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  •  His hope (7+ / 0-)

    is that it gains him support. No kidding. Massachusetts voters have a history of rebelling against the "anointed ones" (See Coakley, Martha). 50% of the state is "unenrolled" and a lot of those people eat up the "I'm not beholden to any party" schtick (See Brown, Scott).

    If the primary voters are mostly typical Democratic activists, Lynch is toast on the issues. But if he can get a huge number of unenrolleds to think he's Mr. Independent, it can only help.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 10:49:41 AM PDT

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    •  Course, those unenrolled voters (2+ / 0-)
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      don't vote in primaries, and it's the primary where this race will be decided.

      I'm still worried you don't see many visible signs of support for Markey, while there are a lot for Lynch, but the polling is very encouraging.

      The race will come down to GOTV.  We need to get our people to the polls.

      When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

      by litho on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 01:53:47 PM PDT

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      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

        they are eligible to vote in whichever primary they choose, and some do. My neighbor, who tends moderately conservative, is unenrolled and never misses a primary. As someone pointed out below, more conservative registered Dems is another area where Lynch is hoping to score some votes.

        Agree with the signs, etc., up to a point. I'd like to see them (as my wife said, it would reassuring) and the Lynch signs everywhere might give some people the sense that he's the favorite.

        But the pros have crunched the numbers and found signs everywhere is not the best deployment of resources. I don't imagine many people who'd vote Lynch just because they saw his name on more signs. If they're that out of the loop they're more likely to stay home.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:15:04 PM PDT

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      •  Not many signs in Shrewsbury for either (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

        Do not adjust your mind, there is a flaw in reality.

        by Shrew in Shrewsbury on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 05:44:24 PM PDT

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        •  My sense (0+ / 0-)

          is that there are few Markey signs or stickers anywhere. Certain places where Lynch is well known, where a large number of building trades union workers live, are fairly well plastered in Lynch signs. Southie, West Roxbury, Quincy, Weymouth.

          I would like to see more Markey street presence. I know here in Newton people overwhelmingly support him, but only two of us that I've seen have bumper stickers and I've seen not a sign anywhere. I know they have a strategy of deploying the resources elsewhere, but the lack of signage makes some supporters anxious after the Coakley debacle. I also think some progressive folks have been shellshocked for about 30 years and need reassurance that not everyone's conservative. So I'd like to see more signs around here.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:07:17 AM PDT

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