Aside from individual candidates' messages, the Democrats' success appears to be a combination of several factors: trickle-down from higher-level races where the party succeeded, crossover voters
, state party support, voters' disenchantment with the status quo, and Republican board candidates being lumped in as part of a "corrupt" system because of an ethics probe involving former board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.
A major factor in the significant number of crossover voters
is the candidates themselves, said GOP pollster George Khalaf.
In an interview, DAGA Executive Director Sean Rankin said the association was taking Texas "very seriously," encouraged by the demographic changes in the state, a national landscape poised to favor Democrats, the potential for crossover voters
and, of course, the securities fraud case.
But McCain had a different bar to cross than Palin in his prime-time address to the nation - promoting himself as the best candidate at the top of the ticket and appealing to crossover voters
wowed by a high-impact Democratic convention a week earlier.
What would work in a year when it could be tough to get the base to turn out and you need these crossover voters
the coalitional district would have enough crossover voters
"Basically, Woolard and Liane Levitan split the white Democratic vote in the district, along with some crossover voters
," says Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Atlanta's Emory University.
Table 15 presents more detailed information about the White crossover voters
in the three statewide samples in which we have Latino candidates running for office (the November 1994 race for Insurance Commissioner, the June 1998 race for Attorney General, and the November 1998 race for Lieutenant Governor), and in the four Los Angeles City samples where, again, we have Latino candidates running for office (the two April 2001 races and the two June 2001 races for mayor and city attorney).
What phrase was coined to describe voters who abandoned their party to vote for Reagan in 19807 a crossover voters
b Independents c hidden Republicans d Reagan Democrats
Even after Grandy began to court crossover voters
in the last three weeks of the campaign, there was little discussion by either candidate of religiously related issues or of Branstad's support from the Christian Coalition.
He said that will be his focus over the next few months - pivoting his message to appeal to crossover voters
The Tribune's Morgan Smith wrote, "Martinez Fischer's supporters have argued that his defeat was the result of low turnout and Republican crossover voters
- factors that shouldn't come into play during the upcoming race, a March primary in a presidential year.