A huge shake up has taken place in Connecticut, where former Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate, and three term senator, has been beaten by anti-war candidate, Ned Lamont, for the Democratic nomination for Senate.
The race, which we have featured heavilyover the last few weeks, has seen the little known outsider, chase down and then overtake the incumbent pro-war, pro-Bush Senator. The final result saw Lieberman making up some of the ground that he had lost in the polls, with the contest finishing on 51.8 per cent of the vote, with almost all votes counted.
However, rather than accepting the result, Lieberman has now announced that he will run as an independent. Calling for another chance to win, Lieberman said: “we’ve just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead. But in the second half, our team — Team Connecticut — is going to surge forward to victory in November.
The deadline to submit his papers is Wednesday, but it is widely known that Lieberman has been planning his independent candidacy for some weeks as the polls have closed on him. However, he will face a much tougher fight in the November election, as senior Democratic figures are expected to unite around Lamont.
There’s extremely good coverage at the Daily Kos, New York Times editorial (defeat was “revenge of the irate moderates”), as well as Peter Gustavsson, and interesting coverage by Luke Akehurst, who gloriously misunderstands the primary process, believing that the UK system (only a few hundred local paid-up party members get to pick candidates) is less likely to produce “extremists”, than US-style primaries (millions of a party’s registered voters get to pick candidates).