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Curtains for Dale Peterson and Angela McGlowan

I'm still on vacation, but I didn't miss the cold, hard reality that struck some of the better-hyped Republican candidates last night. We all remember Dale Peterson, the GOP candidate for agriculture commissioner whose surreal ad "We Are Better Than That!" became a sensation. Peterson lost, respectably, in a three-way primary race -- he got 27 percent of the vote, missing the runoff.

It was an even darker night for someone who, unlike Peterson, already had something of a national following. In February, Fox News pundit Angela McGlowan, a black woman who often comments on how the Democratic Party undermines black Americans, announced her candidacy for Mississippi's 1st District at the National Tea Party Convention. She immediately became much-cited evidence of how the tea party was challenging the GOP and how black Republicans were finding their footing. She welcomed the attention:

People who've lost factory jobs or lost their home, people who approach me after Tea Party events, have asked me to run. They say, "Angela, you've made it big. Please go back to Washington and help us." When people who have despair ask you for help, you don't turn them down.

But there was little evidence of real grass-roots support for McGlowan. She raised only $87,093, which included $12,372 from her own pocket, and last night she scored only 15 percent of the vote in her primary. That's not the kind of result that increases a pundit's credibility -- that's a result that sends us looking at her campaign schedule and realizing how much time she spent on Fox News versus how much time she spent on the trail. And this endorsement could have come sooner.


By David Weigel  |  June 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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