First, a look at the primary vote should tell anyone that the swing vote was going to be the many people who voted for the very conservative third candidate, and they were likely to vote for Lincoln if they voted. There were, 50,000 fewer votes in the runoff than in the primary, and Halter could have avoided the more conservative vote only if all those 50,000 voters were the same 42,000 who voted for the other guy. So this shouldn’t be a surprise, regardless what the pungents say.
Second, a lot is being made of the Garland County vote suppression scam. I still think it’s voter suppression, and I still think that stinks, but Lincoln only trailed in the Garland county primary by 600 votes, and the conservative candidate got 1,800. Lincoln won the runoff with a 10,000 vote margin. Garland County couldn’t have given Halter an edge big enough to win in any case.
Third, Bill Clinton will have a hard time getting off my shit list for having supported Blanche.