leader is needed.


29 posted on 05/22/2014 1:56:04 PM PDT by BushCountry (If you're wondering, "I got my screenname before GW was elected the first time.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands; BloomNTn; GailA; fieldmarshaldj; Tennessee Nana; radu; don-o; SumProVita; ..

Along with Chris McDaniel in MS and Richard Cash in SC, state Representative Joe Carr of TN is a Tea Party challenger to a GOP Senator that deserves our support, since he is qualified, experienced, far more conservative than the incumbent, and would win the general election handily. Senator Lamar Alexander is far less conservative than incumbent Senators for whose heads many FReepers have (or had) been calling, such as Pat Roberts of KS, Mitch McConnell of KY, John Cornyn of TX and Mike Enzi of WY, and Joe Carr has a proven conservative record and is a much better overall candidate than the proffered “Tea Party alternatives” in KS, KY, TX and WY.

Joe Carr has a tough row to hoe in order to beat Alexander and claim the GOP Senate nomination (and thus the Senate seat). There are six other Republicans running in the primary, so the anti-Alexander vote could be diluted if conservatives don’t coalesce around Carr; unlike in, say, SC, where job-one is to hold Lindsey Graham under 50% and force a run-off, TN does not have a run-off when the first-place finisher gets below 50% of the vote, so Carr won’t get a second bite at the apple and needs to get more votes than Alexander in the primary to defeat him. Fortunately, the TN primary isn’t until August 7, so Carr has plenty of time to catch up to Alexander and pull off the upset. For that to occur, however, we need all hands on deck. Joe Carr is one candidate on which all FReepers should be able to agree, and he needs your help in order not to get swamped by Alexander’s money.

There are a lot of FReepers who have seen their preferred candidates lose in gubernatorial, Senate and House primaries so far this cycle (myself included). Well, you can adopt Joe Carr as your new favorite. You know those $20 you were going to send to your preferred candidate who didn’t make it? Send it to Joe Carr’s campaign—he can beat Alexander if he improves his fundraising, and won’t be able to beat him if he doesn’t, so your dollars will have more of an impact in the TN Senate race than practically anywhere else.

Unlike many electoral goals for which we may wish from time to time, beating Lamar Alexander is both worthwhile and achievable. Let’s get it done. http://www.carrfortn.com/


30 posted on 05/22/2014 2:03:07 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I think that Carr has been campaigning constantly. Either he or his campaign manager (I forget which) said that his time is taken up almost entirely with speaking and fundraising. However, I have some opinions about how he could have improved his campaigning:

1. While he has been campaigning basically non-stop, I usually hear about the campaign stops after the event, not before. That needs to be fixed.

2. He needed to make it easier for supporters to acquire bumper stickers and yard signs. I had to travel to the campaign headquarters in Murfreesboro to get mine. This hopefully has now been fixed. If you click on “Volunteer” on his website, you can now request these.

3. He needs to make friends with some conservative papers in the state. His name is mentioned seldom in news articles within the state. Perhaps part of that is the reluctance of some media outlets to do anything that might be interpreted as opposing Alexander.

Just some observations on my part.

If he is truly only 24 points behind in the polls, and most don’t yet recognize his name, that margin could close a good bit in the coming weeks. That might cause some media outlets to devote more time to the race and raise his profile among voters. Hopefully.


31 posted on 05/22/2014 2:04:04 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RginTN

What I find indicates TN is a open primary state. Not sure of exactly how it works.
In Texas one didn’t register by party and selected the party ballot in which you
wanted to vote when you went to the polls on primary day. So I was wondering how
it worked in TN. Thanks for your response.

http://ballotpedia.org/Voting_in_Tennessee

https://www.google.com/#q=tennessee+open+or+closed+primary


32 posted on 05/22/2014 2:06:42 PM PDT by deport
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: BushCountry

“Hmmm... if the establishment candidate wanted to demoralize the Tea Party and had a large campaign chest. Why not set up a straw man Tea Party candidate and encourage him to not actively campaign. Have him make a little noise for free publicity sake and let the media destroy the Tea Party after the primary.”


That certainly would be possible in theory, and I wouldn’t put it past someone like Lamar Alexander, but it certainly is not the case that Joe Carr is some sort of straw man candidate propped up by Alexander—Carr is a proven conservative, and jumped into the Senate race when it became clear that more prominent conservatives (such as Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn) were not going to run.

But I can’t speak for the six unknown and unfunded candidates (they have reported raising $200 between the six of them!) who filed for the seat ....


33 posted on 05/22/2014 2:09:52 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: AuH2ORepublican
As far as a setup by establishment Republicans, I don't think Joe Carr falls into that category. The jury may be out, however, on George Flinn. From the article:

From the article:

Other candidates—like Dr. George Flinn, who has been suspected of being a spoiler candidate Alexander brought in to weaken Carr’s chances—barely register in the poll.

From an April 4th article:

Before Flinn filed his papers this week, he called Alexander up as a courtesy because he has “the ultimate respect for the man.”

And when asked if Flinn believed Alexander was a good senator, he paused and said: “For the things that have come up for the time? Yes.”


http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/george-flinn-lamar-alexander-tennessee-105393.html
34 posted on 05/22/2014 2:27:56 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: SharpRightTurn

I am petrified by past results in Indiana, Delaware & Missouri where sure to win republican senate seats were lost by nominating bad candidates.


35 posted on 05/22/2014 2:38:12 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: deport

I have worked at the polls a few times here in Tennessee. When a voter prepares to fill out the application for ballot, we ask “In which primary do you wish to vote?”, and there is a place for the voter to mark his or her choice. Once the primary has been selected, a machine operator prints an access code for the voter to take into the booth, and it brings up the primary that was selected.


