An Illinois Review post led me to a Washington Post analysis of the national Republican Party’s superior voter turnout operation in Minnesota blogger Dreckless.
But no one made the connection between the second sentence in the following Post paragraph about turnout in Ohio and its Protect Marriage Amendment:
Recent history underscores the importance of superior voter-mobilization plans. In 2004, Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) thought that if he received 190,000 votes it would be impossible for former congressman John Thune (R) to beat him. Daschle won 193,340 votes; Thune got 197,848. In Ohio -- the central battleground in the race between Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) -- Democrats met all of their projected vote totals but came up more than 100,000 short.The Washington Post reporters were not swift enough to figure out that it was probably those who supported the passage of a constitutional amendment who hyped the GOP vote totals in Ohio.
Illinois Republicans have, of course, missed their chance to follow Ohio’s example.
Indeed, its spokesman, too, seems not capable of making the connection the Washington Post writers missed.
Associated Press reports,
“The Illinois Republican Party had limited resources," said its executive director, John Tsarpalas. "We chose to put our money and time into our candidates' campaigns."Just following his national example, I guess.
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