Primary night results mostly follow expectations

posted at 8:48 am on August 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Despite a couple of nailbiters overnight, the narrative ran pretty close to expectations in the four primary states contested yesterday.  The big news today will be the results in Georgia, where it appears that Nathan Deal may have edged out Karen Handel for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.  The race became a proxy fight for Republican presidential contenders, with Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney backing Handel, and Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich backing Deal:

The Georgia Republican runoff for governor remained undecided Tuesday night, with former Rep. Nathan Deal holding a lead of less than 1 percent over former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

With 99.9 percent of precincts reporting, Deal was ahead by a narrow margin of 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent – just under 2,500 votes.

Under state law, a candidate can request a recount when a race is decided by less than 1 percent, and Handel’s campaign gave no indication on Tuesday she would step aside.

“It’s just too close to call. We’re waiting and watching, and we’ll see what it looks like tomorrow,” Handel spokesman Dan McLagan told POLITICO.

A recount could string this out for a couple of more weeks, but it’s not likely to change the outcome with that amount of votes in play.  It would have to get within a few hundred votes to seriously put the Deal victory in jeopardy.  The recount likely won’t change the chances of Republicans in the general election, either, but it will certainly eat up resources that could better be used for running against the Democrats.  If the margin remains 2500 votes, I’d expect Handel to concede.

Of course, we Minnesotans know far too much about recounts to cheer anyone into demanding one unless absolutely necessary.  Mark Dayton won’t face one, although he almost managed to lose last night’s DFL primary, beating the endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher by just 5200 votes after spending millions directly and indirectly on the race:

Minnesota DFL voters on Tuesday narrowly decided that gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton has the right combination of money, message and political miles to lead them to victory.

After an achingly close night touched off fears of a recount, Dayton pulled ahead of Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the primary and now moves on in the race to be Minnesota’s next governor. After midnight, with 98 percent of the vote counted, the former U.S. senator led Kelliher by about 5,000 votes — enough that no recount would be needed.

But even as Dayton’s margin grew, the House speaker did not concede.

“We’re not making any decisions,” Kelliher told supporters in the early morning hours. “Hang in there.”

The close race was unexpected.  It pokes a big hole in the Star Tribune poll of just ten days ago, which had Dayton up by 10 points against Kelliher, and which ridiculously put Dayton into a double-digit lead against Tom Emmer.  Dayton spent most of the night behind the state House Speaker despite the money dump over the summer.  He has eked out a win — there is no way Kelliher will demand a recount, not in this state — but it leaves both his credibility and that of the Strib poll in tatters.

Meanwhile, Connecticut showed the power and the limits of self-funding.  As expected, Linda McMahon easily beat Rob Simmons and Peter Schiff for the nomination in the US Senate race, but didn’t get to 50%.  Shira Toeplitz thinks this is a big deal at Politico:

Wrestling maven Linda McMahon easily captured the GOP Senate nomination in Connecticut Tuesday, but if she thought free spending in a deep-blue state was the sole path to November success, her results showed that money isn’t everything.

McMahon spent $22 million for a come-from-behind convention victory, but still fell just short of topping the 50 percent mark in Tuesday’s three-way Republican primary.

Maybe Toeplitz meant to write that about Dayton instead.  McMahon didn’t break a sweat, but the real story about the limits of self-funding comes from the deep blue portion of deep-blue Connecticut:

Self-funding businessman Ned Lamont has lost another bid for public office in Connecticut.

Lamont fell short is his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday. Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy bested Lamont easily–58 percent to 42 percent.

Lamont, who defeated then-Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Senate Democratic primary but lost to him in the general when Lieberman ran as an independent, opened his wallet big for this race, too.

He spent more than $9 million of his personal funds on the primary. Back in 2006, Lamont spent upwards of $17 million in his race against Lieberman.

Does this mean we won’t have Ned Lamont to kick around any more?

Meanwhile, in Colorado, the proxy war between the Clintons and Barack Obama is over … and Obama won.  However, that’s not all good news for Democrats:

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet fended off a fierce challenge from Andrew Romanoff on Tuesday, earning the chance to win his appointed seat in November and extending the power of President Barack Obama’s brand at least a few more weeks.

Bennet led handily in early returns — 54 percent to 46 percent — quickly overcoming a Romanoff lead in the former state House speaker’s home turf of Denver. Romanoff called Bennet to concede and congratulate him before 8 p.m., less than an hour after polls closed in the mostly mail election.

