Sunday, January 08, 2006

GOP: Crisscross may have to jump, jump

Alabama Republicans may do what Democrats did decades ago and ban crossover voting in their runoff this year. The GOP originally permitted crossover ballots to attract voter interest during the days when Democrats reigned in the Solid South, but now that the region has moved largely to the elephants' side, that motivation is gone.

A University of Alabama political scientist said the move probably would come because of GOP leaders' fear that crossover votes might throw a gubernatorial runoff victory to ousted state Chief Justice Roy Moore. I'm not so sure about that, though; even if some Democrats voted for Moore, you'd think at least as many would cross over to support Gov. Bob Riley in an effort to keep Moore as far as possible from the Governor's Mansion.


Blogger Kathy said...

I'm a little confused by this. Is there a third Republican planning to run in the primary? Otherwise, either Riley or Moore would win outright, with no need for a runoff. I admit that I'm seriously considering voting in the Republican primary to vote against Moore.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

State Sen. Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb, has been deliberating whether to enter the governor's race for months now. She's got one of the Legislature's most conservative voting records, and even though there's a good chance she wouldn't win the nomination due to her lower name recognition, she still could pull in enough votes to send Moore and Riley to a runoff against each other.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"Crisscross may have to jump, jump" Ohmigod.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

If Harri Anne decides to run, maybe Twinkle will put out a hit on her.

Thanks for clueing me in -- I figured I'd missed something.

8:24 PM  

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