Republicans Win Special Election in Hawaii

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  1. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/23/democratic-infighting-gives-gop-rare-victory-in-hawaii/

    Surprised to see this happen, with a 70% vote for for Obama in 2008. Sends a message to both parties to unite or face defeat.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Well not entirely, the two Democrat candidates still managed 67% of the vote between them this time, which is only a 3% drop on their share of the vote in 2008.
     
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    The big question will be is if this guy can hold his seat in November. He only won because 2 Democratic candidates split the vote.
     
  4. ucfgrad93 thread starter macrumors P6

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    Agreed, Djou shouldn't get too comfortable in Washington.
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    That should be the sentiment for all 535 seats.
     
  6. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Just another example of how the instant runoff process would better provide for the will of the people to be met instead of thwarted.
     
  7. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

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    Why aren't run-offs the standard procedure? It seems that when one candidate gets to represent a district where less than two fifths votes were for him, the people's opinion will not be accurately articulated on The Hill. :confused:
     
  8. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    More like 473, given that at least 62 senate seats are not up for re-election this year.
     
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I meant always, not just this election cycle.
     
  10. ucfgrad93 thread starter macrumors P6

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    What is this?
     
  11. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Cost and logistics. You have to pay for a whole 'nother round of balloting. The candidates have to raise and spend more. And turnout is always lower. It's hard enough to motivate people to get out and vote once, to get them to do it twice is even harder.

    That's why the instant runoff seems like a no-brainer.
     
  12. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    It's a way of indicating a ranked preference. Typically you would choose your preferred candidate, then two more ranked two and three. In the event no candidate gets a majority, the lowest ranked candidate is eliminated and their ballots reapportioned by second choice, then again by third choice.

    It's a way to avoid situations like this, where a split ballot results in election of someone who clearly doesn't represent the majority of their district. One of the Democratic candidates would have been eliminated, and presuming most of that persons voters wanted a Democrat as their second choice, the other D wold have won.
     
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    Just to put some of this into perspective...

    Democrat wins in Pennsylvania's 12 district, which went McCain in 2008:

    If the GOP couldn't get this seat -- although they still might in the general election, we'll see -- then a '94-style Congress coup is looking less likely all the time.
     

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