Anti-McCain vote worth examining

Saturday morning quarterbacking as Tuesday’s elections are replayed, often refer to the wide margin by which John McCain reclaimed his senate seat. Invariably the focus is on the two-man race between McCain and his challenger, former Congressman J.D. Hayworth.

Aided by $21+ million, McCain took the race by 56.17% (326,464 actual votes) to Hayworth’s 31.91% (185,439). 

Significant yet missing from the conversation is Jimmie Lee Deakin, often termed “The Spoiler.” Although his 11.68% was not decisive, it certainly factors into the margin of victory. And it’s worth remembering that each of Deakin’s 67,895 votes were cast in opposition to McCain.

Check out the final numbers here.

13 Responses to Anti-McCain vote worth examining

  1. Vagabond says:

    Glad to see this post. I’ve thought essentially the same thoughts. Jim Deakin aided and abetted McCain’s campaign. You can bet they were glad to have that insignificant little ego stomping around the campaign trail. He was a lot cheaper than the megamillions McAmnesty spent on negative commericals and mailers bashing JD.

    JD Hyayworth is still tops with me. You don’t have to win to be a winner. But I sure do hate the idea of another six years of that waffling old fool.

  2. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    One thing the Arizona Republican primary tells us is that many have substantially underestimated voting fraud by ILLEGAL immigrants. There is, of course, no other rational explanation for the fact that AMNESTY-JOHN mccain “won” the Arizona Repub primary. My guess is that busloads of ILLEGALS entered the state on election day to join the millions already there to cast a vote (or, more likely, multiple votes, ACORN style) for their favorite Senator.

  3. Rambling Rose says:

    It’s clear that McCain’s $21 million bought a lot of votes. Too many voters are ill-informed regarding the truth. They vote for a familiar name, if they even vote. How do you think we got Ben Quayle as the GOP CD3 nominee? The guy is a fool, hasn’t voted in previous primaries, has an embarrassing work history and was blogging on a raunchy site called The Dirty, and then lied about his involvement. None of it mattered.

  4. Walter W. says:

    With only slightly more than 50% of the vote McCain will be ripe for recall. A recall McCain campaign was in high gear in 2001 until the 9-11 disaster hit.

    The old liberal “Republican” is too dangerous to leave in as a lame duck. Crank up that recall campaign and let’s get him before he gets us.

  5. DeAnn says:

    I don’t believe that there are any conspiracies out there. There are too many establishment Republicans who just do what they are told and were afraid to stand up to McCain and his power. They, like little sheep, swallowed the state party’s view that we have to support McCain because he has the best chance to beat the Democrat. Simple as that. Those are the kind of people who need to be helped out of the party. We need people in the party that will work for what they believe in and not bow to the pressure of career politicians who say anything to be elected.

  6. DeAnn says:

    I actually should have said helped out of leadership positions, not out of the party.

  7. Mass Miss says:

    Arizonans who voted for this deceptive man deserve what they get. We watched your Arizona election night results here in Blue Massachusetts, and couldn’t believe the raw stupidity of your voters. Do you actually think the Amnesty King has changed his stripes just because he cut a ridiculous video with a bald headed sheriff? This guy makes Ted Kennedy look good in retrospect. Oh, I forgot, those two partnered on the last big amnesty bill. We’re through with Kennedy, but you still have McCain! Too bad, too sad.

  8. Chuck says:

    On top of the numbers of those three, there were 1,365 write-ins! How many times can people write Mickey mouse on their ballots?

  9. ron says:

    You wrote, “And it’s worth remembering that each of Deakin’s 67,895 votes were cast in opposition to McCain.”

    Really? You interviewed all 67,895 of those voters? I don’t think so. At our house it was, “A pox on both of your houses, McCain and Hayworth!” I don’t think we were alone.

  10. Night Owl says:

    From the onset, Deakin campaigned as the alternative to McCain, ron. Once there was actually a viable alternative in Hayworth, Deakin should have stepped down. I fully believe he was encouraged by Team Mccain to stay in and siphon off votes from Hayworth. Deakin was a short joke with an oversized ego.

  11. Fed Up says:

    Did anyone, other than paid staffers, some brain adled seniors and newcomers from out of state, actually intend to vote for the REAL McCain? He lies without regard to consequences and will make America an adjunct to the corrupt, war-torn and impoverished Mexico for your children and theirs.

  12. Maggie says:

    Here’s another good one showing McCain for who he is. The fact that he was able to throw $21 million, much left over from his FAILED presidential campaign, into this race is what bought him his seat again. I thought he was Mr. Campaign Finance Reform. What happened to THAT rhetoric?

    McCain’s picture is next to the word “OPPORTUNIST” in the dictionary.

  13. Doc says:

    In an attempt to stay on topic…Here’s an example of what is apparadently an INFORMED voter base:

    My concern is that Sarah Palin, who came down here & stumped votes for he who is probably the biggest R.I.N.O. in the United States Senate…”The Maverick”…MISTER JOHN MCCAIN…supported the winner of this contest. Hopefully, her business with Mr. McCain was just a blip on the conservative radar.

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