GOP Race: Fred Karger Beats Ron Paul in Puerto Rico Primary

Lawn sign supporting Karger in Los Angeles

Fred Karger–the openly gay, Jewish, pro-choice, pro-LGBT, pro-pot, anti-war GOP candidate–beat Ron Paul in the Puerto Rico primary Sunday. In New Hampshire, Karger beat out Michele Bachmann.

Karger, who has no SuperPAC and despite qualifying for the GOP debates has been excluded from the podium, traveled to Puerto Rico in advance of the primary, spending six days on the island campaigning:

We spent the past 6 days campaigning hard in Puerto Rico and it worked.  Ron Paul has been in all 20 debates, raised $35 million, and has 80% name identification and it looks like we beat him with our message of jobs now, moderation and inclusion.

Karger’s strategy–meeting with Republican leaders, students, the LGBT Community and lots of voters over the last six days, a  Spanish-language television commercial, “Hola Puerto Rico” and passing out lots of Frisbees–paid off.

It should be interesting to see how Karger, who is vastly underspending his fellow GOP candidates, fares in the upcoming primaries. I hope he gets on Colbert, and makes it into the debates.

Mitten$ Rmoney won the Puerto Rico primary by a landslide.


7 Responses to "GOP Race: Fred Karger Beats Ron Paul in Puerto Rico Primary"
judybrowni | Monday March 19, 2012 02:39 pm 1

“Mitt Romney Won Puerto Rico By a Landslide…
…but it was a landslide in a tiny little sandbox,

With 83 percent reporting, about 112,000 Boricua voted in the GOP’s presidential primary in Puerto Rico. As I noted last night, Mitt Romney took his victory as proof that he had juice with brown people.

Of course, 385,000 voted in a meaningless Democratic primary on the island in 2008 (the June primary came after Obama had clinched a majority of pledged delegates). So if we’re going to compare the two, well, there’s no comparison
Republicans were expecting as many as 400,000 people to vote in the Republican primary in Puerto Rico over the weekend. The trend of underwhelming Republican turnouts continues.”

perris | Monday March 19, 2012 02:52 pm 2

being a far left progressive, i would gladly vote for karger over obama, he is far more liberal then the standard barer for the d party

Lisa Derrick | Monday March 19, 2012 03:24 pm 3
In response to perris @ 2

You have the option, though if your state is a closed primary you may have to change parties. The beauty of the ballot box is that it is private.

liberalarts | Monday March 19, 2012 03:31 pm 4
In response to perris @ 2

Yes, I thought of that, too. I wish George Romney were running. Now there was a lefty.

Lisa Derrick | Monday March 19, 2012 03:34 pm 5
In response to liberalarts @ 4

George Rmoney, Mitten’s dad, was born in Mexico. Weird that he could run for Pres…

liberalarts | Monday March 19, 2012 06:55 pm 6

At this point, where he was born is less consequential than the philosophical gulf between George and his son.

According to Wiki:

Romney was born to American parents living in the Mormon colonies in Mexico; events during the Mexican Revolution forced his family to flee back to the United States when he was a child.

I’m not up on the legalities of this circumstance. If George’s parents never renounced their American citizenship and never applied for Mexican citizenship, didn’t they remain American citizens? Isn’t George’s place of birth situation similar to John McCain’s? I don’t remember George’s birth place being an issue at the time.

RonThompson | Monday March 19, 2012 07:09 pm 7
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 5

Why do you say that?

George Romney’s parents were born in the United States, but moved to Mexico for a time. The child of two American citizens born abroad is an American citizen by virtue of the parents’ status. George Romney never had to be naturalized. He was a citizen by birthright, as much as any other child of American parents.

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