* Paul: Despite winning his race easily, other Republicans in red Kentucky did even better than Paul. He underperformed the total take of the GOP candidates in all 6 of the state’s House districts by more than 6 percent. There were no statewide contests on the ballot.
These are the best-known faces of the tea party, but they weren’t the only ones to underperform.
Among House candidates, Iraq veteran Jesse Kelly, who lost to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), state Sen. Brad Zaun, who lost to Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), and even state Rep. Raul Labrador, who beat Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), all fared less well in their districts than other Republican candidates running for office in the state…
Even if those Republican candidates had just run on-par with other Republican candidates in their states, it seems logical that Republicans would have won Senate seats in Colorado and Nevada — where the GOP cleaned up in other statewide races — and possibly even Delaware, where the two major parties split the treasurer and auditor races.