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Republican Cochran wins with Dems, should Alabama close its primary to avoid it happening here?
YellowHammer News ^ | Cliff Sims

Posted on 06/28/2014 3:51:32 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) overcame tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff Tuesday night after finishing second behind him in the primary three weeks ago. Although he now faces a Democrat in November, Cochran’s runoff victory likely secures him a whopping seventh term in the U.S. Senate.

Alabamians were paying unusually close attention to the out-of-state race because of its potential impact on the committee assignments of one of our own U.S. senators, Richard Shelby.

(SNIP)

With all of the action in Republican primaries now, the teachers’ union and liberal activists launched a coordinated effort to get traditionally Democratic voting blocs to the polls to vote not for Democrats, but for their chosen Republicans.

In most races they were unsuccessful, but they were able to pick up a couple of state house seats.

(SNIP)

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead has already vocally backed party registration.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: appropriations; budget; sessions; shelby

1 posted on 06/28/2014 3:51:32 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

I am not associated with any party; I am an Independent. I’m glad Alabama doesn’t force me to only vote in one party’s primary.

Having said that, I’ve only voted for a democrat once in my long life; that was Jimmy Carter, and I did it because I hated Ford; being a Reagan man in the primary that year, 1976.

Since then, I have never asked for a democrat ballot. One reason is, upon my death, I pretty much will only be voting democrat.

Seriously, I’m not sure. If the GOP gets more and more RINO, it may be the only way to stop that drift.


2 posted on 06/28/2014 3:57:25 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

I think runoffs are bad news anyway. Its just compounded by having them wide open.


3 posted on 06/28/2014 4:03:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

I’m starting to really appreciate closed primaries.


4 posted on 06/28/2014 4:03:22 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: bboop
I’m starting to really appreciate closed primaries.

I have adamantly opposed open primaries from the get-go. Political parties are formed by like-minded people who band together in order to promote their agreed-upon beliefs and principles. Open primaries undermine this concept.

5 posted on 06/28/2014 4:09:21 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

“Cochran’s runoff victory likely secures him a whopping seventh term in the U.S. Senate.”

Eh, we’ll see about that.

Let me borrow a phrase: VOTE FOR THE DEM, IT’S IMPORTANT.

Defeating Thad Cochran may be the most important thing that can happen this November.


6 posted on 06/28/2014 4:11:28 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: bboop

The open primary isn’t the problem in Mississippi. The problem is in opening the runoff election to voters who didn’t vote in the primary. Close that loophole like we do here in Georgia, and you won’t have this problem.


7 posted on 06/28/2014 4:13:14 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Fiji Hill

I agree, I don’t know why any party would want to have an open primary. what’s the point?

Now, a jungle primary, like they have in LA and now (I think) in CA, that makes some sense.

In those, if anyone doesn’t know, everyone runs and the top 2 vote getters face-off in the general.


8 posted on 06/28/2014 4:14:59 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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http://www.fairvote.org/research-and-analysis/presidential-elections/congressional-and-presidential-primaries-open-closed-semi-closed-and-top-two/

Nineteen states have open primaries and a couple more with some variation.


9 posted on 06/28/2014 4:15:52 PM PDT by deport
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

All primary elections should be closed.

Democrats and other lefties create enough underhanded trouble without having the ability to screw up republican voters choice of whom they want as a candidate.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 4:21:37 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Ah, somebody else trying to encourage FReepers to vote Dem. Who the heck is paying these people?

I don’t mean you, since I’ve seen your posts before, but somebody has got to be paying concern trolls to come out and tell conservatives that their only real home is in the Democrat party and that they’ll really be getting back at the GOPe by voting Dem.

But the only people they will hurt will be themselves, because then they’ll have no leverage whatsoever.

BTW, this ain’t your daddy’s Dem party. There aren’t anymore blue dog Dems in the South or anywhere else.


11 posted on 06/28/2014 4:23:29 PM PDT by livius
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To: Iron Munro

I agree, open primaries are an invitation to dirty tricks.

The Cochran campaign would have come up with something dirty and ugly anyway, but without the 35,000 Dem voters, they would have had nowhere the same chance of succeeding.


12 posted on 06/28/2014 4:25:26 PM PDT by livius
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Open primaries are an invitation for commie lib ‘RAT antics.


13 posted on 06/28/2014 4:29:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: jocon307

In those, if anyone doesn’t know, everyone runs and the top 2 vote getters face-off in the general.


Be interesting to try that just once in TX and see what happens, the Jungle Primary. Seems almost like parliamentary conduct.


