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Excellent info!! I hope everyone shares, tweets and retweets this. Thanks Bill!
I am glad to see candidates standing up to the opposition with the facts instead of running for the hills.
Raymond, please see my comment below– and maybe spread it around.
When did he say this? Recently or several months ago?
Looks like it is over a year old.
“Uploaded by Fairtaxmax on Aug 26, 2010”
Sure hope both Herman Cain and Gary Johnson learn of the following research; we are indebted to Gene Key for most of it; let’s help all candidates understand this clearly:——————————————————————————— FairTax Summary from 2010 Election
Just how did candidates that supported the national FairTax proposal do across the country?
Of the 435 races for the U.S. House, 114 of them involved candidates expressing some level of support for the FairTax.
One race, OH07, had two FairTax supporters, which throws totals off by one in some cases, so 113 is used for the number of races possible for FairTax candidates to win.
Of the 114 candidates, there were 2 Independents, and 112 Republicans.
Of the 113 races, 64 FairTax candidates were Incumbents and 49 were Challengers.
Of the 113 races, the FairTax was a significant issue in 30 of the races; 1 FairTax candidate was an Incumbent, and 29 FairTax candidates were Challengers.
The FairTax Incumbent won his race for 100% success rate.
In the 29 Challenger races, 17 were won by the FairTax candidate for a 58.6% success rate overall. Of the 29 races, there were 13 where the FairTax was defended either by the Grassroots or the Challenger. Of that 13, 11 were won, for an 84.6% success rate.
In the 16 races where neither the Challenger nor Grassroots provided significant defense, 6 were won by the FairTax Challenger, for a 37.5% success rate.
To put the above 84.6% and 37.5% success rates into perspective, in the November, 2010 election, Democrats (none of which were publicly advocating the FairTax) had to defend 252 seats. Republicans won 65 seats against Democrat Incumbents for an overall success rate of 25.8%.
Democrats used their opponent’s support for the FairTax against their opponent only when in trouble. In most of the House races against FairTax candidates, Democrats did not try to use the FairTax as an issue (83 races out of 113). When they did use it, they experienced results that were, on average, worse than their counterparts who did not use misrepresentations of the FairTax to attack their opponent.
Overall, Republican Challengers won 25.8% of their races in this election cycle, but where the Challengers were identified as supporters of the FairTax they won 58.6% of the races.
In cases where the FairTax candidate was challenged on the FairTax issue, but failed to respond, they still experienced a benefit. Passive FairTax candidates won 37.5% of their races, compared to the national Republican metric of 25.8%. In other words just being identified as a supporter of the FairTax, even when the opponent controlled the debate, resulted in an 11.7% improvement in the success rate.
In cases where the FairTax candidate and/or the grassroots responded aggressively to the FairTax challenge, the success rate for Republican FairTax candidates jumped to an astonishing 84.6% success rate. This demonstrates that candidates that support the FairTax, and aggressively promote it, receive nearly a 50% advantage over passively favoring the FairTax.
Compared to Republicans who were not identified as supporters of the FairTax, those aggressively promoting and defending it enjoyed a 58.8% advantage.
The conclusion is clear: The more that the public hears about the FairTax the more they like it and will support advocates of the proposal. FairTax candidates are much more likely to be elected, and candidates that adopt the FairTax as a key plank in their political platform and aggressively promote it are far more likely to win than those that are less enthusiastic in their support of the FairTax.
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