August 10, 2006

ON THEIR WAY TO REPUBLICAN:

Democrat Says G.O.P. Voters Led to Her Loss (BRENDA GOODMAN, 8/120/06, NY Times)

Her cheering supporters were clearly surprised by defeat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff, but those who follow this city’s changing demographics were not.

Over the past few years, increasing numbers of affluent blacks have moved into southern DeKalb County, the base of Ms. McKinney’s district, and many were not impressed by her confrontational and occasionally erratic style.

Alan I. Abramowitz, a professor of political science at Emory University here, agreed that demographic shifts in Ms. McKinney’s district had favored her more moderate challenger, Henry C. Johnson, a trial lawyer and a former DeKalb County commissioner, who won the primary.

“Her base has really kind of eroded,” Mr. Abramowitz said. “One thing that has really happened in this district is a large influx of middle-class black voters into south DeKalb, and if you look at the voting patterns in those areas, they are not McKinney supporters.”


Interesting how more affluent blacks won it for the moderate in this race but affluent whites took out the moderate in CT.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2006 8:01 AM
Comments

The difference in most cases between strivers who have worked their way up and trust fund babies who feel guilty about having things handed to them and want to show the world that they're not part of the monied, establishment crowd and can really empathize with the downtrodden (while of course maintaining a stable of well-versed tax accountants to make sure the rules they favor don't affect them personally).

Posted by: John at August 10, 2006 10:01 AM

McKinney looks like she's undergone a makeover. She actually looks very nice, slimmed down and clear-eyed. If she can stay with the program, she'll back bigger than ever.

Posted by: erp at August 10, 2006 10:58 AM

McKinney looks like she's undergone a makeover. She actually looks very nice, slimmed down and clear-eyed. If she can stay with the program, she'll be back bigger than ever.

Posted by: erp at August 10, 2006 10:58 AM

Nerdy point: McKinney only got about 300 more votes in the runoff than she had in the first primary, from 28500 to 28800. Johnson went from 27000 to over 41000 – partly from the 5000 votes the third-place finisher got, but mostly from increased turnout (26% rather than a pitiful 22%).
For all the effort after the wake-up call, Cynthia’s floor and ceiling were pretty close together.

erp - Looks can be deceiving. Here's hoping the stake went through her heart this time.

Posted by: Kelly at August 10, 2006 11:21 AM

Is Hank really a "moderate?"

Or "moderate" compared to Kommie McKinney?

Posted by: Sandy P at August 10, 2006 11:25 AM

McKinney looks like she's undergone a makeover. She actually looks very nice, slimmed down and clear-eyed.

"Tonight, on a very special edition of Extremist Makeover, . . . "

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 10, 2006 12:50 PM

Hank's pretty run-of-the-mill liberal. But definately liberal. Don't know that he holds any moonbatty views, or at least not any more moonbatty than your average CBC member.

Posted by: Twn at August 10, 2006 12:59 PM

Oh Mike!

I'll be stealing that line for years to come.

Posted by: jeff at August 10, 2006 1:00 PM

Johnson’s moderate for a black Democrat, which puts him well left-of-center. (More Harold Ford than Dellums or Conyers.) He’ll move the Black Caucus slightly toward the mainstream, but more by subtracting McKinney than any centrism he adds.

Posted by: Kelly at August 10, 2006 1:23 PM

This blog has the wittiest comments.

I think McKinney was impaired by alcohol or drugs and that's why she acted out. Remove her out-of-control ranting and there's probably little difference between her and her opponent.

Posted by: erp at August 10, 2006 1:53 PM
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