Last night, Sen. Mike DeWine won his primary with roughly 72% of the vote in his primary. I draw the distinction because he actually won only about 68% of the vote relative to the number of votes cast in the gubernatorial primary. What this means is that 32% of Republican primary voters chose not to vote for DeWine.
Yesterday I suggested that anything below 70% should set off alarm bells in the DeWine campaign. Well, 68% suggests that he has a serious base problem. That means that there were more than the friends and relatives of the candidates voting against DeWine. After getting only 62% of the vote in his primary, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay called it quits. Taking into account that the state of Ohio isn’t even close to as conservative as DeLay’s district, DeWine’s showing is a real problem.
It’s a long shot, but might DeWine follow DeLay’s lead and do the right thing by dropping out?