Friday, November 10, 2006
Governor 2006: We Like Jodi
This one really was over before it began. It's possible that had Dan Malloy been the nominee, it would have been closer. In fact (check how Stamford voted) that's almost certain.
But no one was beating Jodi Rell this year. Not even the map above truly captures the magnitude of her win. Statewide, Rell defeated DeStefano 63%-35% (with the remaining 2% going to the two minor party candidates), a margin of 28% or about 312,000 votes. In many towns, Rell's margin of victory was well over 30%. DeStefano won seven towns out of 169. Seven. Rell won by over 20% in all but twenty-four towns.
Curiously, voters also decided not to elect any Republicans to help Rell out in the legislature. It seems like voters chose the status quo, with a few more Democrats thrown in for good measure (and as a reponse to national issues and some good individual efforts).
Rell's victory sans coattails, and DeStefano's terrible loss in a year of strong Democratic gains, underscores just how weak the party organizations have become.