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  •  an incumbent senator, yes (5+ / 0-)

    but we did manage to win a primary in a R-held seat to determine who would take on an incumbent Republican. the winner of that primary went on to defeat the R incumbent.

    as for IL, I have trouble believing that Rita Mayfield personally supports gay marriage. The way she's talked about the issue in the past has been disgusting and offensive. she sounds like she's just trying to save her ass from a primary challenge. "well, I wanted to vote for gay marriage, but you know, I'm just listening to my constituents!"

    I have no doubts that the anti-gay forces at home are very loud, but that doesn't mean they are very many. the polling showing gay marriage relatively popular in IL implies a silent majority.

    Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

    by sapelcovits on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 06:30:11 AM PDT

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    •  and (3+ / 0-)

      it's possible to argue that even when primary challenges failed they still scared the incumbent into doing the right thing. Sen. Jabour in RI for instance.

      Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

      by sapelcovits on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 06:31:34 AM PDT

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    •  No, I believe Rita Mayfield (0+ / 0-)

      Tiffany Alston in Maryland said the same thing and, in fact, she was a co-sponsor of the marriage equality bill and she reneged the first time when she received the same pressure that Mayfield is receiving now.

      •  IIRC Alston was (0+ / 0-)

        mostly responsible for the bill tanking the first time around. and even the second time she demanded that the bill be amended before she could support it. I find it hard to give her the benefit of the doubt, too.

        Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

        by sapelcovits on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 03:04:56 PM PDT

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