Dems Fear Anti-Obamacare, Pro-Impeachment Candidate Could Win Nod For Senate Seat

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National Democrats are worried that a candidate who has called for Obama’s impeachment and to repeal Obamacare will win the party’s nomination to face Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the general election for Texas Senate.

The Hill reported Monday that Democrats are “scrambling” to prevent Kesha Rogers, a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, from getting the nomination. The fear has some grounding.

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll last month found that Rogers has 35 percent support in the Democratic primary while dentist David Alameel gets 27 percent and attorney Maxey Scherr gets 15 percent. If no candidate can get more than 50 percent support there’s a runoff between the top two candidates in May.

Rogers has also previously drawn Hitler mustaches on posters of Obama, according to The Hill.

Alameel, The Hill notes, has the lead in fundraising having collected $3.5 million toward his candidacy followed by Scherr with $300,000 and Rogers with a tiny $27,000.

“The party is working very hard to make sure she’s not the nominee,” former Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX) said in an interview with MSNBC on Monday. Frost is a former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Texas Democrats have also been pushing anti-Rogers material. A spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party suggested to The Hill that this was just a precaution.

“With the possibility of a low information election, you always want to make sure folks have some information to make their decision,” Texas Democratic Party spokesman Manny Garcia said.

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