Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Delaware GOP in Disarray

Will Rogers once said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat." Were he alive today, he might say the same about Delaware Republicans.
24 hours after the polls closed, the story from yesterday's primary is the repudiation of the Delaware GOP's endorsed candidates. In the News Journal, Ron Williams wrote:
You have to search far and wide for wins by the Republican endorsed candidates, statewide or locally.
Dana at Delaware Watch wrote:
US Senate Republican-endorsed candidate Jan Ting barely eked out a 300 vote victory over the non-endorsed candidate Mike Protack, and latecomer Christine O’Donnell won a surprising 17.4% of the vote. In short, the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate couldn’t manage to win the majority of the votes in the race. This is a colossal embarrassment for the Republican Party and might generate some Republicans to renew their claims that it’s time for new leadership in the Republican Party.
The much ballyhooed endorsed Republican John Feroce, running for the 14th State Senate District seat, only managed to gain 30 more votes than his opponent Barbara Allsopp. Ms. Allsopp is reportedly asking for a recount. Perhaps even more significant than Feroce’s thin margin of victory is that for all his vaunted charisma he could only generate 360 votes.
In perhaps the most lackluster victory of the evening, Nick Manolakos only managed to inspire 513 voters in a district of 5,885 registered Republicans. (The 20th Representative District is notoriously politically active.) It was enough for him to defeat the Republican Party endorsed candidate Brian Moore.
And, as Dave at First State Politics noted, there is U.S. Grant:
It all happened in a fast and furious manner, as most election returns do, but I remember feeling shock, especially watching Ulysses Grant beat Jack Peterman, which has to go down as one of the big upsets in primary history.
We'll allow Dave his hyperbole. It's easy to get caught up in the moment on election night. In contrast to the pain for the GOP organization, not a single Democratic endored candidate lost yesterday. The bottom line is, as Celia Cohen reported, the GOP organization looks pretty weak:
In a state increasingly trending Democratic, it was a stunning rebuke that exposed the Republican organization as internally weak and acutely vulnerable on Election Day on Nov. 7.
I'm not clear as to how the GOP's internal weakness will play out in this year's general election. The only statewide election in pla this year is for attorney general. I do wonder at how the GOP's disarray could affect the party in 2008, when they will be trying to win an election for governor after 16 years.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

I wonder how much money Feroce went through and who he got it from...he had radio ads every 15 minutes and deonline ads on every page.
for a guy who did not pay his business taxes and bounced his filing check, Still must have revenge in his heart for the blogger exposing his handiwork and got some GOPer money to his "boy".

10:21 PM, September 13, 2006  
Anonymous j scott said...

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10:12 AM, September 14, 2006  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

Yeah, I also get comments from illiterate conservatives.

(For that matter I get illiterate spam comments, most recently about vinyl siding. These I delete.)

But literate comments of all persuasions are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

10:26 AM, September 14, 2006  
Blogger jason said...

Someone is trying to besmerch the name j scott.

THAT'S MY JOB!

11:28 AM, September 15, 2006  

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