14 posted on 06/28/2014 4:44:28 PM PDT by txhurl (2014: Stunned Voters do Stunning Things!)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Not only Alabama but all open primary states should close them.


15 posted on 06/28/2014 4:48:39 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Any state with an open primary deserves the kind of results that McDaniel got.


16 posted on 06/28/2014 4:51:23 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Hoodat
The open primary isn’t the problem in Mississippi. The problem is in opening the runoff election to voters who didn’t vote in the primary. Close that loophole like we do here in Georgia, and you won’t have this problem.

Suppose Cochran had made his pitch to Democrats in the primary and had won with 50.1 percent of the vote, aided by thousands of Democrat voters. You would be OK with that?

17 posted on 06/28/2014 4:53:26 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: livius

Well, 6 years ago Rush had us voting for Hillary or Obama depending on who was ahead... In that case we were the spoilers, as we (I mean Rush listeners) were NEVER going to vote for either of them come that November.

But I can see the reason to close off the Republican primary to only conservatives, let alone democrats. No RINOs, either.


18 posted on 06/28/2014 4:58:38 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
why the hell open primaries are allowed to begin with is beyond me... what am i missing here?
19 posted on 06/28/2014 5:06:24 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal; JLS; bamahead; EdReform; saleman; Southack; kosciusko51; Bryan24; blam; Jemian; ..

Heck, yeah! ALL primaries should be closed to members of just that party.


20 posted on 06/28/2014 5:10:45 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: livius

Ah, somebody else trying to encourage FReepers to vote Dem. Who the heck is paying these people?...”
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NOBODY is paying us, comprende? You may have not reached the point most of us have, but we’re tired of bending over and holding our ankles for the most despicable so-called allies imaginable (i.e., the RINO GOPe establishment). If we allow the RINOs to employ liberal democrats to destroy conservative Republican candidates in conservative states, they will do that EVERYWHERE.

The ONLY way to make the GOPe understand that the tactics they employed in Mississippi are UNACCEPTABLE is to make them pay a price. And the ONLY price they will understand is the loss of their RINO seats where they employed these tactics.

I’m not talking about all RINOs—only the most agregious. In other words we need to take a targeted “rifle shot” approach rather than a shotgun approach. And the two RINOs I’d like to see go down this cycle are the despicable Mitch McConnell (who is on a self-admitted WAR with the Tea Party and leads that war effort) and the despicable, early dementia suffering puppet of the DC lobbyists Thad Cochran.


21 posted on 06/28/2014 5:41:20 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: Jemian

How are you doing, dear? I have been thinking about you. God bless.


22 posted on 06/28/2014 5:47:50 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Alas Babylon!

I thought that “Operation Chaos” thing was a stupid idea even at the time. For one thing, Rush spent so much time urging his listeners to mess with the Dem primaries that he completely neglected what was going on with the GOP. Thus giving us - ta da - McCain.

I think parties should stick to their own primaries and focus on getting the best candidate for them, not trying to foul up the other party’s primary. Or using the other party to foul up their opponent in their own party, as Cochran did.


23 posted on 06/28/2014 5:49:44 PM PDT by livius
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To: jocon307

The sad thing is, the RINOs are getting what they want no matter what.

What most don’t realize is, is that the Republican elites would rather have a Democrat in than tea Party. A Democrat will keep the money and corruption flowing, while Tea Party is the true party of reform and stopping money corruption in DC. The pubs can always work with Dems as they speak the same language - money from wall street and unions and fleecing the taxpayer while controlling their lives. The Tea party is set to change all that and they can’t work with them.

Like Jesus Christ, there’s a reason the most unmitiagated hatred is saved for the Tea Party. It’s because it really isn’t the status quo.


24 posted on 06/28/2014 5:51:34 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Amen!


25 posted on 06/28/2014 5:55:00 PM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: MamaB

Well, not really a good answer. About three weeks ago, I developed a kidney infection, which drewmy resistance down and I developed dengue fever. Hand-in-glove with that, I also got that opportunistic parasite, malaria. At one point, my hemoglobin was only 6.8.

So, hubby is waiting on me hand and foot, and I lay on the bed and moan about how exhausted I am. Prognosis, recovery around the end of August.


26 posted on 06/28/2014 6:32:30 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

An election which is to pick that party’s representative for the Fall election should ONLY be done by “party members” and ABSOLUTELY NO ONE ELSE!

