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Republican Crossover

  1. Mar 6, 2008 #1
    It's definetly a possibility that many of the republican voters who know McCain has their party in a choke hold are crossing over to vote in the democratic primary against whoever they despise more. I know I did. I voted for O'bama, but somehow Clinton came through on top. I guess theres more women over 80 in Ohio than I had thought.
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2008 #2

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    I'm considering it for the PA primary, but it seems cumbersome and I'm lazy...

    I heard on the news today that there hasn't been much crossover vote (10% in one open primary I think), but dunno. The hotter the campaing gets (and the more irrelevant the Republican primarys have become), the more crossover there might be.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2008 #3
    I think we all realize that regardless, it will be McCain vs. O'Bama, and at this point crossover really can't be too serious of an issue.

    In the general election, on the other hand, it's the independents that will win it. I just can't see a plurality of people voting for a black man. I'm sorry. Maybe I'm racist (gasp).
     
  5. Mar 6, 2008 #4
    Normally, I'd say that the US isn't "ready" for a black president, but McCain shoots himself in the foot on a daily basis. I think people will get fed up with him more than they will be against Obama or Clinton.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2008 #5
    Yes, agreed McCain has only hurt himself. He'd probably be better off just stopping all publicity towards himself until the generals. He has no need for it.
     
  7. Mar 11, 2008 #6

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    That happened in Fl as well. 17% of voters listing themselves as Independents voted in Florida's "closed" Republican Primary. All it took to register as a Republican in that primary was to register as one 30 days before the election. With the Democrat Primary essentially meaningless, it is very likely that there was significant crossover.
     
  8. Mar 11, 2008 #7

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    Thats something I don't quite understand about US primaries.
    If you are a member of (say) the republican party - how do you vote to choose the democrat candidate?
    Doesn't this just lead to sabotage - couldn't (eg) republicans could vote for a no-hope or joke democrat candidate to wreck the competition?
     
  9. Mar 11, 2008 #8

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    Yes. It happens all the time. It's probably how Bush got elected both times (well, that and Diebold...). And some people think this is ethical. :rolleyes:

    It's the American Way.
     
  10. Mar 11, 2008 #9

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    That's the problem with Dielbold - it might be efficent but it does take all the excitement out of an election
     
  11. Mar 11, 2008 #10

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    For the primaries, every state is different, but some have "open" primaries that let anyone vote for any party and some give you the ability to change your afiliation a month ahead of the primary.
     
  12. Mar 11, 2008 #11

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    You're mostly right. In Florida's election in 2000, the problems were almost entirely related to the paper ballots. In fact, I think part of what worries people is that having the ballot be truly secret takes away the potential for ambiguity. There's no wiggle room without chads to argue about and sue over.

    But people want drama, so if the results aren't what you are looking for and there isn't anything else to argue about, blame Diebold.
     
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