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.