- - Thursday, April 20, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The crowded field in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District election (11 Republicans vs. one Democrat) poses the question of whether Georgians are aware of the perils of splitting the vote within their own party. They came very close to snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. Either they are very young voters or they have forgotten history.

Ross Perot’s animus toward President George H. W. Bush and his resulting third party pulled enough votes from Bush to give Bill Clinton the presidency.

Democrats understand the logic of getting behind one electable candidate, even though he/she may not be their favorite. Republicans, on the other hand, embrace kamikaze politics.

KATHY HARGETT

Potomac, Md.

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