By Patrick Martin:
Pro-war Democrat Joseph Lieberman defeated in Connecticut primary
9 August 2006
Less than six years after serving as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, on the ticket which won the most votes in the 2000 election, Lieberman was repudiated in a record primary turnout fueled by massive antiwar sentiment among Connecticut voters.
The turnout was estimated by state election officials at 45-50 percent of registered Democrats, double the usual level and by far the largest proportion of the electorate to participate in any recent primary election, particularly one held in the midst of the summer vacation season.
So great was the interest that nearly 30,000 people registered as Democrats in the run-up to the primary so that they would be eligible to vote.
Half of these were previously registered as independents and apparently reregistered so they could give expression to their antiwar sentiments by casting a ballot against the most consistently pro-war Democratic senator.
The Connecticut primary campaign had already demonstrated the enormous gulf between the Democratic Party establishment and the vast majority of Democratic voters, as well as the American public as a whole.
According to one poll taken in late July, 94 percent of Connecticut Democrats who had decided to vote against Lieberman cited the war in Iraq as their principal reason.
The same poll found that, nationally, 80 percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats opposed the war in Iraq, and 75 percent believed that all US troops should be withdrawn either immediately or within the next year.