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  •  That is correct. (6+ / 0-)

    The coat tails particularly with a Davis win would be very, very long.

    •  well more or less (14+ / 0-)

      I was alternate election judge here in North Texas, and our paper scanner jammed. As we were hand feeding the ballots later in the day, I was so sad to see all the single votes just for President Obama - and no other marks. If all the single votes for President Obama had been Straight D ticket, we could have made some serious in roads. Thank you for all the good Texas diaries. Look forward to reccing and linking to many more.
      Peace.

      Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A. Heinlein

      by txcatlin on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 11:20:24 AM PDT

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      •  In CA, and other states where "straight ticket" (7+ / 0-)

        voting is not possible, I'm sure there was a lot of that, too.

        So many people don't vote on other offices because they have no idea who the candidates are (or what the initiatives are about).

        And this is how, for many years now, the right-wing's plan to move into power has progressed. Start out with the school boards & such, & move on up. "Nobody" votes in those elections, so you can mobilize a few nuts & get the job.

        Of course, it's a plan progressives could use, too, but too seldom do.

        Side note- in judicial elections, in particular, there is a sad situation. If the candidate puts "gang prosecutor" as his/her current job, a win is likely. NOBODY puts "criminal defense lawyer" if they want to have a prayer of being voted into a judge's robe.

        I must be dreaming...

        by murphy on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 11:44:09 AM PDT

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        •  Straight Slate (5+ / 0-)

          should be taught as a strategy exactly for people who do not know the candidates.

          Even as a well informed voter, I always come across an election on the ballot that I do not know. Even if a State doesn't allow it, you can still vote manually and that should be taught to voters.

          My calculus goes thusly. If unknown, voter for the :

          Woman
          Minority
          Underdog

          If you can't figure it out between those three play rock paper scissors and pick one.

          •  Exactly! (2+ / 0-)
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            bastrop, Bluefin

            The ONLY republicans I have ever voted for have been a very few local races, mostly judicial, and those only because the attorney nephew-in-law of a former boss recommended, with detailed descriptions, a few of the republican judges over their dem opponents. This in-law is a very hard worker in the local Democratic party and I felt I could trust his opinion on some of these candidates. Otherwise, I go with your method all the way.

            The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

            by scarlet slipper on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:33:25 PM PDT

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            •  I would strike women from the list of (0+ / 0-)

              candidates to favor if candidates in a particular Texas race  are unknown.  Women in Texas politics can be every bit as objectionable as their male counterparts.  Remember it was a woman who sponsored, introduced and argued for the bill that set off Wendy Davis's filibuster.   Think of Texas Republican women candidates as comparable to federal Republican female politicians such as Michelle Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn or Virginia Foxx.  Don't assume because they're women they will be more fair or compassionate - or sane - than Texas candidates who are men.

              "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

              by SueDe on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 11:47:28 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the rec and tip. (4+ / 0-)

        There will be a lot more diaries to come.

        People think they are sick of hearing about Texas now...

      •  Obama didn't do much to talk about down (2+ / 0-)
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        ticket, as I recall.  Wendy seems more likely to talk about other Dems in TX .. rising tide lifting all the boats sorta thing.

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