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  •  The district has been represented by Republicans (0+ / 0-)

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    How is it a "Swing District"  If I were a Republican I wouldn't be too happy with this results either.  A - so called unpopular ACA, an unpopular president and you cant win by even 2% Margin of victory. Am I missing something?

    a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

    by Jamesleo on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 07:16:20 AM PDT

    •  Because Obama carried it..TWICE... (1+ / 0-)
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      There is no sugar-coating this loss: It should have gone to e Democrat. Jolly was a weak, weak candidate (NOT the one R's wanted) and the money and support nationally were there.

      Sink was a weaker candidate and ran a terrible campaign. She walked the tightrope of centrism...and ultimately fell off.

      Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

      by Love Me Slender on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:07:54 AM PDT

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      •  There are problems on both sides (0+ / 0-)

        We cannot run away from the ACA. We cannot stop being "D" Democrats in an effort to appeal to some mythical center We might gain a few votes but we alienate our own base.
         I would imagine in 2016  a Hillary Clinton sweeping these districts and carrying the congressional seats as well  In the meantime we  have to work to promote the ACA, get the problems out and find those folks that the act has made a difference in their lives and promote them. We need to GOTV efforts and make sure they show up. The GOP got their base out . They are good at that. You have to respect them for it.  We should only be as good.

        a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

        by Jamesleo on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:30:51 AM PDT

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        •  I agree we have to run with the ACA. We have no (0+ / 0-)

          choice. It's ours and we must run with it because if we run away from it, that will just make matters worse.  It is not going anywhere and it is our signature accomplishment and so we must run on supporting it and improving it.  

      •  I see two problems here (0+ / 0-)

        The first one is in, saying that the district should have voted D because it voted for Obama twice.  You can not conflate voting for Obama with supporting Democratic candidates in general.  The presidential elections bring out a lot more voters and people can become caught up in the cult of personality of the person rather than the party affiliation.

        The second problem, one not necessarily with your statement, but one that I am seeing in this discussion is the automatic assumption that voters registered a particular way will vote party.  Many people register with one of the parties because of the ability to vote in a primary rather than as a pledge of dedication.  The same problem applies here as it does with polls.  If it were sufficient to predict the outcome we wouldn't need elections.  We could simply count the number of registered voters.

        "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

        by blackhand on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:01:12 PM PDT

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