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Lieberman Beaten By Kook, But McKinney Loses

From the Danbury CT NewsTimes Live:

Lieberman concedes Democratic primary, vows to continue fighting

HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman conceded losing today’s Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, but vowed to continue his quest to serve another term in Washington.

Taking the stage at 11:03 p.m. in Hartford, Lieberman said Lamont won by playing "partisan politics" and focusing on "insults instead of ideas."

He promised to file paper work Wednesday morning to form a new political party — "Team Connecticut" — so that he can still run for the U.S. Senate seat he now holds.

And his concession from the Hotline:

Lieberman Concedes; Predicts Win As Indy In November

August 08, 2006

"Thank you dear friends for standing by me in this difficult race."

"Your support has sustained my family and me and made this a much closer race than all the pundits were predicting."

"I called Ned Lamont and congratulated him on his success today."

"We’ve just finished the first half and the Lamont Team is ahead. In the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward in November."

"The old politics of polarization won today. For the sake of our state, my country and my party, I cannot and will not let those results stands today."

"I will continue to offer Connecticut a different path forward."

"People are fed up with the petty partisanship and angry bickering in Washington. It is continually blocking progress on major problems and wasting America’s greatness."

"I’ll never hesitate to work with members of the other party if it helps to acheive solutions to build better life for people of Connecticut. I will always do what I believe is right for my state and country regardless of what the political consequences may be."

Tomorrow is a brand new day. [I’ll run a] new campaign to unite people of Connecticut, GOP, Democrat and independent, and move forward together and solve our most serious problems together."

Excellent!

And less good news from the DNC’s Associated Press:

McKinney Loses Georgia Runoff

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: August 8, 2006

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Cynthia McKinney, the fiery Georgia congresswoman known for her conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks and the scuffle she had earlier this year with a U.S. Capitol police officer, lost a runoff election Tuesday for her district’s Democratic nomination.

Attorney Hank Johnson, a former county commissioner, soundly defeated McKinney by more than 12,000 votes, winning 59 percent of the total vote. More than 70,000 votes were cast — 9,000 more than in the primary three weeks ago.

Johnson, a political unknown three weeks ago, strode into the ballroom of his campaign party to shouts of, "Hank! Hank! Hank!"

"I’m here to serve you," Johnson told cheering supporters. "I’m going to make you proud. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve you."

Meanwhile, there was no sign of McKinney at her campaign celebration for most of the night. Her campaign manager, John Evans, blamed the loss on the ABC — Anybody But Cynthia — strategy.

"It’s over," he said shortly after 11 p.m. "Folks just beat us. They got a lot of white votes, a lot of Republican votes and they took some of our votes where we have been stable."

Evans also pointed to low voter turnout and the March scuffle between McKinney and a Capitol Hill police officer as reasons for her defeat.

Leading up to the July 18 primary, McKinney had expected an easy return to Congress this year. Instead, she was upset for the second time in the past three primary elections. Four years ago, McKinney lost to political newcomer Denise Majette, who was backed by an organized, well-funded Republican effort. McKinney returned to Congress in 2004 after Majette left the seat to run for the Senate.

McKinney was hoping the core of her constituency — centralized in south DeKalb County, home to one of the country’s most affluent black populations — would mobilize this time to send her to a seventh term in Congress.

At White Oak Hills Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, the precinct where McKinney votes, Tony Wilson cast a ballot for her with mixed feelings.

"She’s a radical, but she’s ours," said Wilson, a 36-year-old software developer.

Still, Wilson said, McKinney’s public image has jeopardized her political future.

"She makes us look bad," he said.

The polarizing politician has a reputation for bringing out her base, although it has not always led her to victory. In 2002, McKinney was ousted from Congress despite getting 85 percent of the black vote.

So I guess we don’t have Cynthia McKinney to kick around anymore.

Rats.

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