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  •  Gay Marriage effects downballot? (2+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, itskevin

    This post by Weigel got me thinking that gay marriage ballot initiatives could complement a 50-state strategy for Democrats over the next decade. I think these initiatives are especially likely to help us in mid-terms by giving younger voters who don’t usually vote in non-presidential years a reason to come to the polls. In some socially conservative states, it could possibly increase turnout among evangelicals even more and hurt Democrats downballot.  For the 2014 elections,  in which states do you guys think a gay marriage ballot question will help us? In which states do you think it will hurt us?

    •  Hrm (2+ / 0-)
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      bythesea, DCCyclone

      "Polling in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida suggests that voters would undo their marriage bans."

      That's Weigel. What polling is he talking about?

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      by David Nir on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:08:22 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know where they'd help us (1+ / 0-)
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      The Caped Composer

      But I certainly don't think it would hurt us in any of the states I've listed as "top targets"

    •  doubt it will make much of an impact here (2+ / 0-)
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      kleinburger, ArkDem14

      It'll probably help us pick up the state senate district representing Oregon State Univ., but that's already a Lean D race, without even a candidate declared.  Without running a serious opponent for either Merkley or Kitzhaber marriage equality may be the only thing driving turnout for Republicans.  But it should also drive up turnout in liberal enclaves.  Dems here have also already been universally in favor of gay rights, even the most conservative Ds in the legislature voted for our domestic partnerships and anti-discrimination bills in 2007.  People who've been voting for them already could have seen that.

      It'll be interesting to see if any legislative Republicans come out to support it.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:29:17 AM PDT

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