John Coyne is Enemy #1

You can’t imagine how irritated I am right now. I finally had another a chance to rid myself of the most ineffective member of Congress, Cynthia McKinney. I didn’t have high hopes of her challenger, Hank Johnson, winning, but hope I did. And I voted for him.

Well, fate can be very cruel. I am looking at the returns now and 80% of the precincts have reported. McKinney has 46% of the vote and Hank Johnson has about 44%. If neither candidate gets 50% then there will be a runoff. But here is the kicker. There is a third candidate.

John Coyne ran as a Democrat as well. And guess what? Coyne doesn’t live in the district. Coyne doesn’t know anything about the district. But Coyne has garnered 8% of the vote. And it also almost certain that those votes would have gone to Johnson had Coyne not run.

I couldn’t be more furious that some interloper jackass from the other side of town decided to come to my district and ruin the chances of getting rid of McKinney.

A runoff certainly favors McKinney and her goon-squad in South Dekalb.


  1. Harry says:

    Just curious….can Georgia primary voters change their party affiliation for a runoff? If so, McKinney really is in big trouble. The Republican in the primary picked up several thousand votes that could vote against her. Also, Coyne is an old-line white guy – it’s likely most of those votes would go to Johnson. So I guess it all depends on who turns out for the runoff.

  2. Dignan says:

    Harry: the problem is that the candidate with the best organization usually wins a runoff. And that would be McKinney. We wouldn’t even have to worry about a runoff if it wasn’t for that moron Coyne.

  3. Loren says:

    If you voted in the Republican primary, you can’t vote in a Democratic runoff.

    However, if you didn’t vote in a primary at all, you can choose to vote in either party’s runoff.

  4. Loren says:

    Nope. Here’s the word from Cathy Cox herself, two years back:

    “Voters who chose a Non-Partisan ballot or did not vote at all in the General Primary [] may choose either party’s ballot in the Run-Off.”

  5. Decaturguy says:

    I’m a little more optimistic Dingan.

    McKinney’s “machine” is a little more myth than reality. She only got 48% in her “base” of Dekalb County. Johnson more than held his own against her.

    We shall see, but I would think that McKinney is going to have a hard time getting her most hard core supporters back to the polls. And the anti-McKinney folks can smell blood.

    But, I agree, Coyne really screwed things up.

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