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I thought this was supposed to be an anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat election

August 17, 2010

The primary is pretty much over here in Washington state – Murray took first place with over 100,00 more votes than Rossi at this point. She has 47% of the vote Rossi has 34%. A few weeks ago Murray was trailing both Rossi and Clint Didier by a few percentage points. Not only that but there was supposed to be this huge wave of GOP enthusiasm well it didn’t show up here on primary day.

Of all the results I have seen posted so far the incumbent has won in every case or is the leader if it is a primary that can’t be decided today. (Some elections in WA are decided if the winner of the primary wins with more than 50% of the vote).

This is just my opinion – People who are predicting a sweeping GOP victory in November are delusional. There is still too much anger and despite the portrayal of the Tea Parties as an enormous grass roots awakening they are not delivering results.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2010 3:28 pm

    I still think it’s going to go well for the GOP overall. States like Washington are not really indicative of the type of voter that is important in November. Seattle’s pretty liberal, and isn’t the population of Seattle basically equal to the rest of the state? Same with LA and San Fran, they basically overpower the more conservative mid-state cities. But Virginia looks good, the South will rock R, Angle is somehow staying alive in the Nevada race, and in the Mountain West (including AZ), we’re fighting over which Republican will win, not whether they’ll lose out to a Dem. We may not get many “Scott Brown” wins past the goalie (Repubs in strong blue constituencies), but I think most conservative-leaning districts come back after their experiments with Dem leadership, 2008 to present.

  2. jenn1964 permalink*
    August 18, 2010 6:14 pm

    If this was an ordinary primary – Dem against Dem, GOP against GOP – I would agree with you but we use a top two system so unless something drastically changes in the next 80 days Rossi is toast. That isn’t my biggest concern however, one of the GOPs main hopes is that the voters are in an anti-incumbent mood. As I said above it didn’t show here last night. The only two places I am aware of where it has shown were in red states where the GOP / Tea Party went on a cannibal like feeding frenzy. I hope your assessment is right, but I’m very underwhelmed by our chances at the moment.


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