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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reading post-election tea leaves - Was the Libertarian Party's successful pick-up of some dissatisfied GOP voters in non-presidential races a worrying sign for GOP, or just a reaction to some GOP candidates underperforming and voters not wanting to vote Democrat?

Among the things to me that are noteworthy in this piece from last week's Washington Post The Fix blog, about whether the Libertarian Party is cannibalizing the GOP, is that in also making the point that non-presidential Libertarian candidates did well in some places -which is news to me and other South Florida news consumers since the local media down here have yet to report this fact- is their noting that their U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana won 6% -actually 5.8% according to http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Elections/2012/Senate/Indiana/1/

But in the Post's own story the following day, below, they NEVER mentioned this important fact, nor did they even mention the name of that Libertarian candidate, Andrew  Horning, whose numbers clearly rose as a direct result of Richard Mourdock's campaign numbers coming back to earth after his landslide upset victory of longtime incumbent Richard Lugar in the spring GOP primary, and Mourdock's self-inflicted wounds, which he never recovered from in his battle against Joe Donnelly, which Kim Gieger of the LA Times was all over: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-donnelly-mourdock-poll-20121102,0,7739135.story
Yes, this omission in The Post was very Miami Herald-like.

The Washington Post
The Fix blog
The GOP’s growing Libertarian problem
By Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan
Updated: November 20, 2012
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/20/the-gops-growing-libertarian-problem/

Indiana Election Results 2012: Donnelly beats Mourdock in Senate race; Pence wins governors race
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/indiana-election-results-2012-pence-wins-race-for-governor-donnelly-beats-mourdock-in-senate-race-romney-wins-hoosier-state/2012/11/07/0a430bda-23a2-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_story.html 

See also:
DID LIBERTARIAN PARTY COST GOP 9 RACES?
http://www.humanevents.com/2012/11/26/did-libertarian-party-cost-gop-9-races/

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