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  •  Doesn't matter unless he loses a primary (0+ / 0-)

    those people are still going to vote for him because it's hard to imagine his opponent not supporting it at well.

    •  I'm not so sure of that (0+ / 0-)

      If there is one thing that Social conservatives are good at, it's organizing.  I wouldn't be surprised if there was an attempt to primary Portman, especially in a state like Ohio.

      Swingnut since 2009, 22, Male, Democrat, CA-49 (home) CA-12 (college)

      by Ryan Dack on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:26:46 AM PDT

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      •  He's still very popular among Republicans though (0+ / 0-)

        so unless he approaches Dick Lugar territory among his own party, he should still be in good shape to avoid losing the primary. This poll for example shows him to be in that position.

        And to answer Hamtree, there will be a heavily contested presidential election so all of those bigots will still be at the polls when Portman is up for reelection. I doubt enough of them undervote to matter when the choice is between Portman and a Democrat.

      •  true but I think this issue (1+ / 0-)
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        will be moot for him by 2016.

        I mean its not like the he's voted for a tax increase or something, now that would stick with him still his next election.

        In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

        by lordpet8 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:11:48 AM PDT

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    •  Maybe not... (1+ / 0-)
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      If bigots refuse to show up and vote for him because he doesn't hate gay people then he loses votes.
      It all depends on how many voters decide to vote for him solely based on him not hating gays.
      I wish that the poll would give us the demographic data on the trends to see if his approval among Democrats and independents changed.

      We only think nothing goes without saying.

      by Hamtree on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:27:19 AM PDT

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    •  Also, he's up (4+ / 0-)

      For re-election in a Presidential year so its conceivable but unlikely that conservatives will stay home.  I don't think its out of the realm of possibility that he'll get primaried but I doubt he'd lose the primary.

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