36 posted on 05/22/2014 2:50:02 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: entropy12

“I am petrified by past results in Indiana, Delaware & Missouri where sure to win republican senate seats were lost by nominating bad candidates.”


While such apprehension is understandable, analyzing the particular situation of the TN Senate race should put your mind at ease. While it is true that Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock proved that even experienced candidates can put their foot in their mouths and derail a candidacy, Joe Carr is not a gadfly with a shady past like Christine O’Donnell. But the main reason why I can safely assert that Carr would waltz into the Senate if he defeats Alexander in the primary is that, unlike in DE in 2010 and IN and MO in 2012, the Democrats will not nominate a viable candidate for the TN Senate seat—the candidates are all unknowns with no money. So you don’t need to worry about the seat falling to the Democrats if Carr wins the primary.


37 posted on 05/22/2014 2:52:21 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: deoetdoctrinae

Thanks. That is the process I was envisioning. You have to tell the poll workers which party you wish to vote in.


38 posted on 05/22/2014 2:57:17 PM PDT by deport
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: AuH2ORepublican

That is indeed good to hear. Thanks.


39 posted on 05/22/2014 3:17:44 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: entropy12

Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff killed himself after watching kiddie porn.


40 posted on 05/22/2014 3:51:00 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: ObamahatesPACoal

It was not Lamar’s fault, but it’s not like Lamar Alexander doesn’t have contraversy.


41 posted on 05/22/2014 3:51:27 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: ObamahatesPACoal

Lamar is as bad as Lindsey Graham.

Lamar is best friends with Chuck Schumer. He is just not as outspoken as Lindsey.


42 posted on 05/22/2014 3:56:33 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: ObamahatesPACoal

Really? That is a very sick person, with severe psychological problems.


43 posted on 05/22/2014 3:57:53 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: AuH2ORepublican

The Tea Party candidates seem to be weak and underfunded. Everything they do is guaranteed to be mocked or ignored by the media. It would be great if some of the conservative talk show hosts championed Carr. Levin dislikes Alexander and Corker, but he doesn’t talk about Carr, a solid conservative Alexander challenger.

I don’t know why any of the well known conservative TN politicians didn’t challenge Alexander for the good of the country. Did he “pay” them all off early in some way? Marsha Blackburn is on Alexander’s reelection committee and that seems fishy. What a disgrace and disappointment she turned out to be. What happened to Ed Bryant? He seemed like a “solid” conservative, ran for Senate, lost and then disappeared.

I guess I’m a “purist” because I am tired of voting for these self serving political hacks.


44 posted on 05/22/2014 4:18:21 PM PDT by BloomNTn (#Carr Not Lamar)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I reside in Tennessee—which is a reliably Republican state—and I can attest that Sen. Alexander will easily win re-nomination, and then will easily win the general election.


45 posted on 05/22/2014 7:01:35 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: entropy12

No need to worry about the democrats in this case because

A)Carr is not an an O’Donnell type or a moron like Akin/Mourdock

B)The TN rat party is close to dead, there is no bench of rat candidates in the state, they don’t have a real candidate for the seat. Donnelly was as strong a rat candidate for Indiana as was available, McCaskil was an incumbent in MO, and Delaware is a liberal state where a conservative must run a perfect race to win.


46 posted on 05/22/2014 9:22:20 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT; InterceptPoint; randita; yongin

Yes yes yes.

I’m not optimistic in SC though, not only does Cash have to contend with the unelectable (over Graham in the runoff) Lee Bright, but Nancy Mace and Bill O’Connor too.

Cash is living up to his name however, he has more of it than Bright, Mace, or any candidate other than Graham. I hope he’s turning that money into what he needs, name recognition.


47 posted on 05/22/2014 9:34:57 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Impy

Thanks for the update from TN situation. I am always for a good hard fought contest in primaries. If Carr is a good politician and more conservative than the incumbent, more power to him. But if Carr loses in primary, and if I was voting in TN, I would always pull the lever against the rat candidate.

Lugar would have won in Indiana against any rat is how I understand it from memory.

Delaware republican congressman running for senate was the least conservative of all senate candidates but he was popular in blue MD and was supposed to win in general.

Missouri was more of a toss up as you said. But Akin blew it big time.


48 posted on 05/22/2014 9:41:18 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

TN doesn’t require a majority for a nomination, and people there are too stubborn to consider removing Lamar! from public life.


49 posted on 05/22/2014 9:51:56 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It's inevitable: status quo Kentuckians are incapable of saying "No" to McC!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: entropy12; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; yongin; InterceptPoint

Lugar would have won yeah, Mourdock was a 2 time statewide winner though, there was a little reason to think he would blow the general election.

I literally can’t believe he was so stupid as to make comments similar to Todd Akin AFTER Akin made them and destroyed his campaign. It boggles the mind. That’s like being out in the woods with your friend, seeing him eat some poisoned berries that kill him, and then eating the same berries!

I admit I was an early backer of O’Donnell (before most of FR had heard of her), with Castle being so liberal as to barely register as a Republican, and the rat candidate being of the second-tier variety, I thought she could win in a Republican year. Attractive woman, potential star I thought. Of course I didn’t know about her bizarre past.

As for Akin, Clintonfatigued was one freeper who warned that he was a rube only used to running in safe Republican areas. Still he was far ahead in the polls until he stuck his foot in his mouth. 1 good media consultant could have stopped him from making that mistake. It’s sickening to think of Senate races turning on 1 statement. Think back to George Allen and “Macacca”.


50 posted on 05/22/2014 10:04:57 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-66 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson