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  •  Voter turnout? (3+ / 0-)

    I've only seen this discussed in the news once or twice - but it seems to me that the real reason Cantor lost was the 12% voter participation in the primary.  Cantor's supporters stayed home because they thought he was destined to win.  The very few people that actually did go vote - voted for the other guy.

    This whole process says nothing about a tea-party return to power.  In fact, what it says is that voter apathy or, indeed, arrogance will surely cost you an election.

    •  Makes sense to me. A clear case (1+ / 0-)
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      of "pride goeth before a fall," IMHO.

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      by peregrine kate on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:42:04 AM PDT

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    •  Actually Voter (0+ / 0-)

      Turnout was up from 2012 (presidential year) by around 18,000. Cantor's raw vote was down by around 9,000 votes from 2012.

      It was a double dose increased turnout and decreased support.

    •  I am wondering if he bothered to vote for himself (1+ / 0-)
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      I read a Washington Post story about his day on Tuesday and it sounded like fundraiser in the morning, Congress throughout the day and a drive later on to his district for his "victory" party. No where was mentioned stopping at the polls to cast a vote. That doesn't mean that he didn't, but now I am really starting to wonder.

      I wish someone would ask the question.

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      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:54:15 AM PDT

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      •  From what I can tell, (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't think he voted.  At any rate, I haven't seen any pictures of him at a polling place, giving the traditional thumbs-up and smiling cheesily.

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        by Nespolo on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:19:11 PM PDT

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