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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

LAMONT WINS, delivers victory speech

Ned Lamont is now appearing before supporters and giving his victory speech. A few excerpts (transcripted live):
"Thank you so much...Hey everybody, sorry to keep you waiting so long...drinks [are] on me! Let me say a couple of things. They call Connecticut the land of steady habits...tonight, we voted for a big change!"

"Stay the course! That's not a winning strategy in Iraq, and it's not a winning strategy for America....if you work hard, and play by the rules, and you make good choices, oppotunity will come your way."

"It's time to fix Congress!"

"We succeeded here thanks to you...the grassroots, the netroots...this is a coalition for change."

"I am proud to carry the banner as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate."
The AP has called the race...Lieberman has acknowledged his defeat...and the winner of the Connecticut Democratic primary for U.S. Senate is:

Ned Lamont!!!!!!

UPDATE: Democratic incumbent Cynthia McKinney has been defeated by Hank Johnson in the Democratic runoff for the 4th Congressional District in Georgia. The Atlanta traditional media is calling the race for Johnson, who crushed McKinney 59% to 41%.

And, in MI-07, Republican Rep. Joe Schwarz lost to challenger Tim Walberg 55% to 45%. This was a horrible night for incumbents, and seems to indicate a Democratic tidal wave in November may not be so unlikely.

UPDATE II: Establishment support for Lieberman is starting to crumble. Crooks & Liars has this exclusive:
A check from Hillary Clinton’s HILLPAC is being cut to Ned Lamont for five thousand dollars. She’s the first one to be counted on and make good on her promise to support the winner of the Connecticut primary. We can only hope that the rest of the Democratic Party stands behind Ned in his bid to win the Senate seat.
And the Washington Post reports that Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh has announced his support for Lamont. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Rahm Emanuel seems to have already moved beyond Joe:
"This shows what blind loyalty to George Bush and being his love child means," said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the leader of the Democratic House Congressional campaign. "This is not about the war. It’s blind loyalty to Bush."
A well deserved ouch.

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