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Parker Griffith Can't Lose

...orrrrrrr, can he?
When Rep. Parker Griffith, D-Ala. switched from the Democratic to the Republican party last year, he stepped into an already-tough primary between county commissioner Mo Brooks and former Navy pilot Les Phillips. Griffith’s opponents have made the freshman congressman’s party-switch the central issue of the race.

(Another party-switcher, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, was defeated in his primary contest on May 18.)

This district has voted for a Republican in every presidential election since 1980, but it has never sent a Republican to Congress. The winner needs 50 percent of the primary vote to avoid a runoff election; with three candidates, it seems likely that none of the candidates will meet that threshold.
A very interesting thing, this party-switching. It may suit the candidate fine when initially switching (in Specter's case, getting the support of a then-popular president, in Griffith's case, railing against said president). But, when the dice hit the table, and you factor in a little thing called the Tea Party movement, you never know what the outcome may be.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the Alabama primary elections...