Yesterday, I wrote about the fog of the election and that fog has certainly lifted. We knew that it was going to be an uphill race, but never realized it was a cliff until shortly after 9PM last night.
At 9PM was the first moment when things started to become clear: the Republicans in the area weren’t lazy or careless; oh no, they knew what we did not. There was no race in the 28th District (that’s ours) so why put a lot of resources there?
We ran a good race that should have been more competitive than it was, but those things happen. As a perfectionist, I sometimes review failures and wonder what we could have done differently. My early thoughts suggest that nothing, except not bothering to increase our ad spend in the last week, would have optimized this outcome.
It appears our team got caught in a larger trend across the state:
- The dislike of Obama’s EPA policies toward coal took normally Democratic Labor voters and pushed them to the Republicans
- The GOP state leadership (helped by the nationals?) had any a better statewide strategy for securing house seats
- On a more local level our District is comprised of three counties with Dad on one side and Jeff Pritt on the other (he’s the other Delegate who lost), while our opponents both had strong ties to the middle County which was Summers. Dad did well in Raleigh; Jeff in Monroe while the Republicans owned Summers.
I thought we ran a good campaign and I think that the people of the 28th District missed out on some great representation from Dad and Jeff. Hopefully the folks they elected will do a decent job.
Of course, since the Dems still run the state (until probably 2016/2018) I’m really unsure how much pull they’ll really have on the “When to have West Virginia Cheese Day” Committee for our area.