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Response to CoffeeCat (Reply #23)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 08:55 PM

30. Oh, that makes sense.

We can't do that here in Idaho.
The Republicans sued earlier this year to hold their primary as a closed primary, requiring registration to vote in their primary.

They did this back in the 1970s, too, back when the Democrats had a lock on the power in Idaho.
I guess they were skeered, ala Paula Jones, that Democrats would play games in their primary and vote for the weaker candidate in their primary -- the same way they did to the Democrats for the last 25 years after those primaries were opened back up in the mid-80s.

The Democrats left their primary open this year, and it will be held at a later date since the Idaho Republicans moved their closed primary up in the calendar.
We used to hold both of the primaries on the same day, but since the Republicans are moving their primary ahead this year, we will know in March, when they hold their primary, who their candidates will be.

That should help us Idaho Democrats a little bit in order to be able to pick stronger candidates to face their candidates since we won't hold our primary until May.

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