Apparently Cantor's defeat not due to the Tea Party: Heavy Democrat voting in Republican Primary

From The Hill newspaper:
"We had probably 15,000 card-carrying Democrats come into this primary. There's just no way to anticipate something like that," Allen tells The Hill. . . ."My guess is now looking at the precinct-by-precinct analysis, probably half this electorate wasn't Republican," he said. "There's not a pollster in this country who polls voters from the other party in primary."
His analysis mirrors McLaughlin's.
"Where the voter surge was, it was Democrats who united against Cantor, who don't like him. And the mistake for our campaign above all the others, we should have polled Democratic primary voters and see if they were going to come into the Republican primary," McLaughlin said. "That's really the difference here. The reason the poll was wrong is no one anticipated Democrats were going to come in and play and they did, and that was the surge in turnout. That's why the poll was wrong, we were polling off the Republican sample." . . .



Blogger John A said...

Possible I suppose, but I would think it would require a lot of publicity to persuade Ds to vote R, even to scuttle Cantor.

6/14/2014 5:35 PM  
Blogger Proof said...

I hope that other RINOs might learn a lesson from this, the gratitude and rewards of cooperating with liberal Democrats.

6/14/2014 9:22 PM  
Blogger Steve Bratten said...

Anything to discredit the TEA Party

6/15/2014 10:51 PM  
Blogger RS said...

As a voter in the 7th and a former Cantor supporter, I went into this election supporting Cantor. It was Cantor's actions against the conservative base (who originally elected him) that caused me to vote for Brat.

During Cantor's term, the national debt went from $5 Trillion, 55% of GDP, to $18 Trillion, 100+ %. His brand of fiscal irresponsibility and deal making coupled with social conservatism is exactly backwards from what is needed.

6/16/2014 12:47 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

I had known of this before you posted here Dr. Lott, yet even with watching the National and PBS news, there was no mention of this at all. Just the usual spin...

6/16/2014 1:07 PM  

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