Dems Avoid Embarrassment as LaRouche Supporter Crashes to Defeat

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:50 PM

By Jason Devaney

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David Alameel cruised to victory over Kesha Rogers in Tuesday's Democratic runoff election in Texas to decide who will represent the party in the coming Senate election.

Alameel, 61, was a few percentage points shy of winning the nomination in the March primary election, finishing with 47 percent of the vote while Rogers earned just 22 percent. Tuesday's runoff was expected to go to Alameel.

With about half the votes counted, Alameel was garnering around 72 percent of the vote. He has been declared the winner and will next square off with incumbent John Cornyn, the Senate minority whip, in November.

Rogers, a political activist who has aligned herself with the Lyndon LaRouche Youth Movement, has called for President Barack Obama to be impeached. LaRouche has likened Obama to Hitler, and his supporters have posted photos of the president wearing a Hitler mustache.

Rogers' views caused the Texas Democratic Party to urge its supporters not to vote for her. If the 37-year-old had won, it would have been an embarrassment for the party to have her represent it on the November ballot.

"Obama is right in line with the Republicans, as he's supporting Wall Street financial interests, as he's supporting this drive toward thermonuclear war, and as he's destroying the physical economy of this nation," Rogers said recently, the Texas Tribune reports.

Alameel carried the support of state Sen. Wendy Davis, a candidate for governor, into Tuesday's runoff.

In recent weeks, Alameel had been talking and acting like he had one opponent left to defeat: Cornyn.

"Somehow [Rogers] managed to get 22 percent," Alameel said in the Texas Tribune story earlier this month. "There must be people who don't know what she stands for." Alameel mentioned Rogers at the event only when asked about her.

There was an enormous gap between the candidates when it came to funding. Rogers had raised just over $100,000, while Alameel had amassed a war chest of almost $4.5 million — the majority of which came from his own personal bank account, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Cornyn, 62, has allocated $7 million for his campaign as he seeks a third term in the Senate, the Dallas News reports.

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