After the Republican primary victory for incumbent Senator Emmett Hanger back in June, I pretty much stayed out of the expected debate regarding if “Democrat” voters crossed over and voted in the Republican primary and who they would have voted for.
There were numerous blog postings and debate in many local blogs and I heard many interesting theories about this subject. I decided to keep this subject out of the “RightsideVA” line-up for there is no hard data available to prove how many “Democrat” voters may have crossed over to vote for Hanger. And as having been a Sayre supporter I am sure it would have been viewed as inappropriate and “Sore loser” if I insinuated that Senator Hanger had won due to “Outside” influence…
I found it very interesting this week when I found the following statements that appeared in a posting on the website for the Democrat Candidate that will be challenging Senator Hanger in the November election…
DEMS WIN 24TH SENATE!
David Cox Rockbridge Weekly, 6/20/07
"What’s that headline, you ask?"
"Emmett Hanger won the GOP primary last week; how could Democrats have won"?Here’s why: "Democrats won the race for Emmett."
I found it interesting that the Democrat(ic) Candidate would make such a claim with it being somewhat impossible to determine how many, if any, democrats had in fact crossed over to vote for Senator Hanger.
“Fourteen thousand voters went to the polls. Of that surprisingly high turnout, I dare say at least 900 were Democrats. I can’t prove that other than by checking out each precinct’s voter rolls. But I ran into a lot of Dems who themselves voted, and/or heard of others crossing over to the GOP primary. (I was not one.) Nary a one of them confessed to supporting Scott Sayre. On the contrary, unbeknownst to me at the time, one of my good buddies went around getting out the vote for Hanger.”
The Democratic Candidate then describes a quandary for Senator Hanger if he was to go too “far to the right” in the future…
"On the other hand, if he steers too far to the right, the Democrats who pulled him through in the ’07 primary won’t be so willing to cross party lines to help him out next time".