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Donnelly doesn't buy theory his presence on Nov. ballot could help Dems
fresnobee.com ^ | 5/29/14 | John Ellis

Posted on 05/30/2014 5:37:35 AM PDT by cotton1706

Could Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tim Donnelly hurt some fellow GOP hopefuls — especially those in high Hispanic districts — if he is the party’s nominee in the November general election?

It’s something that Republican political analysts have said for months and that has been noted lately by some in the party’s political mainstream. The possibility was even noted by a national publication.

The scenario goes something like this: Donnelly, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration who has also made some controversial comments on race issues, could drive up Hispanic turnout in November just by being on the ballot — and send those voters toward the Democratic Party candidate.

Back in January, Tony Quinn, a longtime political analyst and former Republican legislative aide, told the Bee that such a scenario could play out in Hanford Republican Andy Vidak’s state Senate district, for instance. The seat is considered competitive, and Vidak is in a reelection battle against Democratic challenger Luis Chavez.

Stop right there, Donnelly said.

First off, he said he’s never heard the theory before. Secondly, he says it’s ridiculous.

“That is an incredible theory and if it were only backed by a real scenario,” he said in an interview.

People don’t turn out to vote against a candidate, Donnelly said. They only come out when they are motivated to vote for someone.

President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection proved that, he said. Obama motivated people, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney did not. And, Donnelly said, controversial actions and statements by Obama during his first term didn't result in any groundswell of anti-Obama voters.

“I just don’t buy it,” he said.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: california; elections

1 posted on 05/30/2014 5:37:35 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Any clues on what state the race is being held?


2 posted on 05/30/2014 5:43:10 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

California primary is Tuesday.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 5:45:36 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706
...and send those voters toward the Democratic Party candidate.

...where they've been all this time anyway.

Stupid.

4 posted on 05/30/2014 5:45:38 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: cotton1706

What’s the point? The Dems have a stranglehold on California and no Republican will win any big office in the foreseeable future.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 5:47:00 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: cotton1706

OK, thanks.


6 posted on 05/30/2014 5:48:46 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: cotton1706

The GOPe and Dems are still on the same side


7 posted on 05/30/2014 5:56:10 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cotton1706

“Obama motivated people, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney did not.”

BO’s operatives stole that election, but the GOP et al still could care less. i remember hearing on election day that in Ohio voters for Romney were reporting that their votes were being counted for BO, but the GOP appeared to have no concern.

remember as election day approached, Romney was getting huge turnouts at his rallies, but BO was not? so what happened to those supposedly unmotivated Romney voters on election day?

recall the sudden appearance of all these uncounted ballots that suddenly tipped outcomes away from the GOP in various other races?

it’s not who turns out to vote that wins elections, but who counts the votes that seems to be key.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT by IWONDR
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To: cotton1706

The jerk trash in the RINO establishment here went so far as to send out a flyer the other day pushing this line and smearing Donnely.

It was signed by Pete Wilson.

They can all go to hell.

Tim is going to win the gop primary, neel kashkari can go back to spending other peoples money, and if the other “republicans” lose they can blame themselves or Wilson’s anti-illegal immigration failures.


9 posted on 05/30/2014 6:38:09 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: cotton1706

There’s no window of opportunity for any GOP candidate in CA higher than assessor or some school district sub-administrator. It’s not even worth thinking about.

This state is going to have to hit bottom before it turns around, and it’s headed there in a hurry.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 6:40:04 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: cotton1706

The CA GOP is doomed anyway.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 6:59:52 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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