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What Do You Think?

May 22, 2010

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's website was: Do you think voters were sending a message to incumbents in Tuesday's primary elections?

"Yes. The writing has been on the wall and it's obvious to those paying attention that another message has been sent. The voters are sending a clear signal that the actions of Washington and business as usual will no longer be tolerated. Look at all of the big-name politicians who have either removed themselves or been sent packing by the voters the past few months."

"Yes. People are voting (based on) the economy, they are voting for jobs, less taxation, do something about illegals ... start listening to the American people you represent and not to the radicals in your own party."

"I have been a Democrat all my life and I feel like I am finally waking up. Two years ago, I voted for Obama in the primary against Clinton, and then again in the general election against McCain. Today, I find myself planning to attend a tea party with my next-door neighbor, who is also a lifelong Democrat."

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"The message was to those incumbents who the party members see as not being representative of their party's basic beliefs. Kentucky is a good example of the Republicans there seeing Rand Paul more representative of Republican values than his opponent. Perhaps the Democrats in Pennsylvania saw (Arlen) Specter as too conservative for them, if that's possible."

"We, the people, can set the term limits. This is the change we can believe in."

"Voters are sending a message to all politicians. The message is if Obama is for you, we are against you."

"No matter how much they dislike Obama, the Republicans and their tea party faction offer no serious alternative. ... I could never vote for them. The tea party has shown themselves to be merely a faction of the Republican Party. They have no broad appeal."

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