Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Live Coverage of the Indiana Primary Results-- Coats Wins

 We have word from Politico that Dan Coats has won the Indiana GOP Senatorial Primary. With 71.3% of the precincts reporting, Coats comes in a hair under 40%, clearly leading the pack.

Coats 39.9* Winner
Stutzman 30.3
Hostettler 21.5
Bates 4.2
Behney 4.2

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"The single most positive change would be the inclusion of all Presidential candidates in national debates, who qualified on enough state ballots to win 270 electoral votes."

Bad idea. Three reasons:

1. It further entrenches the power of Big Money over our election process. One would have to qualify in a dozen big states, or many more small states. This would take gobs of cash. Only the corporate fat cats can contribute this kind of dough. The debates would never have people of the people in them.

2. It would do nothing to change our insane primary system. The two tiny states of New Hampshire and Iowa would be major centers of spending by hopefuls, so that they could build the momentum they would need to qualify in other states. That's not democratic. Those states don't represent the nation. They don't merit such prominence. Yet this "reform" would increase the importance of those two states.

3. The idea is self-contradictory. It’s supposed to open up the process. But only a few more, at most, would have the backing to eventually qualify. As I said in my interview on this blog here,* in 2008 there were 533 folks who qualified by FCC standards. We should have a process that really opens up our presidential election system, so that all of these hopefuls have a fighting chance, not just the ones with connections to the superrich.

William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.