I beg to differ.
The latest post about this has a comment from Charles at Two Conservatives that says it well.
Winning 47% in a primary against an incumbent is a different thing than losing closely in a general election.That sums it up and says it far better than I. Thanks, Charles.
When an incumbent barely gets 50% of his own party to support him in a primary, I hope they get the message that their party is upset with them, and they will re-think their positions.
Because they should realise that a probably 30% were going to vote for them just because they are the known entity, without regard for their positions — which could well mean that most of the party isn’t happy with their votes.
Because the truth of it is we should never have been anywhere near 47% in that race. The incumbent usually walks away with it ... and besides, as I stated before, they slung some pretty heavy ammunition at us including the endorsement of just about every elected official they could get their hands on. I think 47% was a really good showing under those circumstances.