Primary Foreshadow?

A former Republican congressman narrowly beat his Democratic rival early Wednesday to fill the House seat once held by jailed Randy "Duke" Cunningham, one of several contests in eight states closely watched as a possible early barometer of next fall's vote.

Republican Brian Bilbray emerged victorious after a costly and contentious special election race against Democrat Francine Busby, a local school board member. Read more.

Are yesterday's primary victories an indication of how the country will vote in the November election?

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Here's what FOX Fans are saying:

”Yes, I believe both parties have played the blame game too much. I, for one, am sick of hearing about who is at fault about deficit spending, immigration nightmares, etc. They act like children on a playground. He started it; did not; did too! God only knows where all this will end and how badly. I am a Republican who is very disappointed with the way Bush has handled immigration and the gas shortages. It's time to see our president pulling our country together with a tough, no-nonsense way. Say what you mean and mean what you say in the manner we saw him in his first term.” — Sarah (Jackson, LA)

”Nobody can read the future! We as a society need to quit trying to read people's minds. Our lawmakers are showing their God-like behavior and putting themselves on pedestals that will be torn down by the American people with their votes next November.” — Kathleen (Alabama)

”I think the third rail in the November elections will be immigration and gay marriage. Both issues show a majority of the voters against open immigration and against gay marriage. I think it was very smart for the Republicans to force both Republicans and Democrats to voice their position on the issues by forcing their vote before election day. Now neither side can spin their positions.” — John (Los Osos, CA)

”I don't really feel the primary elections yesterday are a real indicator of the November elections because most people, like myself, don't vote in the primaries, and I'm ultra-conservative.” — Diane (Cedar Park, TX)

”The reality is that neither party has a clear platform. They are both pandering to their pollsters, and until a clear a definitive party platform is laid out it will probably just boil down to who shows up to cast their vote.” — B.W. (Houston, TX)

”People vote based on local values and for the most part could care less about what the mainstream media influence has to say.” — Daniel (Tulsa, OK)

"I believe that there many more conservatives than the media portrays, and yes, the November elections may come as a surprise to the liberal media and their supporters. The Democrats only seem to have one focus plan — how much and how many times they can bash President Bush? OK, we get it. They hate the president. But they leave the main questions unanswered, just like they always do. What can they, the Democrats, do better? What realistic plans do they have to show America that they can remedy the many issues our country faces? All I seem to hear is that they can do better than President Bush, but I have yet to hear exactly how.” — Sara (California)

”I, too, think that immigration is a major battle this year, no matter what party gets elected. Members of Congress are not doing their jobs and are only looking for ways to line their pockets. They had better wake up and start doing their jobs!” — Daniel

”One can only hope that all the voters will make informed decisions and peruse the voting records of the candidates. The talk of staying away from the polls and/or voting out all incumbents is counterproductive. Look at the voting records of your elected officials and vote accordingly. Whether Democrat or Republican it makes no difference; if they vote counter to the American citizen, send ‘em packing! If they vote for the betterment of our country, keep ‘em!” — Tim (Nashville, IN)

”No, you can't extrapolate based upon one race, and make a judgment about all the others. Who really knows why the margin was significantly less? There are a multitude of factors involved. Let's hope that the voters elect people to Congress on the basis of integrity, qualifications, public record, and platform, and not simply party affiliation or how much ‘juice’ they have.” — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)

”Democrats have not learned the most important lesson. The majority of the voters are not looking for negative smears, weak agendas, and continuously downplaying the president. He is the leader of our country and not a particular segment of our political system. Both the Republicans and Democrats have a certain amount of problems. Neither party will ever be free of them. Greed, power or thinking that you are above the law because of past family members being in high positions are some of the causes of these problems. These infractions are caused by a small percentage of members of all parties. If you commit fraud, assault, or murder, become addicted to drugs or use your position to garner bribes, then you should be singled out and held accountable like any and all citizens. The majority of the people in government services are dedicated servants and should be applauded for their service and not condemned for the actions of few. Each senator, congressman, etc. should be judged on his or her performance and record.” — Joe (Cape Coral, FL)

