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Friday, January 15, 2010
By Steven L. Taylor

The Massachusetts special election will provide an interesting case for those who are interested in way in which candidate names can influence the behavior of votes:   3rd-Party Candidate Named Kennedy Could Tip Senate Race in Massachusetts:

the Tea Party candidate happens to be named Joe Kennedy

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Democrats here are concerned that some uninformed voters might confuse him for a member of the better-known, well-loved Kennedy clan, which he is not.

It will be interesting to see what percentage of the vote Kennedy will receive.  What is actually more interesting is that the Tea Party and their allies seem to have learned from NY23, because it could be argued that Republican Scott Brown is a RINO by Tea Party standards, yet they have decided that maybe winning is more important than ideological purity (which was not the approach in NY23).

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2 Responses to “Kennedy on the Ballot”

  1. Ratoe Says:

    I think the Republicans or Libertarians did something similar a few years back in Chicago when they found someone named “Jessie Jackson” to run against Congressman Jessie Jackson.

    It didn’t seem to fool many people as Congressman Jessie won easily. I doubt Joe Kennedy will get many liberal Dem votes.

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