Saturday, September 25, 2010

Virginia Fifth District Race - #2184 - Third Party Bids, Write-ins Might Tip Close Races - Newsmax

Whether they are sore losers or never-say-die patriots, third-party candidates threaten to tip a handful of congressional and gubernatorial races to contenders who otherwise might have lost this fall. Nine-term Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware is the third prominent Republican to consider a third-party bid this year after a suffering a stinging setback at the hands of tea-party-backed conservatives.......That's the hope of two hard-pressed House Democrats in Virginia, Tom Perriello and Glenn Nye. Their well-financed GOP opponents failed to persuade one or more of their unsuccessful Republican rivals from mounting independent campaigns, which conceivably could siphon away enough conservative votes to sink the GOP nominee. Third-party candidates rarely win, but they're sometimes successful "in pulling the rug out from under the nominee" who defeated them in the party primary, said Ross K. Baker, a Rutgers University political scientist. "They're disgruntled primary losers, and they want revenge," he said.  Read more.......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

Murkowski: GOP Senators Think I Have a Shot at Winning Reelection as Write-in - The Hill - Republican senators opted not to oust Sen. Lisa Murkowski from a top committee post because they believe she has a shot at winning reelection, Murkowski said.  Murkowski, a GOP senator from Alaska who decided to pursue an independent write-in bid for reelection after losing her Republican Senate primary, said that her colleagues' decision to allow her to keep her position as ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was an "affirmation."  Read more.......The ruling class Republicans really do not get what is happening out here in the real world. We really do not care if she has a snowballs chance in ........if she could win. SHE LOST THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY! If she does not want to concede the loss, and help the REPUBLICAN THAT WON THE PRIMARY....cut her off NOW. Stop thinking these seats as yours in perpetuity to play around with, because they are not.  Article and Commentary provided by Steve Peters.

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