If Bennet wanted to back away from the White House embrace now that he’s facing Republican Ken Buck, it would be hard to now: Obama called Bennet with congratulations early in the victory party.

It’s good news for the White House, who got to see that they haven’t become box-office poison in the primaries.  Now, with Bennet carrying the White House endorsement in a state increasingly reverting to its Republican roots, we’ll get to see whether Obama is box-office poison in the general election.  Bennet will be an incumbent defending his seat in an anti-incumbent and anti-Democratic cycle, carrying the endorsement of an unpopular President.  He’ll face a Tea Party candidate in Ken Buck, who defied the GOP establishment and won massive grassroots support despite getting outspent by over $2 million.  What could go wrong for Democrats?


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No more Ned Lament? Guess he’s as influential as his boy Kos these days.

JammieWearingFool on August 11, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Meanwhile, Connecticut showed the power and the limits of self-funding.

And every single liberal is working hard today to figure out how to limit personal money for the upcoming election. The New London Day paper has been going on about this subject for weeks now.

Johnnyreb on August 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I am disappointed McMahon won the Connecticut primary.

It would be nice if the GOP were the one party to send serious, qualified candidates to the Senate, McMahon isn’t a whole lot better than Al Franken.

Yeah, great, she’s done well with the WWF. That’s a niche entertainment building with little or no applicability to the real world. She’s welcome to donate, but run?

Please. Enough celebrities in the Senate, we need people who know what the hell it is they are doing once they get there.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Romanoff was overheard last night calling O’Bambi:

“Is that job offer still open, Mr. Precedent?”

honsy on August 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Maybe the Won will now feel confident enough to spread the poison around in the run up to Nov.

Kissmygrits on August 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Ned already had become as useful to the Democrats and the big media as Cindy Sheehan — the party looks upon big election losers about the same way Dr. Evil looked upon the henchmen who failed him, so it’s no surprise Ned’s national media coverage this cycle pretty much had dropped into the lava pit.

Also — how great must it be to have the job as pollster for the Star-Tribune? You get paid the big bucks and can just sit around your house watching television and eating cookies all day, as long as you ship them some numbers periodically showing the liberal candidate is leading the election, even if those numbers have no connection to reality (which may be true for other pollsters who skewer their samples, but at least they have the self respect to try and get the final poll before the election right. The Strib blows the totals by five points or more on a regular basis and never has an angstrom of shame or self-reflection on their pollster’s incompetence).

jon1979 on August 11, 2010 at 9:02 AM

lamont’s loss is BIG.

and bodes WELL.

it shows that leftist turnout will be LOW.

reliapundit on August 11, 2010 at 9:08 AM

The spin at Politico on those races last night is just dizzying. Everything is twisted into a bad omen for the GOP and good news for the Dems. Is it good for the incumbent Bennett to win in an anti-incumbent year?

changer1701 on August 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM

No more Ned Lament? Guess he’s as influential as his boy Kos these days.

JammieWearingFool on August 11, 2010 at 8:52 AM

“We ARE the Mainstream!”

~Kos, 2006

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM

I’m getting as pumped up for the general elections as much as the upcoming NFL season! Poor Lamont. It’s only pre-season and he’s on the injured reserve out for the season.

cartooner on August 11, 2010 at 9:18 AM

With a win this close–what will be the spin over the candidate Palin endorsed–losing by such a close margin?

lovingmyUSA on August 11, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Things look bleak for Handel. Still hoping she can get the win. Someone mentioned on last night’s Open Thread—doesn’t Deal have skeletons in his closet with ethics charges?

conservative pilgrim on August 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

The recount likely won’t change the chances of Republicans in the general election,

You’ve missed a big part of the story here in Georgia. Deal and his supporters have been b@stards to Handel and her supporters and there aren’t too many Handel supporters who will vote for Deal. [including me]

Deal even said wouldn’t support Handel if she was the nominee. He trashed Sarah Palin and a good portion of his supporters are anti-Semites and/or RuPaulians.

He’s got no plan and all he is running on is that he’s a conservative. Pfffft.

Branch Rickey on August 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Come on Emmer!

gophergirl on August 11, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I am disappointed McMahon Reagan won the Connecticut Presidential primary.

It would be nice if the GOP were the one party to send serious, qualified candidates to the Senate White House, McMahon Reagan isn’t a whole lot better than Al Franken Goldwater.

Yeah, great, she’s done well with the WWF B-movie career. That’s a niche entertainment building with little or no applicability to the real world. She’s welcome to donate, but run?

