Political Radar

'Don't play'

July 22nd, 2014

The Republican Party of Hawaii is reminding party members to only vote in their primary.

In an email blast to members, the party urged those who have received absentee mail-in ballots to vote for only their party, and not to "play" in the Democratic primary to try an influence one of those races. It includes the warning:

"Research has shown that you cannot elect a Republican by voting for a Democrat."

The full email message is below:



Do not vote in more than one Party Primary
or "Play" in other Party Primaries...

Absentee ballots were mailed out Friday, July 18th.  You may have already received yours.

When voting, please remember the following points:

-You MUST check the Republican Party box and ONLY vote for Republican candidate(s). If you fail to mark the Republican Party box OR if you vote for candidates from more than one party, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

-Do not PLAY in other Party primaries (i.e. DO NOT vote in another Party primary to influence a certain race). Research has shown that you cannot elect a Republican by voting for a Democrat.

To view a complete list of Republican candidates, click here.

3 Responses to “'Don't play'”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Well. We all know the strategy. Guess it's like CBS's Survivor in this instance -- at least in Hawaii, Repubs -- if they're smart -- will have all 10-20 Republicans on the island (insert laugh here: _________________________) vote for the Dem' that their respective candidates can beat or, well, at least get within 2,000 votes, yeah?*

    Or maybe these instructions need to be made available if Repubs have a difficult time with reading black lettering [a Grease drops microphone, bows, blows kiss to the audience].


    * Does not apply to Linda Lingle; still trying to figure out that election.

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    "Research has shown that you cannot elect a Republican by voting for a Democrat."

    If that painfully obvious truism is the best the Republicans can do for campaign analysis, they should just fold their tent and go home. Really, just cease to exist already.

  3. Kolea:

    If the Republicans in Kailua stay on their side of the fence, instead of crossing over to "play" in the Democratic primary, I expect Cynthia Thielen will withstand the challenge from the hardline Christian Right. But if they follow their normal behavior and vote in the Abercrombie-Ige race and the Hanabusa-Schatz contest, Thielen might very well be defeated by a small, dedicated and unrepresentative minority.

    I assume it is an attempt at humor when they write:
    "Research has shown that you cannot elect a Republican by voting for a Democrat."

    Well research has shown Republican crossover voting can elect the more Republican-like Democrat. And that is why so many crossover. Glad to see the party leadership is trying to put a stop to the interference of their members in the Democratic nominating process.

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