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I know that the Republicans will be driven out of office and that Donald will be wearing an orange boilersuit by Christmas because both the Independent and my daughter have told me so, but other than that I am as ignorant as the babe unborn.

So who is standing against whom and who will win?

 

 "You know what the sad thing is? We spend 90 percent of our lives ducking shitstorms, begging for money, and whoring for votes. And why do we put ourselves through all of that? In order to hold onto jobs that are 90 percent ducking shitstorms, begging for money, and whoring for votes. What's wrong with this picture?"



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Local, county, and state contests comprise the "off-year" elections...the even-numbered years in between the presidential elections...like 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022, etc. Also, many congressional legislators are elected in those years...members of both chambers...the House of Representatives and the Senate. Senators serve six-year terms, and House members have to run every two years.

Off-year elections are often a referendum on how the party in power is doing...or not doing. In 2010, during Obama's first term, the Democrats lost a lot of congressional seats, and received their biggest ass-kicking since the early 1900s. Our Democratic governor got the boot and John Kasich has held that office ever since, but he can only serve for eight years (two terms), so we will have a new governor next year.

If the Democrats win big, it shows that Orangy Boy is in big trouble. If they lose, our future is toast. Burnt toast.

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Democrats in red districts in Washington State did very well, even in my own district that is usually solid red. November will be very interesting around here!

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Florida's Primary is August 28th this year (always 10 weeks before the General).  There are so many early-voting opportunities any more that it's a wonder anyone waits until Primary Day.  We've been voting by mail for decades.

I don't know about other states, but here you have to be registered Democrat or Republican in order to vote for your party's candidates in the Primary.  Of course, one way around that is to vote for your party's candidate who's most likely to get trounced by the other party's choice.

For instance, even though I'm registered Republican (would prefer Independent, but then I couldn't vote in the Primary), I've always liked Senator Bill Nelson.  I can't bear the thought of Republican Governor Rick Carpetbagger Scott being elected to the Senate, even though he likely has a good chance, so I voted for Roque De La Fuente, even though I've never heard of him.

De La Fuente is already on the ballot for U.S. Senate in his home state of California.  "Rocky" makes Rick's carpetbagging look amateurish.  Get this--

"California businessman wants to be elected to the U.S. Senate and he's trying to do it by running in two states at the same time.

De La Fuente is already on the ballot for U.S. Senate in his home state of California.  He has run for several offices in the past. He ran for U.S. Senate in Florida in 2016 and was defeated in the Democratic primary.  In a phone interview, De La Fuente maintained it's legal for him to run in two states as long as he's living in the state before he's sworn into office. He says he already owns property in Florida."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-two-state-senate-candidate-20180502-story.html

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First of all thanks for all the feed back. Secondly, what are primaries?

Over here the party members get together and agree that Sid Snot is a silly looking sod, but someone has to drive the train so they put him or her or whatever forward as the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Flat Earth party candidate for the next election. Is that what happens at a US primary?



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boosewell wrote:

First of all thanks for all the feed back. Secondly, what are primaries?

Over here the party members get together and agree that Sid Snot is a silly looking sod, but someone has to drive the train so they put him or her or whatever forward as the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Flat Earth party candidate for the next election. Is that what happens at a US primary?


More or less, but instead of getting together to agree on a candidate, party members vote.  Candidates with the most votes win their party's nomination, and the party is supposed to support them.

Lots of positions besides Federal Senate and Congress are in the primaries--state governors, legislators, department directors, state attorneys, and constitutional amendments, judges at every level, county and city councils, school boards, etc.  Except for the amendments, it all depends upon whose terms are up. 



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It's like the World Cup...your country's team wins, and it advances to the next level. You win the primary, and beat members of your own party, you move up a notch, and face the winner of the other party's primary. Very similar to playoffs and tournaments in all the major American sports. The two winners face off in the general elections in early November.

That time of year was picked so that the farmers could finish harvesting their crops and shlep into town to cast their ballots, usually on lousy roads. It was just early enough to avoid traveling on roads that would be impassible when the fall rains came, because they were just ruts in the mud. And late enough so that the rural folks could get all their chores done and still get home in time to prepare for winter. When America's population was mostly rural, everything revolved around making the farmers happy. Today, it's whatever makes the suburbanites happy.

Charlie



-- Edited by KidCharlieMane on Friday 10th of August 2018 12:01:04 AM

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