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  •  I remember (5+ / 0-)
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    lordpet8, sacman701, bfen, bumiputera, Woody

    I remember the 1988 senate races very well as I was in college at the time. I considered most of them to be really boring - it wasn't a very exciting year. I did have the good luck to be in FL - one of the few races that was a toss-up and one of the few interesting races. To me, Mack III is the example I use when people say that someone has no chance because when he threw his hat into the ring, it was against very popular Sen Lawton Chiles. Then Chiles very unexpectedly decided not to run (he's already said he would and had walked across the state again in anticipation of it). But then the next most popular Dem in the state, former Gov (and 84 Prez candidate) Rubin Askew threw his hat into the ring. Then he backed out. Of the three main Dems who ran for the nomination in the wake of this, McKay was the strongest and Mack tried to knock him out by running his 'Hey Buddy, you're Liberal!' adds during the Dem runoff hoping the Dems would choose the weaker Bill Gunther, but no dice. Then on election night, two networks announced McKay as the winner, leading poor McKay to claim victory and repeating the boast some hapless supporter had made 'Hey Buddy, you're a Senator!' Mack III did not concede, but went to bed thinking he had lost. I was up much later than Mack because I wasn't convinced by the numbers and they started to change - this was before the internet, but I had dragged out all my roommates TVs into the living room so I was simultaneously watching all three networks and CNN.
    One other amusing thing - I was at the GOP convention that year in New Orleans and the Mass delegation had Joseph Malone present the delegations votes to nominate Bush Sr. When he announced who he was, the entire convention broke into brisk chants of "Where was Ted? Where was Ted?" I still get a little chuckle when I think of that.

    Language professors HATE me!

    by Zornorph on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:59:49 AM PDT

    •  indeed 1988 did have some interesting races (1+ / 0-)
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      Mack was able to take advantage of Bush's landslide and connect his opponenent to the unpopular Dukakis.

      I wouldn't be born until a month after all these elections were decided.

      Just wait till I get to the Wyoming race in my next diary, I don't think anyone realized what a dog fight it was going to be.

      "I know the loneliness that breaks men's hearts"' - Sam Rayburn (D-TX)

      by lordpet8 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:20:37 PM PDT

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      •  McKay (0+ / 0-)

        McKay didn't run that great of a campaign, either. There was an add where he's holding some sort of assault weapon while talking to a group of anti-smuggling law enforcement guys saying in his down-home style that he'd be their advocate in D.C. and would make sure they'd get all the funding they needed for weapons. He was trying to look tough, but he really just came across like Don Knotts. CT was interesting  because of the characters - many GOP voters crossed over and went with Lieberman (smart in the long term - Weiker would have likely bolted the GOP soon enough even if he had won).

        Language professors HATE me!

        by Zornorph on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:47:10 PM PDT

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