In Oklahoma, you get a special ballot designed ONLY for that party you are registered with. You cannot cross any boundaries, because it’s not even on your ballot ... :-) ...


27 posted on 06/28/2014 6:36:22 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: bboop

An “open primary” is a crime against voting citizens!


28 posted on 06/28/2014 6:37:40 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

ALL primaries should be closed. What is the point of a primary if the other party can choose your candidate?


29 posted on 06/28/2014 6:46:53 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Jemian

Get well soon. I know how it is to not feel well. I was telling a friend that I have been sick since 2008 when I started having all kinds of anemia problems which led to low ferritin in the blood, to low B12, and thyroid problems. I told him I have a 2007 Honda and I have less than 20,000 miles on it. Now, I have to have eye muscle surgery because I am seeing double. That has cut way down on my trips to MS. My regular eye dr told me to get an eye patch. I had been being real nauseated for months. When I had part of a brain MRI done, I overheard 2 techs talking and they said seeing double can cause nausea. Why hadn’t any of my drs told me that? You take care of yourself. Keep me updated. God bless.


30 posted on 06/28/2014 6:48:55 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

I think closed primaries are the way to go.

that is how they do it in Florida.

Even independents or “no party affiliation” registered voters CANNOT VOTE for a Republican in the primary.


31 posted on 06/28/2014 7:03:16 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: txhurl

Not sure about your parliamentary angle, but it did get ONE republican elected to congress from CA.

I forget the details but the top 2 were both “R” and one of them one.

A surprIse to all, it seemed at the time!


32 posted on 06/28/2014 7:35:32 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal; All

my question is how?

Here in Alabama, at least my part of it ,we have no voter ID cards that have your Party affiliation on it. You simply tell them at the poll you are a Republican OR Democrat.

Nowhere on your Photo ID is your party affiliation registered either...
So, how do you stop Dems from voting in a Repub primary / run off?


33 posted on 06/28/2014 8:37:15 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: cripplecreek

Runoffs are the only reason Cruz is a senator from Texas. They are a powerful tool to fight incumbants and the establishment in both parties.

I fully expect the powers that be start to try to restrict runoffs or do away with them altogether if they can.


34 posted on 06/28/2014 9:13:48 PM PDT by zeugma (It is time for us to start playing cowboys and muslims for real now.)
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To: jocon307
Eh, we’ll see about that. Let me borrow a phrase: VOTE FOR THE DEM, IT’S IMPORTANT. Defeating Thad Cochran may be the most important thing that can happen this November.

Yeppers - we will not vote for Cochran and may very well vote for Childers to double down with our votes. Allowing Cochran another term is submission to, and endorsement of, betrayal.

35 posted on 06/29/2014 3:17:21 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

It really shows you what we are up against, how the MSM colludes with the GOP-E, and vice versa, to misrepresent things.

Again and again you hear about Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell, but you never hear about the Establishment candidates who prevailed in the primaries and lost in the general.

And then if anyone raises say Rubio v. Christ or Rand Paul and whoever it was he beat, they’re like um...um...let’s move on.

And the sheer ingratitude that has been shown by the Republican party who would still be wandering in the Obama-dominated wilderness if not for the tea party is mind-blowing.

This Cochran thing was just a bridge too far. I wouldn’t really care if he reached out to dems to vote for him, politics ain’t beanbag, etc. But to smear his opponent, and his opponent’s supporters the way he did, he just has to lose.

And those smears are also being covered up by the MSM, but I think those who need to know about them do.

So, I hope they’ll all be flummoxed the day after election day, wondering how a man who got cross-over support in the primary lost by 40 points.


36 posted on 06/29/2014 4:38:06 AM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Jemian

General elections should be open. Primaries should be closed PERIOD. The open primary states seem to be ignorant to the problems of the past. The Alabama Republican party has been resistant to closed primaries for years. I hope Mississippi is a wake up call.


37 posted on 06/29/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Stop wishing for a perfect world. You may get it. Who will you talk to then?)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

YES!

Primaries should be closed. I know that clyde chambliss GOPe RINO (running for AL-30) is a bought and paid for hack of one or two of the unions/special intrest groups. That is how he had the money to blanket the airwaves with those nauseating ads for weeks on end before the June 2nd primary.

“My daddy dosn’t let me date yet” says clyde’s daughter in one stupid commercial... Like THAT really has something to do with the issues in AL-30 or the state for that matter? But that’s typical clyde always hiding behind a skirt.


38 posted on 06/30/2014 3:23:14 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (If you ain't CAV, you ain't.......)
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