- Mar 3, 2004
Comparing raw numbers in a scheduled Senate election coinciding with a Presidential election (particularly in a state with a large black population when the first viable black candidate was on the Presidential ballot) with a special election, isn't a good barometer for performance.Jones got 100k less votes than the dem in 2008 who was doa and she only got 35%. They in no way overperformed here. A sackcloth with GOP painted on it would have won this election for the republicans.
Indeed, that the Democrat only got 100k fewer votes in 2017 than 2008, despite the massive disparity in turnout between Presidential years and special elections, in itself is a sign of overperformance.