Democratic Primary Theory

With the Democratic primary coming up tomorrow, I have one question for you.  Are you planning to vote, and if so, for whom?  Personally I enjoy voting in the Democratic primaries and always do so when there is no Republican primary.  It gives me yet another chance to voice my opinion.  For our out-of-state friends, Virginia has open primaries which means that any registered voter can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary as long as they do not vote in both.  We selected our candidate via convention this year, which means that I can vote for a Democratic candidate too.  You see…there is no party registration in Virginia.  We don’t have registered Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, or anything else.  The state cannot restrict a primary to members of a certain party when there is no registration.  When it comes to selecting Republican candidates, I greatly prefer a convention to a primary, but that is a discussion for another day.

Anyway, tomorrow is voting day.  So for whom are you going to vote?  I’ve heard two competing theories when it comes to voting in the opposing party’s primary.  Either you vote for the candidate you think is least electable in the hopes of giving your candidate the greatest chance of victory or you vote for the candidate who is the most acceptable or more closely matches your own views in case that candidate wins.  Although both theories have their potential benefits and negatives, I prefer the latter.  For example, in 2006, I voted for Jim Webb over Harris Miller.  Did I want Jim Webb to beat George Allen?  Certainly not!  However, if a Democrat did win the seat, I would definitely want the more conservative of the two to represent me.  The same holds true for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Obviously, I want to see Bob McDonnell as Governor.  But I emphatically do not want a hardcore liberal in the mansion.  Therefore, of the three Democratic choices, I intend to vote for Creigh Deeds.  He is more supportive of our Second Amendment rights and the state death penalty.  I certainly don’t want a Clinton insider and DNC operative like McAuliffe running Virginia, and Moran seems like a typical liberal supporting abortion, so-called immigration reform, and government meddling in health care.  Now don’t think for even a moment that I endorse Creigh Deeds, but among the three candidates, I find him least objectionable.

If, on the other hand, you want to follow the opposite theory, I would recommend voting for Brian Moran.  McAuliffe is too well funded and connected and Deeds can offer more appeal to moderates and independents.  Either way, the good news is, regardless of which Democratic candidate gets the nomination, polls presently indicate that Bob McDonnell should beat all of them.

So don’t forget to vote in to in the Democratic primary tomorrow.  I know that I won’t.

5 Replies to “Democratic Primary Theory”

  1. Yeah… I’m really not into playing in their sandbox. Just as I wouldn’t want them playing in ours if the rolls were reversed.

    1. I certainly understand what you mean. That’s why I prefer conventions to primaries. They ensure that only the truly dedicated activists come out to vote and reduce crossover voting to a virtual zero.

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