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Tom DeLay's New Best Friend....

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  • Greg Cannon
    Tom [not DeLay], what do you think about this? http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/03/tom_delays_new.html March 07, 2006 Tom DeLay s New Best
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      Tom [not DeLay], what do you think about this?

      http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/03/tom_delays_new.html

      March 07, 2006
      Tom DeLay's New Best Friend....

      Carole Strayhorn? Should Tom DeLay avoid a runoff
      tonight and secure re-nomination in TX 22, he may have
      one person to thank more than any other and that's
      Republican-turned-indie TX GOV candidate Carole
      Strayhorn.

      Those that have been following the DeLay primary
      closely have probably noticed that the embattled
      Congressman hasn't run many TV ads. In fact, the ones
      that have run, have been targeted at outside groups
      attacking DeLay, but not paid for by DeLay. Why that
      lack of TV if early polling indicated DeLay was, at
      one time, polling under 50% in a Republican primary?

      Well, because the DeLay folks realize that the lower
      the turnout, the more they can control the makeup of
      the electorate. And today's turnout is lower than low
      around the state because there's no seriously
      competitive statewide primary driving casual voters to
      the polls.

      Had Strayhorn stayed in the GOP primary race against
      incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, turnout today would be very
      different and DeLay would be dealing with a lot more
      of a hostile electorate.

      DeLay has spent a lot of money on this primary, but
      the money's been spent talking to his supporters, not
      on persuasion (i.e. TV etc.).

      Avoiding a runoff tonight doesn't mean DeLay's out of
      the woods for November. In fact, failing to crack 60%,
      or even 65%, would spell major problems in a race
      against Nick Lampson. But for now, DeLay ought to send
      Strayhorn a big "thank you" for helping keep turnout
      low today. [CHUCK TODD]

      Posted at 05:15 PM
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