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Old 10-21-04, 04:21 PM
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W. Virginia Elector Might Leave Bush

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - If President Bush (news - web sites) wins West Virginia, one of the state's five Republican electors says he might not vote for Bush to protest the president's economic and foreign policies.



South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb said based on his research, an elector has "qualified discretion" when it comes to casting a vote.


"There is an implied duty to vote for your party's candidate. But I don't think it's an explicit duty or responsibility," said Robb, a moderate Republican who has a reputation of being a maverick in the state party.


Still, Robb calls it "highly unlikely" that he would cast a vote for Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites). He said he might cast his vote for Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) or another Republican instead as a protest against Bush, meaning the president would lose out on one electoral vote.
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Old 10-21-04, 04:25 PM
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That's pretty funny, and not unprecedented, but I don't think I've ever heard of an elector announcing this beforehand.

South Charleston is kind of a shithole, BTW. One of my best friends recently bought a house there.
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If Bush is sitting on 269, I don't see him doing this. He'll leave Bush if it doesn't make a difference.
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Didn't one guy hold out on Gore in protest in 2000?
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Originally posted by kvrdave
Didn't one guy hold out on Gore in protest in 2000?

Yes - a DC elector as a protest against the District's non-representation in Congress.
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Old 10-21-04, 04:43 PM
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Originally posted by Red Dog
If Bush is sitting on 269, I don't see him doing this. He'll leave Bush if it doesn't make a difference.
Yeap this is for sure!

still more friction at a tough time
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Originally posted by bfrank
Yeap this is for sure!

still more friction at a tough time
One thing seems certain, at least to me. If he does this, whether or not it has any real effect, his career in the Republican Party will be over.
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