There was crossover voting in the primary against Reed and I am not bringing it up to start the Cagle Reed thing again.
I’m not buying it. I am also not saying whether CC or RR is the better candidate/a good human/saviour of the GAGOP/voice of God etc.
What I am saying is that it is hard to measure crossover votes, but looking at the numbers for this race, it is hard to believe crossover votes alone beat RR.
Allow me to explain…
If we assume only GOPers voted for RR and CC managed to get crossover votes, CC got some 50, 000 Dems to crossover, meaning that they could not vote in their own bitter and tight race for Governor.
Even if we say that it was not all Democrats who voted for CC, that is a very concentrated effort to move 50, 000 voters.
Oh and let us not forget, many Dems knew, or felt, that RR wasn’t going to win the GE and would drag down the GOP ticket and thusly help the Democrats get elected. I have a feeling that they wanted that more than making sure RR wouldn’t be the nominee.
Therefore if any of them crossed over it would have been for RR, not against him.
And how can I forget that RR did have some ethical qualms in the hearts and minds of some. One can only assume that kept more than a few voters out of the RR camp.
So that is my take on Crossover Controversy ’06 (or CC ’06, whatever you want to call it :D).
I do think saying crossover votes is a way for supporters to say, “yeah our candidate was terrible” without actually saying as much.
And I am not supporting anyone (D or R) in this race yet. I don’t know if I will.