”Who knows what lies will be told before the general elections? To try to guesstimate how the electorate will vote is tricky, at best.” — Barbara

"Yes, these votes are a negative harbinger for the Democratic leadership. Everything should have been going their way, but they still just don’t get it. National security, personal safety for self and family, overall patriotism for the country, and respect for the offices of our national government only result in complaining, do-nothing ideas from them. I believe in a rational immigration policy, which will not leave California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico looking like a poor derivative of Mexico. I want realistic, all-encompassing health care for more than just healthy young people or old folks who can afford it. I believe in a tax system that taxes everyone, maintains some progressive elements that tax the rich more than the poor. If the Democrats champion that, then I will vote Democrat, with a smile." — Greg (Destin, FL)

"I do believe this is a fantastic foreshadowing of the upcoming primary. The Democrats just don't get it: the majority of America does not think like they do. When push comes to shove, we need responsible, reasonable leadership (which is represented in the Republican party overall). Save the lofty, ivory tower thinking for the college campuses, not for the people running the most powerful country in the world. The people in this country know the truth when they see it, regardless of what Hollywood and the mainstream media tell us to believe." — Yvonne (Florida)

"Francine Busby lost the election because she favors illegal immigration. Republicans, beware! For those who are going soft on protecting our borders, as well as giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, understand that the voters are watching and will vote accordingly, even if it means closing their wallets and staying home on Election Day." — David

"Maybe. People tend to vote for their incumbents, choosing the evil that they know over the evil that they don't know. They will even vote for their ‘homeboy’ when they're under indictment or in prison. I guess they figure politicians are crooks anyway. Seriously, even though incumbency may be an advantage, a lot can happen between now and voting day that will affect the whims of voters. Nonetheless, the outcome in November will be primarily determined by the degree of dissatisfaction of constituents with either the incumbent or the party for which they normally vote. Since voters would have to be really angry with their normal choice, I predict that 90 percent of incumbents (or party replacements) will keep their present seats and Republicans will remain in power." — Edward (Redmond, WA)

"Yes, the primaries are a great sign of what is going to happen in November despite what the media says. The Republicans will hold the house and senate and perhaps increase their majority." — Steve (Superior, WI)

"I think that looking at the overall voting trend would give you some indication as to how voters may lean in the upcoming elections. Yesterday’s results leaned in the Republicans’ favor, even though it was a mixed bag. The Democrats pushed so hard for Busby and played up the fact that this may be a bellwether race that they forced the bellwether issue up in the voters’ minds. Now, voters have the idea that the Republicans stand a better chance in the upcoming elections. This may energize the Republican voter base, to the Democrats’ dismay." — Leslie

"I do believe these victories are an indication of the November elections. Despite repetition by the liberal media and pollsters to the contrary, most Americans support the Republican stance on issues like same sex marriage, immigration control, Supreme Court appointments, tax cuts, wiretapping, etc. Just because some Republicans have disgraced their offices does not change the ideology of their constituents. They will vote in new faces to try to represent them. The Democrats have offered little, other than criticism, and the argument that they are not Republicans — not much to hang one’s vote on." — Patrice (Syracuse, NY)

"The election of Brian Bilbray to congress is an indication that immigration will be the most important issue in many races in the November election. Bilbray ran in opposition to illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. He won despite having a third party candidate on the ballot who also made illegal immigration the number one issue." — Jim

"No. Each local race will be decided on its own. There's no national trend that will carry into November. Voters concentrate on the candidate and, as always, these races are decided on name recognition and end up being a popularity contest. Whoever knows the most people and seems like the nicest guy will win." — Michael

