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November 22, 2013


Tom R

It actually does matter. Elections are not just about getting someone elected, but more so, what that person does once they are elected. If they know that they will need to face another convention in order to get re-elected, then they will be more responsive to the needs of those that have the power to put them back into office. Even though the VA governorship is only a single term, it still impacts them if they ever decide to run for another office, such as US Senator. Also, if a governor does not address the concerns of the party, they will not have as much influence in the selection of future nominees for a host of different offices (which are also nominated by convention).

GOP in Clarke

I am all for Primaries, as long as the Political Parties pay for them instead of the local governments. On average each state wide primary costs $4 million.

The 2012 Senate Primary, which followed the expense of a fixed (only two candidates Romney and Paul) Presidential Primary, cost more than $100 PER VOTE to LOCAL tax payers.

Conventions are paid for by activists. So should Primaries.

Randyll Tarly

Nominees should be decided by primary, so long as there is only one candidate agreed upon by Eric Cantor’s donors in the financial sector, Tom Davis’ donors amongst federal government contractors, and Bill Howell’s donors in the insurance industry. This is the only way to field both mainstream and electable candidates with sufficient funding, since the convention method has been completely discredited in these respects by this year’s ticket.


This is an outstanding post. How can we disseminate this analysis? The May convention might have had a different outcome if RPV leadership hadn't scrambled the listing of the results after the 1st ballot in order to save Pete Snyder, who was next off the ballot with his abysmal 4th place finish.

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