The only Democrat state or federal elected official who represents me is President Obama. I don’t think Georgia is overwhelmingly Republican as much as I think Dems help people who don’t take the time to vote. With that being said, you can understand why I am a moderate Dem who often votes in the Republican primary.
In states like Michigan, voters register as member of a party and can only vote in the primary for that party. I view the Georgia process as members of two major parties listing their candidates and voters choosing from those candidates more so than people self-identifying as R or D. Oh, Republicans clearly function like GOP is second only to their church but Southern Dems aren’t about half that interested party politics.
If the selection of leaders take place in the GOP primary, that’s where the action is. Michelle Nunn will be the Dem nominee for Senate and Jason Carter will be the nom for governor. In most places, there is nothing popping for Dems in the primary except local elections (those locals need to be non-partisan but save that fight for another day.)
I voted for Newt Gingrich in the presidential primary before voting for Obama again in the general election. Because some GOP candidates are board line zealots, I will vote for the most reasonable one. Also, cooler candidates from the other side are the ones I want to see in constructive debates before the general election.
In the state Senate race in my area, I will be voting in the GOP primary for a decent guy who attended my high school and there will be no Dem in the general election.
If I lived in Georgia’s 2nd congressional district, I would vote for Vivian Childs in the GOP primary because she has a demeanor similar to Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Austin Scott—less Tea Party, more sweet Iced Tea. A contest between Rep. Sanford Bishop and Childs would actually help to explain how they are alike rather than what divides them…what divides us. If both political parties hate cross-party voting, that makes me want to see more of it.