"Democrats continue to fail in school, with a poor history grade. They have not learned from past elections! Their 'Hate Bush' campaign continues to be their focus. The majority of people see right through this failure, as those in California did. Many politicians are not respected today, because of their continual, negative attacks, selfish power motives and a very weak foundation of beliefs. Bilbray ran on a platform based on immigration reforms and a plan for action. Busby focused on attacking Bush and Bilbray. (It's not surprising Kerry and Gore tuned in with the same focus.) President Bush has made mistakes, but you are aware of his beliefs and principals." — RD

"It's going to be a tough fight for Republicans this time. People voted for them last time because they thought they were going to make a difference. Future action on immigration is the key this time, and unless one party takes a strong stance, we might as well try the other party to see what they'll do." — Greg (NY)

"I think it is too early to tell what will happen in fall elections. I am a fairly new Republican (at age 64) and I support the fence on the border, but I'm against the recently defeated marriage definition constitutional amendment. Whatever I feel about gay marriage, I still feel it is an issue for each state to decide. I may disagree with issues supported by President Bush, but I am very reluctant to vote for a Democrat." — Barbara (Indianapolis, IN)

"It could be an indicator, albeit a small one because the electorate will be comprised of a small percentage of those eligible to vote. Those who go to the polls will be 'single-issue voters.' The 'party-line' voters follow the dictates of a leader or an organization, such as big labor. It seems that only a few who have studied all sides of the issues are truly qualified and prepared find their way to the polls." — Doug (Mesa, AZ)

"I certainly hope so. In my state of Alabama, the Republicans ran a clean race and the right wing was obviously the choice of voters, while Democrats slung mud at each other. Judge Roy Moore ran for governor and, though he has all the respect in the world from me and, I believe, most residents of Alabama, Bob Riley seems to be doing better the longer he's governor. The Republican candidates were so good that people struggled to choose." — R. (Springville, AL)

"The Republicans are not in nearly as much trouble as the Democrats hope or the press portrays. This is because all politicians are viewed negatively in this day and age and the Democrats do not recognize this. This vote represents what will happen throughout the election season." — Paul (Olympia, WA)

"It seems that liberals like to talk and conservatives do not. All we hear in the liberal media is their agenda and views, while conservatives sit home, pay attention, and wait to go to the voting booth. That was proven in 2000, as well as in 2004, in the presidential race. All the polls indicated a win for the Democrats, but I believe the American people showed just what polls are worth — nothing. Democrats love polls because that is how they govern — they use polls to measure what they think people want. These polls, however, represent only a fraction of a given area. If we are lucky, this election result is a glimpse of what is to come." — Mark (South Carolina)

"It’s all about immigration, immigration, immigration. The Senate ignored America’s demands, and we’re showing it at the polls. I am just sad that amnesty-supporter Lindsay Graham won’t be up for re-election for a few more years. After telling the South Carolinians who are opposed to illegal immigration that we need to 'grow up,' we’re ready to dump him." — Ronda (Great Falls, SC)

"Yes! Despite all their rhetoric, the Democrats offer no reason for the American people to put them in power. In fact, the American people are angrier with the Democrats than they are the Republicans, as evidenced by the 20 percent approval rating for congressional Democrats. If the Republicans had half a brain and ran on stopping illegal immigration, they would gain seats. Alas, they don’t and, as a result, there will be little change in the present composition of Congress." — Tom (New Hampshire)

"Possibly. I think the Republicans need to look at this victory long and hard, because I think Francine Busby snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. She was defeated because she was caught on tape encouraging illegal aliens to vote for her. There are a lot of illegal aliens in California, but I guess she didn't have enough of them in her district to outweigh the legitimate voters who were angered by that sort of talk." — Paul (Kennett Square, PA)

"With the early results in, I believe the GOP will survive the mid-term elections, but they have got to leave the dance with those who brought them there. Get back to core values and take a stand on securing our borders and you might just keep your jobs for a little while longer. Oh and one more thing, someone wake George up." — Ron (Las Vegas, NV)