Please. Enough celebrities in the Senate White House, we need people who know what the hell it is they are doing once they get there.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Fixed that for ya.

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

No more Ned Lament?

I’ll continue to lament Obama, as well as his ship of tools.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM

She did build a business. How does applicability matter? She created something that people wanted. How is that different from say a business making furniture?

antisocial on August 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Two cheers for the 1995 Republicans!

Hip hip!

Gingrich didn’t have the political will to cut $100 million from state-run Public Television.

That’s when I knew it was over. No not the republican party, whatever that was. The whole experiment.

You can’t compete when your opponent promises all the children the Magic Teats of government.

Hip hip!

Aw what’s the use?

jeff_from_mpls on August 11, 2010 at 9:40 AM

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Yes, Linda McMahon is the second coming of Ronald Reagan, exactly. Or is she the second coming of Schwarzenegger? I would imagine the latter.

Reagan had been involved in politics and the Screen Actors Guild for decades, then he ran for Governor, not the Senate. The Senate is completely different.

We don’t have time to ramp up a celebrity on military matters, on foreign policy, on national security issues on the economy, etc.

I’m sorry, I don’t have any confidence in someone whose claim to fame is that she made a star out of “Stone Cold Steve Austin”. That she beat a military officer who actually has worked in government, who knows how it works and is versed on military affairs is even more baffling.

Celebrities need to sit the hell down and stop running for office out of vanity. Connecticut has 2 Senate seats, the GOP couldn’t have found anyone better?

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I love Ken Buck. He’s bold enough to tell the tea party they’re idiots, yet he still manages to keep their support. It’s a win win!

NoStoppingUs on August 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

It was nice to see Lamont lose but the Dems have a real shot at taking Governor now which they would not have had Lamont won.

As for McMahon she is toast in the general election. You don’t spend 22 million dollars and get 60,000 votes in a statewide primary and then win in November. Simmons and Schiff took 50% of the vote, spent zero dollars and had no big name endorsements. She excites no one other than Repubs who want to grab that campaign cash she won’t need to raise.

The Repubs squeaked another rich self financier through for Governor. Expect that to be a major theme here in CT this fall and it’s going to work. The Repubs blew some big chances last night here in CT.

Rocks on August 11, 2010 at 9:44 AM

antisocial on August 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Because entertainment is a niche industry that you can’t possibly build any more than a miniscule percentage of your economy on.

The Senate used to be home for Elder Statesmen, now it’s becoming a carnival sideshow and second career for dingbat entertainers.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Buck was the Tea Party supported candidaite.. Now that explains why MSNBC morning crew was going bonkers!! Maybe Obie will go campaign for Bennett..:)

Dire Straits on August 11, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Branch Rickey on August 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Wiki, yeah I know, has some unflattering info on Deal. He’s another good ol’ boy politician lining his and his friends pockets.

marinetbryant on August 11, 2010 at 9:49 AM

CT doesn’t elect celebrities anyway. We elect bureaucrats. Staid boring ones mostly. No one other than some rich republicans want McMahon as Senator. They might as well have run Don King. He would have done just as well if he spent 22 million. Sports is a sleazy business and fake sports is even sleazier. Who want’s to combine that with politics? Nobody.

Rocks on August 11, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I was very disappointed in the CT races. Certainly in the Southeast Corner, a lot of us felt that McMahon was essentially buying the vote, and that does not sit well. We’ll fill in her bubble on the ballot in November, but it will be a vote AGAINST Blumenthal, NOT a vote FOR McMahon.

Foley’s primary ads were stricly attacks on Fedele. Fidele’s ads were stricly attacks on Foley. Neither one came out looking good, and neither told folks what their own goals for the state were. Griebel’s ads were of the “here’s where I’ll try to steer the state” variety, and that’s why I voted for him. Obviously not too many other folks felt that way.

And then we have the 2nd House race…
Peckinpaugh came in a distant 3rd in the state convention. All she has going for her in name recognition, because she was a news anchor for many years. She skipped one debate for reasons that made her sound like a petulant child. Other video clips I’ve seen of some of her appearances make her sound not very bright, and certainly not very knowledgable. But that name recognition alone won her a significant victory in the primary. Just like McMahon, I’ll fill in her bubble in the ballot, but that’s simply because I’d vote for anyone over Joe “those who rule them in Washington” Courtney. (Can you tell that that phrase of his rankles with me?)

LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Rocks on August 11, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Agree, this is not the time to run unserious candidates and I’m sorry, if all you have is World Wrestling Federation executive on your resume, you are an unserious candidate.

The fun and games are over for this economy and for our foreign policy.

The Connecticut GOP really dropped the ball on this one.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 9:54 AM

The head line over at Comcast.net net reads, “Primary winners highlight political inexperience.” Wow I don’t remember this seeing this headline during the 2008 Presidential election.

Tommy_G on August 11, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Yes, Linda McMahon is the second coming of Ronald Reagan, exactly. Or is she the second coming of Schwarzenegger? I would imagine the latter.

Reagan had been involved in politics and the Screen Actors Guild for decades, then he ran for Governor, not the Senate. The Senate is completely different.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

My point was that nobody took Reagan seriously either, and he turned out pretty good. Nobody knew that Reagan was going to be Reagan. He was made fun of for being an actor.

I’m tired of political insiders. I trust a successful businesswoman who isn’t a Beltway Brat over most any establishment politician.

Let me guess, you hate Sarah Palin too, right?

You could come down off your high horse of indignation a bit and just wait and see.

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I’ve been gone a little while, but when has a Star Tribune poll ever been anywhere close to credible?

The Star Tribune doesn’t always get everything wrong, but I can’t remember a Star Tribune poll that was even close to the final result in an election. Mostly they are naked attempts to support a particular candidate.

Kohath on August 11, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Because entertainment is a niche industry that you can’t possibly build any more than a miniscule percentage of your economy on.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Hollywood, Dubai, and Las Vegas say hello.

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:28 AM

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I don’t recall reading about how Reagan tried (or at least appeared to be trying) to buy any elections or how he was coasting along on name recognition alone.

I doubt she’d be as bad as Blumenthal. She may turn out to be good. I sincerely hope so for all our sakes. But I’m not holding my breath. Her campaign has been pretty much “Here’s what the opposition is, so vote for me”. Even if I agree with her campaign on the other candidates negatives, if I don’t know what she is, other than a “successful business woman” who can spout the standard platitudes about Washington spending too much, that really doesn’t make me excited about voting for her.

LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Question to my fellow Minnesotans:

How does the Fox anchor Robyne Robinson get her “neutrality” back after running as a Democrat?

I was watching Fox9 when she narrated a tongue bath for Senator Klobachar and thought she is really risking her reputation as objective. Now I don’t see how she keeps it. All this to run as Lt. Gov in a primary. We’ll see how she is treated now in MN.

Conan on August 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM

For those of you comparing McMahon to Reagan forget it. Ronald Reagan spent 14 years either in office or campaigning prior to winning the Presidency. He had a track record and he already had experience as head of the Actor’s Union.

McMahon is more Victor Mature than Ronald Reagan.

Rocks on August 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I don’t recall reading about how Reagan tried (or at least appeared to be trying) to buy any elections or how he was coasting along on name recognition alone.

I doubt she’d be as bad as Blumenthal. She may turn out to be good. I sincerely hope so for all our sakes. But I’m not holding my breath. Her campaign has been pretty much “Here’s what the opposition is, so vote for me”. Even if I agree with her campaign on the other candidates negatives, if I don’t know what she is, other than a “successful business woman” who can spout the standard platitudes about Washington spending too much, that really doesn’t make me excited about voting for her.

LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM

I was trying to make a narrow point – which was that Reagan was in the entertainment industry and was dismissed as not serious.

You can play the red herring game if you want to. My point stands.

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

For those of you comparing McMahon to Reagan forget it. Ronald Reagan spent 14 years either in office or campaigning prior to winning the Presidency. He had a track record and he already had experience as head of the Actor’s Union.

McMahon is more Victor Mature than Ronald Reagan.

Rocks on August 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM

You’re implying that you have to have a long track record of involvement in politics to be reliable as a conservative? I reject any such nonsense. Sarah Palin would be out as well.

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:40 AM

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I don’t think that pointing out that McMahon has a lot more negatives than just “She’s from the entertainment industry so she’s not serious” is simply a red herring.

LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I also don’t think the way she seems to be simply trying to buy the seat is comparable to Reagan either.

LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM

You’re implying that you have to have a long track record of involvement in politics to be reliable as a conservative? I reject any such nonsense. Sarah Palin would be out as well.

fossten on August 11, 2010 at 10:40 AM

No, I’m implying that those who would suggest that voting for McMahon is fine because Reagan was an unknown from the entertainment industry are full of it. Reagan was well known and involved and engaged on issues for a decade before even running for Governor. And Sarah Palin has a long track record of involvement in politics.

