GOP gubernatorial candidates vie for supporters

Mar 15, 2014 Full story: Asbury Park Press 9

The ongoing struggle over the direction of the GOP played out this weekend as the California Republican Party met at its convention: The party in California and elsewhere is torn between supporters who want to steadfastly hold to conservative principles and those who want to take a more moderate, pragmatic approach that could resonate with a ... (more)

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Sen Rick Saintpornum

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Mar 15, 2014
The R. Party must purge itself of moderates.

Because the R. ultra conservatives are too old to go join Trail Life....
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Mar 16, 2014
The Republican party has reached the point of no return
.
Its too late to save them now

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#3 Mar 16, 2014
Oh Yes! Where are they going to go now? I mean the hardworking conservative folks who fill out their ranks? Become democrats? Don't kid yourself! Oh well there's always the TEA Party!
Socialism, The equal distribution of poverty!
Regards, Terri
Rainbow Kid wrote:
The Republican party has reached the point of no return
.
Its too late to save them now

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#4 Mar 16, 2014
I would say it's GREAT for Dems if the Republican Party wants to make this election about TG rights. That would mean that only Tea Party wackos and evangelical nuts would win primaries. Then most of them would lose the general election.

This open primary throws a wrench into the calculation. Does that mean enough moderate Dems will vote for the moderate Republican to give him a chance in November? It's going to be interesting to find out how open primaries change American politics.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#5 Mar 16, 2014
nhjeff wrote:
I would say it's GREAT for Dems if the Republican Party wants to make this election about TG rights. That would mean that only Tea Party wackos and evangelical nuts would win primaries. Then most of them would lose the general election.
This open primary throws a wrench into the calculation. Does that mean enough moderate Dems will vote for the moderate Republican to give him a chance in November? It's going to be interesting to find out how open primaries change American politics.
I've always hated the fact that I have to sign in as a Dem or Rep in order to vote when the primaries come around. I would much prefer being able to vote for folks in all the parties. But then, I am an Independent, so I suppose they just don't care about people like me.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#6 Mar 16, 2014
RalphB wrote:
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I've always hated the fact that I have to sign in as a Dem or Rep in order to vote when the primaries come around. I would much prefer being able to vote for folks in all the parties. But then, I am an Independent, so I suppose they just don't care about people like me.
In NH, you register as Republican or Democrat as you vote. Then when you finish voting, you re-register as "undeclared." If you forget to do that, you have to vote in the same party next time. But you can't vote for different parties in different races.

The problem with his is that both parties claim that their opponents abuse the privilege and spoil their elections. I've actually seen no evidence that such abuse has changed the outcome of any primaries.

We've been increasingly polarized by the selection of candidates by just a few primary voters. So many districts vote always for the same party that there is no longer any need for parties to choose moderate candidates to win in the general. It seems like California's system is an antidote.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#7 Mar 16, 2014
I hated it too, till it was explained to me that it's a "Party" election and were only choosing a "party" candidate. But then why is the taxpayers paying for it? If it's a "private" election, let the private parties pay for it.
My president was elected by dead people!
Regards, Terri
RalphB wrote:
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I've always hated the fact that I have to sign in as a Dem or Rep in order to vote when the primaries come around. I would much prefer being able to vote for folks in all the parties. But then, I am an Independent, so I suppose they just don't care about people like me.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#8 Mar 16, 2014
TerryE wrote:
I hated it too, till it was explained to me that it's a "Party" election and were only choosing a "party" candidate. But then why is the taxpayers paying for it? If it's a "private" election, let the private parties pay for it.
My president was elected by dead people!
Regards, Terri
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I agree with you on that. The federal government also pays millions of dollars for each of the parties' nominating conventions.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#9 Mar 17, 2014
nhjeff wrote:
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The problem with his is that both parties claim that their opponents abuse the privilege and spoil their elections. I've actually seen no evidence that such abuse has changed the outcome of any primaries.
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That's rich! As if they haven't screwed up their own parties already.

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