Turning online popularity into real world votes: how Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich can win by Daniel N

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by Daniel N
http://www.opednews.com
December 21, 2007 at 08:53:20

I’m writing today because of the very real threat that Ron Paul’s and Dennis Kucinich’s online popularity will not translate into a real world win in the presidential election. I believe that Paul or Kucinich can win, and the key to victory is simple: We know how to “spam” internet polls and even many straw polls. Of course I use the term “spam” facetiously; we win because we’re driven and organized. We must now use our organizational skills and drive to “spam” the primary elections.

The importance of primary elections may be obvious to the politically savvy, but many people do not even know what primary elections are. Many who know about primaries don’t care enough to participate in them. Voter turnout in primary elections is, sadly, consistently low. In 2004, only 11.4 percent of Democrat voters participated in the primary elections. Consequently, the worst possible Democratic candidate was chosen to go up against Bush. Ask you friends and family members about primary elections, and you’ll be surprised at how many of them don’t really know what primaries are. For some reason, primary elections are the best kept open secret in American politics, even though they’re even more important than the general elections. This is why I’m worried. Powerful people make sure to vote in primaries. Normal people don’t. It won’t be a shock to me if only half of the internet’s rabid Paul and Kucinich supporters bother to participate in the primaries – but this can’t be allowed to happen.

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