Rocks on August 11, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Character matters. Linda McMahon may have been a succesful businesswoman, but it was of a sleazy business. Some of the WWF story lines were vile. She shares more in common with Senator Smalley than with Reagan. Is she better than a Democrat? Maybe.

AnotherOpinion on August 11, 2010 at 10:53 AM

McMahon is more Victor Mature than Ronald Reagan.

Rocks on August 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Dude. I have never, ever visualized Linda McMahon dressed up as a Roman officer.

Just stop that.

victor82 on August 11, 2010 at 10:58 AM

He’s got no plan and all he is running on is that he’s a conservative. Pfffft.

Branch Rickey on August 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

And having a union lap dog like Barnes is better?

angryed on August 11, 2010 at 10:58 AM

The recount likely won’t change the chances of Republicans in the general election,

You’ve missed a big part of the story here in Georgia. Deal and his supporters have been b@stards to Handel and her supporters and there aren’t too many Handel supporters who will vote for Deal. [including me]

Deal even said wouldn’t support Handel if she was the nominee. He trashed Sarah Palin and a good portion of his supporters are anti-Semites and/or RuPaulians.

He’s got no plan and all he is running on is that he’s a conservative. Pfffft.

Branch Rickey on August 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Please Sir, hold your nose and vote for him any way. it is what I did for McLame.

Slowburn on August 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

not sure what a 50/50 split proxy war is going to say regardless of who finally wins the race. I mean you really can’t point to it and divine any type of trend from it. Still it was Newt’s homestate and all so it kind of surprising his pick only got 50% of the GOP vote

unseen on August 11, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I was very disappointed in the CT races. Certainly in the Southeast Corner, a lot of us felt that McMahon was essentially buying the vote, and that does not sit well. We’ll fill in her bubble on the ballot in November, but it will be a vote AGAINST Blumenthal, NOT a vote FOR McMahon.

Foley’s primary ads were stricly attacks on Fedele. Fidele’s ads were stricly attacks on Foley. Neither one came out looking good, and neither told folks what their own goals for the state were. Griebel’s ads were of the “here’s where I’ll try to steer the state” variety, and that’s why I voted for him. Obviously not too many other folks felt that way.

McMahon basically bought the nomination. $22 million for 60,000 votes amounts to over $350 per vote, and the average Connecticut Republican has probably seen at least a dozen Linda for Senate mailers. Rob Simmons would be a much better Senator (military veteran, 6 years in the U.S. House, lost in 2006 by under 100 votes), but he just couldn’t compete with McMahon’s money.

Still, I’ll go to bat for her against BlumenFall, who has filed so many lawsuits in the name of the State that have driven businesses and their money and jobs into other states–can anybody honestly believe he would work FOR CT in the Senate? McMahon has lots of money, but she needs to hit BlumenFall on the issues that people care about, like his opposition to the LNG plant in the Long Island Sound, while CT needs the gas for heating and power plants. Electric bills too tall? Blame Blumenthal !!!

Even if she could make Blumenthal sweat for re-election, she could divert lots of DSCC money into CT, which would leave less to defend vulnerable seats in other states…

As for the Governor’s race, it’s a shame that Fedele (Lt. Governor to Gov. Jodi Rell) lost the primary by a few thousand votes to Tom Foley. Those Fedele ads against Foley’s treatment of the Bibb company’s employees will hurt Foley later among independent voters. True, Chris Christie won in NJ by promising to cut state spending, which could mean layoffs or salary cuts for state employees, but will people vote for that in CT?

Oz Griebel DID seem like a good candidate, but he got into the race much too late, and did VERY well to get to 20% after his late start. The question is, did he take enough votes away from Fedele to give Foley the nomination?

Steve Z on August 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Steve Z on August 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM

We do seem to be carrying on this conversation on two threads at once, don’t we? 8)

I know that if Oz hadn’t been in the race I would have voted for Foley over Fedele.

LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Dude, McMahon donated to Rahm Emmanuel and attended the DNC in Boston. How the hell did you guys over there pass up Schiff who is a genious and was one of the few people to almost entirely predict the financial collapse?

Nelsen on August 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Nelsen on August 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Because the average voter is an idiot?

LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Nelsen on August 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Well, yeah.

I mean, I’d vote for her over a Democrat (because Democrats are simply vile), but geez, the GOP needs to do better.

If she were a Democrat we would be laughing at them about this and for a good reason.

