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  •  He got 47% of the vote. (0+ / 0-)

    That's not nearly 50%. Who's to say what would have happened if there was only one strong African American candidate in the mix.

    •  All he had to get was a quarter (1+ / 0-)
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      of Lawrence's vote. And as I said, Southfield is Peter's area; it's right on the periphary of both his state senate district and his U.S. House district. Lawrence ran as an outsider, non-Detroit machine based candidate. Her profile matched Peters' based and strongest areas much better than Clarke. And again, all Peters needed to go was get 1/4 Lawrence voters, which seems a given.

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      by ArkDem14 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:53:42 PM PDT

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    •  To win... (1+ / 0-)
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      Hansen would have had to get pretty much every Lawrence voter, a split of even 90-10 would still have give Peters a victory.

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      by NMLib on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:57:25 PM PDT

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      •  I said a strong candidate. (0+ / 0-)

        Like David Nir said, Hansen Clarke had some issues. Peters only got the percentage he did because some in African American community wanted Clarke gone. So in the event of a strong AA candidate, Peters would not have won.

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          Who both a) would have run and b) kept Peters from getting a majority in a one-on-one race.

          Go ahead, name one. Or stop asserting an opinion as fact.

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          by HoosierD42 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:47:01 PM PDT

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        •  That's disingenuous... (0+ / 0-)

          Hansen Clarke was a strong candidate, he was a state senator for nine years and an incumbent congressman. Yes, he did run a poor campaign ultimately, but that's something that can't be predicted ahead of time.

          I think you're missing that Peters himself represented a large chunk of the district, and had strong institutional support. It's absolutely not a given that a different candidate would have beaten Peters or would have even been the favorite.

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          by NMLib on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:58:10 PM PDT

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