Most interesting, perhaps, is that the chats with voters reveal that strategy was on the mind of some, despite (unchallenged) claims by Republican officials and other talking head in mainstream reports today.
Jeremy Watkins, 30, of Newark, who voted for O’Donnell and Urquhart, said he didn’t care that they might lose in November.
“I’d rather lose with a good conservative candidate,” he said, “than win with someone who doesn’t stand for the things that are important to me.”
Jeremy Watkins tells me much more about the mood of Delaware Republicans than any strategist, journalist, or disgruntled politician has.
Still, despite its own lack of voter-engagement, my favorite report on Tuesday comes from the excellent local Delaware reporter Celia Cohen at the Delaware Grapevine. It gets my vote for sheer color and grumpiness. Just last week Cohen had equated O’Donnell’s candidacy with Y2K, an explosion that just would not happen, and said that Castle was facing “nothing but a noise machine.” Needless to say, she was taken by surprise as she wrote on the results yesterday.
Noting that the “disquiet in the land” had felled many establishment candidates and incumbents in Delaware on Tuesday, Cohen then zeroed in for some pointed commentary on the Castle-O’Donnell race, and the role the national media played in it.
The Castle-O’Donnell primary was Delaware’s first experience with an Internet frenzy, gobs and gobs of cascading commentary and video gushing everywhere.
It was as silly as O’Donnell’s endorsement from Sarah Palin arriving by Tweet and as sick as a death threat e-mailed from out of state to Tom Ross, the Republican state chair, but it was powerful.
…Ultimately all the confusion and all the bedlam shook the state’s trademark equilibrium. The Republicans upended the candidate who had been entrusted with statewide office for 30 years and anointed the one who styled herself a Sarah Palin doppelganger.
NOTE: This post was updated to reflect the fact that News Journal reporter Ginger Gibson’s story had additional reporting from other workers at the paper.