Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Senate 22 Finally Over

No race seemed like a longer slog this cycle than Senate 22. It's been in play one way or another since Map Day: Pat Ward's move in, the primary challenge from Jeff Mullen, Democrat Desmund Adams' early launch, Ward's death...

All of it ended last night with the special election. Republican Charles Schneider defeated Adams 56.4 percent to 43.4 percent -- within a couple tenths of a point of Ward's unofficial posthumous margin over Adams last month.

In retrospect -- indeed, all along -- it seems Adams' chances depended on fundamentalist minister Mullen getting past moderate Ward in the primary. The partisan lean of the turf was just too red. It briefly looked like Democrats were going to go all in for the special, but my bet is polling numbers indicated it wasn't gonna happen.

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