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Do any of the Georgia Kossacks know if your state does runoff elections in primaries?

I am asking because Cynthia McKinney is holding about a 1500 vote lead in her primary with Hank Johnson.  Her percentage of the vote is 47.1 versus 44.5 for Johnson.  Are the top two forced into a runoff if no one breaks 50%  Or is it simply the top vote getter?

I'll delete this diary once I get the info from you fine folks or can find it myself

Update: Thanks to all who clued in the clueless.

Originally posted to sanchez96 on Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 09:37 PM PDT.

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  •  No runoff (0+ / 0-)

    Only Louisiana does runoffs routinely; it's a French tradition. The CA-50 special election had one, but that was a special election, not a primary.

  •  McKinney and Johnson heading for a runoff. (3+ / 0-)
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    JR, Bob Love, sanchez96

    Link courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Consitution

    http://www.ajc.com/...

  •  Other close races include: (0+ / 0-)

    • Jim Martin and Greg Hecht appeared headed for a runoff in the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

    • Karen Handel and Bill Stephens seem to be destined to face each other in a runoff in the Republican race for Secretary of State.

    • Gail Buckner led a crowded field of candidates in the Democratic race for Secretary of State.

  •  Are Republicans Allowed to Crossover... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and participate in Democratic runoffs ?

    •  Great Question, maybe reregistering as an indy (0+ / 0-)

      If so, McKinney is finished...

      •  Republican Crossovers Is How Cynthia Lost... (1+ / 0-)
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        jj32

        ...the seat four years ago.

      •  no registration (1+ / 0-)
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        jayb

        Georgia doesn't register by party, just by what ballot you elect to vote on in the primary of that cycle.  If a Republican voter didn't vote in the Primary, he can vote in the Democratic runoff if he so chooses.  That's unlikely to happen this election, though, since each side had contested primaries.  The Republicans had several very key races, including Ralph Reed/Casey Cagle for Lt Governor.  The politically-aware Republican voter, the kind that would care about swinging the runoff from McKinney and little else, cannot vote in this one, since he almost certainly voted in the Republican primary.

        Florida Democrats: Learn how to WIN at the polls! www.victoryfordems.com

        by JR on Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 10:13:12 PM PDT

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        •  Does McKinney survive? (0+ / 0-)

          n/t

          •  I don't think so (1+ / 0-)
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            sanchez96

            Conventional wisdom in Atlanta has it that if McKinney couldn't get 50% in the Primary, she's not going to win the runoff.  Back in 2004, none of the party mugwumps thought that McKinney would get 50% in the massive primary field (six, I believe), and would lose a runoff to whichever of the other candidates made it closest.  The McKinney GOTV operation came through in the 4th, though, in part because she was sharing resources with Cliff Oxford, the Senate candidate that ended up in a runoff for the primary (to lose the nomination to Rep. Majette in the runoff).  It was quite unexpected by most that she'd clear 50%.

            This time, the full force of anti-McKinney party leaders (there are thousands) will come to support Johnson in the runoff, and that will counter McKinney's always-formidable GOTV operation.  If GOTV efforts are close enough, McKinney's negative ratings will put Johnson over the top.

            Florida Democrats: Learn how to WIN at the polls! www.victoryfordems.com

            by JR on Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 10:25:28 PM PDT

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            •  GOTV, Johnson and Cynthia (1+ / 0-)
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              zumbi50

              How Sister McKinney Lost and what we can learn from it is the best analysis I've seen of Mckinney's lost to Majette in 2002.  I'd like to know if the demographics and base of support breaks along the same lines this year.  If Johnson has cut into Cynthia's base, then she's in trouble.  If not, then it seems to come down to turnout.

              •  the analysis is mostly correct-- (2+ / 0-)
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                zumbi50, sanchez96

                --though the political dynamic of the race presented is somewhat skewed towards the pre-election McKinney-spin.  McKinney and Majette were considered very close prior to the election, mostly because of Majette's fundraising success.

                Johnson may have cut into the base--I haven't seen any exit polling or canvassing data yet.

                Florida Democrats: Learn how to WIN at the polls! www.victoryfordems.com

                by JR on Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 10:59:47 PM PDT

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              •  Thanx. Take a look at the follow-up (2+ / 0-)
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                Grand Poobah, sanchez96

                I wrote that piece in Black Commentator.  You might also be interested in the follow-up article in that race I did that November on how the press outright lied about who and what parts of the district the votes came from.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution took back its bogus figures about a year later.  And of course Majette, since she had no base among Democrats in the district and could not count on Repubs to send her back, fled the seat to run for US Senate in the hollowed out shell that is GA's Democratic party.

                •  Senate move ill advised. (0+ / 0-)

                  I think that Majette could have held the seat for decade if she'd wanted to. The District was just tired of McKinney's useless tantrums and vile contempt for a large block of her constituents. (You'll note that she did not even bother to attend the 2 candidate debates in this primary season.) We just wanted someone to go to DC and be a strong liberal voice.

                  Alas, I was unable to vote against McKinney this year, as the District line moved and now I'm in John Lewis' District again. He is someone McKinney would have done well to watch, emulate and support. Instead, we Lewis is left to offer her some lessons in no-violence if she chooses to accept.

                  "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

                  by aggressiveprogressive on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 12:49:23 PM PDT

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    •  if you voted in the primary... (1+ / 0-)
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      sanchez96

      ...you can only vote in the runoff of the party in whose primary you voted in.  If you voted in the Republican primary, you can't vote in the Democratic runoff.  And vice-versa--no Democraic primary voters picking the Secretary of State nominee for the Goopers.

      Florida Democrats: Learn how to WIN at the polls! www.victoryfordems.com

      by JR on Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 10:09:36 PM PDT

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  •  Are Georgia elections less suspect (0+ / 0-)

    than when Saxbee Chambliss "surged" 13 points in the last 3 days of his Senate campaign?

    "... Just so long as I'm the dictator." - GWB, 12/18/00

    by Bob Love on Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 10:04:38 PM PDT

  •  Just heard Brad of (0+ / 0-)

    Brad's Blog on Mike Malloy Show (Air America) talking about the GA and CA elections on electric (Diebold) voting machines.  Appears there may be a valid case brought to invalidate the CA 50 election due to an upgrading of security requirements that were not followed, thus election was carried out on uncertified voting machines.  Sounds like there may be a chance, but will be difficult given the Sec of State consistently throws his support for Diebold, no matter what evidence comes out exposing security problems.

    However, I couldn't believe the kind of situation that exists in GA.  I understand calls began coming in early in the day that on the touch screen a number of voters reported they were selecting McKinney, but the final summary screen was showing they voted for Johnson.  Appears this was not happening for any of the other races.  Per the discussion between Mike and Brad, there is no paper trail, so the voter has to trust that what shows on the screen is what is actually tabulated on the system behind the screen.  This reality is hard to take.  Absolutely no way to ever cross check to see if there was a glitch in the system (or purposeful manipulation).  How can you guys live with this?  It's absurd. There could never be a recount.  No one can ever question the electronic results.  There's real hope in CA as long as Debra Bowen (Dem) is elected Sec of State, as she's been an outspoken opponent of the security holes in the electronic voting system, but what's going to happen to all the states without individuals like Bowen to fight this important battle?

    •  Georgia is touch screen central. They even have a (1+ / 0-)
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      zumbi50

      'think tank' that is sanctioned by the state to run the results without any scrutiny allowed, total secrecy. Think Florida and Ohio are messed up, wait till you find out about GA.

      CA is nowhere near as in bad shape as that, but they haven't worked us over as much yet.

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