Republicans, should Cochran's nomination be nullified?

This is interesting (to me anyway). An article on Yahoo News says that the Tea Party in Mississippi is trying to get the primary election results nullified. Their argument is not the usual Tea Party argument ("What WE want is what should happen. If people vote otherwise, their votes shouldn't count"), it's actually a much better argument--that the Republican candidate should be chosen by REPUBLICAN voters! And because of the open run-off where anyone could vote, Cochran didn't get the majority of -Republican- votes!

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/30/tea-party-leader...

And though I don't agree with the Tea Party much, I think they have a major point here! Political parties have the right to choose their OWN candidate!

What do you think?

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  • 6 years ago
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    I find this somewhat comical, because in the past I've read demands from fringe Republicans that primaries need to be more open. Prior to this they were upset when party leaders were able to stymie them by shutting them out of party business, now they're demanding the reverse.

    If you;re interested in such things, you may find recent changes in California to be interesting as well.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/us/politics/new-...

    • Mr. Smartypants
      Lv 7
      5 years agoReport

      I hadn't heard about the new rule! And Pete Stark used to be my own congressman, before the districts got remapped. I didn't think there was a safer seat in all of Congress!

  • Greg
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    The gaping hole in that argument is that ONLY the people of MS can decide whether they are going to have an open primary system or not.

    They decided that they would have an open primary.

    There simply is no reasoned argument AFTER THE FACT that someone other than the people of MS are to blame for the choices made by the people of MS.... or that sour grapes should be called anything except sour grapes.

    I think there are too many incumbents being elected too..... but when I see an election result I don't like I don't go around asking for it to be nullified after the fact.

    Their options are straightforward and simple:

    1. Change the law so this doesn't happen.

    2. If a result you don't like does happen don't complain.... because that is the system you chose for yourself.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    No, that's NOT a good argument because Mississippi has an open primary system. If the Tea Partiers don't like that, they need to get the law changed. The primary election was in accordance with current law.

  • 6 years ago

    I'm not a Republican but I am Conservative and Usually vote Republican, sometimes because it's the lessor of 2 evils.

    However I believe Cochran should run as and for the Republican party in November. I believe that if that happens, all the Black people who voted for him in the primary will then vote for the Democrat challenger and Cochran should lose. If that happens, then good for Cochran, he deserves it.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    The problem is the primary system there. I wish they would nullify it as what that POS Cochran did was despicable.

    I am hoping he runs as a write in candidate because according to what I read, he lost by around 5k votes with 35,000 Democrats voting in it. I would rather him run and have the Democrat win than have Cochran serve another day in office.

    My question though is this.. if some of those Democrats (more than 5k) voted in the Democrat primary already, then their votes should not count as that is illegal.

    This is interesting.. (from your link)

    No state Republican Party rule or state

    law shall be observed that allows persons who have

    participated or are participating in the selection of any

    nominee of a party other than the Republican Party,

    including, but not limited to, through the use of a

    multi-party primary or similar type ballot, to

    participate in the selection of a nominee of the

    Republican Party for that general election. No person

    nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized

    by the Republican National Committee as the nominee

    of the Republican Party from that state.

    From that reading.. it does sound like he 'may' have a case

    • Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      Hi Taylor. I guess we're fellow Russian provocateurs now. LMMFAO!!!

  • 6 years ago

    The law is the law. Mississippi has open primaries. Their argument has no basis in law.

    If they don't like the law, they can try to change it.

    I remember when Lush Rimjob announced "Operation Chaos" in which Republicans were supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton. I don't remember a huge uproar about that among the GOPers. Far from me to say that there's hypocrisy involved.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    So, they aren't disputing that Cochran actually lost the Republican vote? Did they also say it was illegal to vote in both primaries and admit that people actually did that?

    • Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      So technically, being registered twice is illegal. But I'm just a Russian provocateur. hahahaha!!!!

  • 6 years ago

    States cannot change their primary type after the fact.

    If the tea party wants to legislate that they go to closed primaries for the NEXT election, then they are welcome to do so.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    If the laws of Miss. were followed and Cochran won: Then the rest is crybaby bs

  • 6 years ago

    He is 76 years old just let him have another 6 years in congress.

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