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GOP chairman still banging his closed-primary drum

AL.com reports: Democratic voters helped Sen. Thad Cochran squeak by in the Republican runoff in Mississippi on Tuesday, a fact that Alabama's Republican Party chairman says strengthens the argument for party registration in this state.

Alabama is an open primary state, so voters don't have to register with a party to vote in the primary.

Chairman Bill Armistead said Democrats could determine the outcome of a Republican runoff in Alabama, just as they apparently did in Mississippi.

"I think what happened in Mississippi last night definitely sends a strong signal to us in Alabama that until we have party registration that same kind of thing could happen here in our state," Armistead said.

Armistead said he was opposed to candidates seeking Democratic support in primaries or runoffs, although he said that's fine to do in the general election. -- Alabama GOP chairman says Mississippi Senate race strengthens argument for party registration | AL.com

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