Round Two

So the Teabaggers have another chance to pick off a few incumbent Republicans that they deem as too cozy with Obama.


Voters head to the polls today in six states to cast ballots in a the latest round of primary and runoff elections in the heart of nominating season. The marquee congressional contest is in South Carolina, where there is really only one number on the mind of Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R): 50 percent.

Fifty percent would mean Graham can avoid a runoff. His numbers hover just below that mark, a sign of voter anger (and let’s face it, apathy) over Congress.

Also in the spotlight today, Eric Cantor also faces a must-win situation, which is very likely, but the margin of victory will be closely watched for keys to Teabagger frustration with his performance these past two years. If he comes in under 20%, it could stoke the fires for further Teabagger unrest.

The really interesting race is out in Nevada, where the Lieutenant Governor’s spot is up for grabs. If a Democrat – in this instance, Lucy Flores – wins the general election, Governor Brian Sandoval may have to postpone his attempt to win Harry Reid’s seat, as the governor’s office would flip parties. Sandoval has to count on the lesser of two evils to win the Republican primary today, in order for Flores to face a real challenger in November.

As noted earlier this year, the Teabagger influence in elections is waning, and this is most notable in this primary season: Primaries are where hardcore voters turn out, and the numbers of overall votes are lower, reinforcing the influence a voting bloc may have.

By blowing up early this year, the Teabaggers have pretty much slid into obscurity. It will be a long time before Republicans have any influence in the nation.

2 Replies to “Round Two”

  1. The blowout loss that knocked Eric Cantor out of the House was an anomaly but scary nonetheless for party regulars. Cantor was at war with the Tea Party in his own state, which wanted to change the state’s Republican Central Committee selection process from primary voting to convention voting. The Committee decides who is slated for national elections, and this threatened Cantor’s seat as well as the seats of his colleagues in the Virginia delegation to the House. There was a lot of rancor over this issue and this drove the Tea Party to mount a stealth campaign against him. It didn’t help Cantor that Democrats can also vote in state primaries, but his district is so conservative, that Democrats were not a significant factor in his loss. You might also say that since redistricting added even more conservatives to Cantor’s district, making it super-safe for Republicans, it also made it risky for Cantor to take on the Tea Party. He was ousted in part by redistricting, but even there, what is the Republican Party to do? It can’t redistrict a House seat to temper conservative Republicans with moderate Republicans, because there are no moderate Republicans.

    1. I had been reading a lot of “the Democrats and their sneaky votes” and it just sounded wrong to me. Replacing Cantor with Brat is like replacing leukemia with pancreatic cancer. He’s just as deadly, but more virulent.

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