This is not the time for “I’ve made a ton of money and now I think I’d like to do something else in my bucket list!” candidate.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 12:35 PM

You’ve missed a big part of the story here in Georgia. Deal and his supporters have been b@stards to Handel and her supporters and there aren’t too many Handel supporters who will vote for Deal. [including me]

Deal even said wouldn’t support Handel if she was the nominee. He trashed Sarah Palin and a good portion of his supporters are anti-Semites and/or RuPaulians.

He’s got no plan and all he is running on is that he’s a conservative. Pfffft.

Branch Rickey on August 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Handel gave an unbelievably gracious concession to Deal today. After his vicious ads against her, today she committed to support Deal and to send out mail to all her supporters urging them to vote for him.

I’ll vote for Deal, but I fear an October surprise on him from the democratics. Evil Roy still has many supporters among the state apparatchiks.

slickwillie2001 on August 11, 2010 at 1:47 PM

What could go wrong for Democrats?

Accountability.

Maquis on August 11, 2010 at 1:49 PM

So are Republicans going to get behind Buck in Co?

What was turn out like? Is there more enthusiasm among Rs as predicted?

petunia on August 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Ohhhhh! Reading the comments… that’s who McMahon is! That’s weird! She won? Really? What were they thinking?

petunia on August 11, 2010 at 2:13 PM

So are Republicans going to get behind Buck in Co?

What was turn out like? Is there more enthusiasm among Rs as predicted?

petunia on August 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I hope so. I intend to myself.

Dunno ’bout enthusiasm, I’m a bit of a shut-in these days…

Maquis on August 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

his point was you are jumping to conclusions about her just because you are unimpressed with her “celebrity”.

I am from CT, I voted for Peter Schiff, but I will tell you right now that McMahon ran a very good campaign. She didn’t just poor money into her coffers like Lamont or Dayton, she actually ran a good campaign and overshadowed her opponents. She has been chipping away at Blumenthal for weeks now and is within 10 points, she has refused to let her opponents define her or use her association with the WWE against her and she has proven to be tough as nails.

She runs a successful business and is not a Washington insider, exactly what about her is different from most of the tea party candidates that are popular these days? Spending 22 million dollars of your own money in a primary makes anyone a serious candidate in my book. Running a multi billion dollar business should make them qualified to be a Senator from a drive through state as well.

Al Franken was a joke because he was a jerk, not because he was a celebrity or enetertainer. Arnold proved to be a disaster, but Reagan did not, and had the people of California passed the referedums Arnold initially backed, the state would have been in much better shape.

She’s in better position than any other Republican Senate candidate in recent memory to not only beat Blumenthal, but to pick up a seat for the Republicans in the Senate. Other Republicans in this state are such a joke, that why not go for the rich wrestling president with the will to win?

Daemonocracy on August 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Dude, McMahon donated to Rahm Emmanuel and attended the DNC in Boston. How the hell did you guys over there pass up Schiff who is a genious and was one of the few people to almost entirely predict the financial collapse?

Nelsen on August 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Hey I voted for Schiff, but for a guy with connections to the money world, he struggled more than I expected to raise money. It took him forever to get ads on TV and when he did run ads, they weren’t all that effective. His internet spots, which is how I got know him, were much better. I don’t think he even mentioned how he predicted the collapse in his TV spots.

Simmons was just a weak candidate period. McMahon at least has a chance to beat Blumenthal. He also is super pro-choice, supporting abortion on demand, public funding of abortions and is against parental notification. I just couldn’t vote for such an extremist on that issue, even though fiscal issues are my primary concern right now.

none of the guys I voted for won here in CT. I voted for Fedele for Governor, he promised a lot of the things Chris Christie promised which was music to my ears.

I don’t know what McMahon’s deal is with going to the DNC in Boston, a lot of business people rub elbows with those in power from both sides of the aisle, but CT is such a lost cause that you take what you can get. Blumenthal would be an outright disaster though, like Chris Dodd Jr.

Daemonocracy on August 11, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Daemonocracy on August 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Not being a Washington insider is fine.

Not knowing how Washington works, how our military functions, about foreign policy, so many things, that’s not fine.

You don’t learn this stuff reading a few PowerPoint presentations.

It will take her years to ramp up. We have an OJT President and that’s a huge issue facing this country. Then the GOP nominates someone who’s got the same problem?

Running a good campaign is how we got Barack Obama and look how that turned out. We need more than that.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 4:54 PM