While I was working on my column last night, all the media outlets were reporting that Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich were in a “fight” to hang onto their congressional seats. This Wall Street Journal headline captures what happened better: “Paul and Kucinich easily defeat their primary challengers.”
Paul won about 70 percent of the vote, down just eight points from 2006, when he faced a candidate with far less party support than Chris Peden. Kucinich won 52 percent in his primary, a low percentage for him that suggests he might have benefited from having four challengers, but put away his main rival Joe Cimperman by almost 20 points. Cimperman was well funded and had an impressive number of endorsements.