Monday, December 17, 2007

Will Lieberman's Endorsement of McCain Change the 10th District Congressional Race?

Will Joe Lieberman's endorsement of John McCain affect the outcome of the Democratic Congressional primary in Illinois' 10th Congressional District? It might. Lieberman, the Vice Presidential candidate in 2000, was popular in the 10th District, and is a far more moderate voice than either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Many 10th District voters--who Republicans consider to be Democrats--consider themselves to be independents, voting for person over party. To their minds, the straight ticket is never a thinking person's choice. Over the years, time and again these voters have entered Republican primaries to vote for a specific candidate who they fully intend to support come November.

With Seals and Footlik holding similar views, its possible that many of these independent voters will, at the least, consider entering the Republican primary to cast their vote for McCain. It will be interesting to see how this endorsement plays out locally in what has been, up to now, a very boring primary season.


Blogger El Rider said...

Hey Publia,
That is a very interesting point. I would think that the endorsement would hurt Footlick the most.

Dec 18, 2007, 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

El Rider,

I am pretty sure this is going to be of help in your campaign, with some of Footlik's primary voters moving to the Republican primary. Both Footlik and Seals are too liberal for many North Shore Democrat leaning independents, who are likely genuinely puzzled as to what the difference is between the two.

It is also possible you will enjoy a substantial crossover vote.

Dec 18, 2007, 7:06:00 PM  

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