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    is open to Independents and Democrats now. I don't know Weiland's reason but assume he is trying to attrack Independents.

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    let me lay out a couple of things for you:

    1. Total number of registered Republicans in SD: 231,766
    1. Total number of registered Libertarians in SD: 1,044
    1. Total number of registered Democrats in SD: 194,788
    1. Total number of registered Independents in SD: 81,514

    Now, let's assume that the Independents are split 50/50 (I know, rough estimate, but really)

    Total numbers - likely conservative voters: 273,567
    Total numbers - likely liberal/dem voters: 235545

    That is a 40,000 voter disadvantage. Even if you said the independents went 75/25 - the Dems would basically be EVEN with the GOP in voter registration.

    1. GOP voters vote more consistently and at higher rates then Dems.
    1. A lot of those Dems are very moderate and have no problem voting for someone as conservative as John Thune!

    **What this all means is that you can't be a liberal and expect to last long in congress**

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    by meralda on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 11:14:21 AM PDT

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    •  Okay, that's what I wanted to know. (1+ / 0-)
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      That makes sense to me.

      Ever since Lieberman's shenanigans in '06, attaching "Independent" to "Democrat" makes me prick up my ears.  But I had some idea of the likely breakdown in S.D. party affiliation, so this strikes me as simply political acuity.

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      by Aji on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 11:18:12 AM PDT

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