How unpopular is ObamaCare’s mandate to buy health insurance? This unpopular:
With roughly a third of all precincts reporting, the anti-mandate vote is at … 75.8 percent. Good lord.
That’s from earlier in the evening. The final results are in, here, and with all precincts reporting, it’s 71% to 29%.
Spin that, Barry.
UPDATE: I should have said: spin that, L.A. Times editors. Because they are up to the task. For one thing, the vote doesn’t even make the front page of the L.A. Times. For another, they explain away the vote in this way:
Tuesday’s vote was held in conjunction with the state’s Democratic and Republican primaries, but GOP voters were expected to dominate the balloting because their primary included several contests that stirred greater interest.
That’s true, but it doesn’t explain the results entirely. I counted the number of votes in the top race on the ticket (for U.S. Senator). There were 315,787 votes cast for Democrats, and 580,947 cast for Republicans. Meaning 64% of total voters in the Senate race were Republican. Meaning that even if every single Republican voted against the mandate, that wouldn’t get you to the 71% opposition seen in the results.
Oh — and there could be another reason so many voters were Republicans, besides the fact that their races were so gosh-darned interesting. Namely: nobody wants to vote Democrat in these days of Obama’s 41% approval rating.
These tidbits didn’t make it into the story. That’s why you come here.