Christine O’Donnell Won Independents, Lost Among Republicans

I’ve predicted that the media is going to focus not so much on the Democrat losses around the country but rather on the Republican “tea party candidate” losses. Specifically, Christine O’Donnell. But here’s an interesting tid-bit about O’Donnell’s race: Among independent voters she actually won.

She lost the overall election because Republicans didn’t vote for her. And with the likes of Karl Rove and other establishment types looking to hamstring her from the day she got the nomination, is it any wonder they didn’t?

Last night Rove was already crowing about Christine O’Donnell being a “lesson” for Republicans about who to select in primaries. I think O’Donnell was a lesson in that fashion, though not in the way Rove thinks.

O’Donnell showed us that a conservative candidate can win, even in a place like Delaware.

Establishment types like Rove often tell conservatives that they have to line up behind more liberal or “moderate” Republicans because failing to do so will split the party and hand elections over to Demcorats. And yet, is that not what Rove et. al. did to O’Donnell in Delaware?

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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