Skip to comments.Breaking NewsLieberman Concedes Senate Race, Will Run as Independent
Posted on 08/08/2006 8:28:41 PM PDT by psychopuppy
Breaking News Lieberman Concedes Senate Race, Will Run as Independent Just a headline right now....
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Don't know if he can pull it off but this move helps whichever GOPer is in the race
Republicans! Start your engines!
The rejection of a majority of his party's voters must feel like a kick in the gut.
Lieberman Concedes Defeat In Senate Race
11:22 PM EDT, August 8, 2006
By JON LENDER, ELIZABETH HAMILTON And DAVID OWENS, The Hartford Courant U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman conceded defeat just after 11 p.m. in the bitter Connecticut primary.
But Lieberman pledged to continue his candidacy as an independent in the general election in November.
"Incidentally, we are gonna go," Lieberman told supporters shortly after stepping to a podium at the Hartford Hilton Tuesday night.
Challenger Ned Lamont appears to have defeated Lieberman by more than 10,000 votes, according to unofficial vote returns. With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, Lamont led Lieberman 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. The vote tally was 139,496 to 129,271. Forty two percent of registered Democrats voted in the hotly contested primary, which many considered a referendum on the Iraq war.
Lieberman told supports that he'd called Lamont to congratulate him; then he took a few swipes at his rival.
"Of course I am disappointed by the results, but I am not discouraged," Lieberman said..
"The old politics of partisan polarization won today," Lieberman said. "For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand."
"Tomorrow morning our campaign will file the necessary petitions so that we can continue this campaign for a new politics of unity and purpose."
Shortly after Lieberman conceded, Lamont spoke to supporters at his Meriden headquarters.
"They call Connecticut the land of steady habits," Lamont said. "Today we voted for a big change."
With more than 95 percent of the precincts reporting, Lamont, a Greenwich millionaire, was leading Lieberman by 3.8 points, with Lamont garnering 51.9 percent of the record primary turnout to Lieberman's 48.1 percent.
Earlier this evening, as Connecticut's smallest towns reported their results, Lamont led by as much as 10 percent. Lamont was strong in the state's smaller towns, picking up lopsided wins in places like Mansfield, home to the University of Connecticut, Salisbury, Cornwall and Falls Village.
But the vote tallies were much closer in larger communities. Lieberman strongholds, such as the Naugatuck River valley in Western Connecticut, were also going heavily for Lieberman. The state's larger cities were trending for the incumbent. Lieberman won Waterbury and Stamford and was barely leading in the state's largest city, Bridgeport, where some precincts had not reported by 10:15 p.m. The senator, however, lost his hometown of New Haven 52 percent to 48 percent.
The world is watching the hotly contested race, which many view as a referendum on the Iraq War and President Bush.
The high and wide spaces of the atrium in the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford, where Lieberman supporters gathered, were crammed with about 200 international, national and local news reporters milling about with a few dozen Lieberman supporters and operatives, amid bunches of red, white and blue balloons stretching on strings toward the towering columns and arches above them. More than 25 TV cameras on tripods, on three levels of risers, were all trained on a stage with a huge American flag hanging vertically as a background behind a lectern with a sign that said "Joe Lieberman Fighting for Connecticut."
One of the news crews was from a Japanese TV network. Correspondent Yasushi Komatsu traveled with a cameraman and producer from the New York bureau of TV Asahi America Inc., because of the Lieberman-Lamont primary's significance in Japan. "People in Japan are interested in the war in Iraq and how it is going to develop," he said. "The result of the election could be interpreted to mean the American people are saying yes or no to what Bush is doing in Iraq."
Since later afternoon, political insiders had been trading information about absentee ballot counts that they had picked up from towns and cities around the state -- and out of a half-dozen that had spread around by 7:30, Lieberman was shown leading Lamont in Waterbury but trailing in Hamden, next to his longtime hometown of New Haven, along with Trumbull and West Hartford, the home of many traditional Lieberman supporters.
Southington also fits that traditional Democratic mold, and a loss by Lieberman there would not bode well. When someone called a friend at the Goodwin from where the votes were counted, the unofficial total was 85 to 80, Lamont ahead. Not good.
While waiting for real information to come in, the Goodwin was filled with a din of conversation and the strains of saxophone jazz. Lieberman and his family were in a private room, and the incumbent's optimistic words of the morning -- told to reporters after he voted with his wife and daughter at a New Haven school -- seemed far away.
"I believe that we are going to win today, and I believe this in my heart and soul and head," Lieberman told reporters. "I have seen a dramatic turnaround in the last week and it was reflected in the Quinnipiac Poll yesterday" that showed Lamont's lead at 6 points, down from 13 last Thursday. "I believe there is going to be a great uprising in Connecticut today. There is going to be a big turnout in my opinion, and when it is all over I am going to be honored to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in this election."
