Saturday, August 7, 2010

How Low Can the Run Off Turnout Go?

10? 20? 30? 40? 50 or more?

The big question for next Tuesday's run off is how many Georgians will actually go to the polls to decide on 4 republican and 1 democrat run off contests that resulted from the primaries last month. About 20% of the registered voters showed up for that little shindig and historically the turn out for run offs is substantially less than turnouts for primaries. So whats the number gonna be?

If 20% of the people that voted last month bother to return on Tuesday, that means about 200,000 Georgians will pick the republican candidates for Governor, Insurance Commissioner, PSC District 2 and Attorney General while the democrats sort out their SecState candidate. About 120,000 hardcore, motivated republicans out of around 2.4 million here in Georgia get to pick out the lead dogs for the republican effort this fall.

We could not be happier.

It guarantees Libertarian John Monds will be facing a polarizing republican this fall in the Governors race, it makes sure that Libertarian Shane Bruce will be the only guy on the ballot for Insurance Commissioner and gives Libertarian's Jim Sendlebach and Don Smart the luxury of facing some pretty radical righties in the contests for PSC District 2 and Attorney General.

5% of the republican and democrat base gets to call the shot and that's a good thing for Liberty.

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