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Reply #2: You are probably right about Gomez's showing. [View All]

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-26-13 07:33 AM
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2. You are probably right about Gomez's showing.
His people should have been the more motivated to show up? Though Democrats should not have taken anything for granted after Brown.*

I think the turnout issue still matters, though. It is not just the special election because we've had those before. The turnout was far worse than the Coakley Brown special election--and she was behind by over 20 points going in, so it looked like a foregone conclusion, which lessens the incentive to show up.

I think voters are very dispirited. Some conspiracy theorists are saying Snowden is really in collusion with the PTB. I don't do well with conspiracy theories, but I did think the NSA stuff he revealed could have depressed the liberal vote for Markey. The loyalists stay loyal, no matter what; the right is fine with a surveillance state, but liberals hate it.

Anyway, now, we'll have another special election to replace Markey. Two special elections in a few months. Costly, but what can you do?

A Republican would have a good chance of winning that, I think, because of the nature of Markey's district. Maybe if a Democratic woman ran and Markey campaigned hard with her, Democrats could nail it, though.

Then again, he didn't even campaign hard for himself against Gomez. Between that and his 25% attendance record, I'm thinking he's either lazy or burned out, or both.

Bottom line: I'm glad Gomez did not win.
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