Wow. Lautenberg was right on with his prediction! (/sarcasm)
Who would be the other candidates?
Who is the Republican in this race, is he just another Connecticut RINO, and does he have a shot at winning?
The Republican, as of now, is a hapless former State Rep. named Alan Schlessinger. He has no chance, regardless of whether Joe runs or not.
My profound sympathies to Lieberman, that his own party pushed him aside like yesterday's dirt.
I wonder if he intends this revenge against the Democratic Party and Lamont.
Story in #5
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The unholy alliance between Diebold and the Karl Rove weather machine has proved fruitful...
Mu hu haah haah haah. 8-)
ping... this is going to get nteresting.
So if the democrats don't want him, who does he think is going to vote for him?
No way, it's a Democratic state, he's going to lose tons of support. He's saying "F*CK YOU" to the voters.
Think of it this way, imagine if Pat Toomey won the primary in PA and Specter ran as an indie.
My profound sympathies to Lieberman, that his own party pushed him aside like yesterday's dirt
You find it odd hell they are for abortion yes ?
If the Republicans can field a good candidate, the seat is theirs.
I'm glad Lieberman lost because it finally shows how whacko the Dems have become. Dems: We can't figure out why the GOP controls everything? They must have some type of scheme going. (sarcasm)
They did, didn't they and I wonder why...
The de-mokkker-rat party has been weighed in the scales and found wanting.
He may have been hoping that the NJ supreme court would rule that Lieberman couldn't run as an independent.
Does anyone know the laws for Senate races where no candidate get 50%? Do they have a run-off, or just declare the top vote getter the winner? I see little chance Lamont can get 50% of the vote, though I think he will be the overall vote winner.
Lieberman will have to pull at least 20% of the total vote to give the GOP candidate a chance, assuming Lieberman doesn't draw GOP voters (which he probably will, since he is a better alternative to Lamont and actually has a chance of winning). CT is a 65%-35% Dem-GOP split.
Sorry, none here.
Lieberman's a sore loser, just like he was in 2000. You run in the primary. If you lose, tough darts. All he's proving here is that it's all about Joe. I hate the DEMs, but if they want a moonbat, they have every right to vote for one, and if Joe had any real class, he'd concede and move on. It's interesting the sense of entitlement that overcomes incumbents. They think once they've got the office, it's inconcievable that the peon voters might vote them out and pick someone else. Again, I hate the moonbats and Ned Lamont is an idiot, but Lieberman is being a sore loserman. He ran, he lost. Now he needs to get over it.
Lieberman wins as an independent, and the Dems lose another vote in the Senate. This *could* mean that we get the nuclear option.
What a BRILLIANT Democrat strategy!!
What committee assignments will he lose now? I'm sure this question has been answered before--can I have a link?
I understand the GOP candidate is very weak.
No sympathy here. He's a sore loser.
The Democrat Party is now officially the party of cut and run cowards and traitors (of course, they were all along, but this just puts a sharper point on their pointy heads).
He said he was running as an independent DEMOCRAT.
I predict Lieberman winning this fall which could energize other third party candidates for future races. Exciting!
Have you been following the polls? The registered Dems make up less than 1/3 of the registered voters in Conn, The majority are registered as Independents.
Thanks for the info, don't really know the subtleties of the Cut's political scene
No more calls, folks. We have a winner.
It is going to be exciting..
I do, if he can raise enough money. The dem $$$$ machine will go into full gear (as if it hadn't already) for Lamont..
Obviously Lieberman thinks so.
The GOP needs to start campaigning about how the Democrat Party has "told off the moderates"
Now, will true conservatives see this as an option too? Do they have the guts to leave the GOP?
Probably. Lamont the winner of all the leftists in CT. Lieberman running as an Independent would probably win since the Republican's really have no candidate with the backing that Lieberman has. Also Lamont standing with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton behind him giving a victory speech doesn't serve Lamont well.
That, and the first chance the dims got to toss the jew under the bus, they took it. Now that he isn't the token on the ticket, they don't need him anymore.
The flaw in your "brilliant" plan is that Lieberman has already stated clearly that he would still caucus with the Democratic Party if he won as an independent.
Please, people; enough with the Lieberman Lovefest. Outside of one solitary issue (Iraq), this man is as blue-state liberal as Kerry and Kennedy.
Run, Joe, run!
That's the way I look at it. Lieberman isn't being "punished" for being pro-war as much as for not getting into line and letting Soros/move-on tell him how high to jump. Liberal or no liberal I respect him for actually saying and doing what he actually believes instead of what he's being told to say he believes.