So what does all this mean? Republicans down ticket SHOULD have benefited from the increases in Republicans and Independent voters over the registration totals. Remember, the registration gap at election time was:
Democrats: 47 %.
"Other" & Independents: 23.5%
Yet the exit polling shows that Democrats made up only 44% of actual voters in November:
Democrats: 44 %.
"Other" & Independents: 27%
So in theory, this should have HELPED candidates down ticket, not hurt them as has been suggested by the GOP elite. There is one explanation for why those candidates may have lost their races....the 18% of Republicans who voted against O'Donnell. It's interesting that 18% of Delaware Republicans cost Christine the election and likewise, 18% of Delaware Republicans consider themselves more liberal than moderate.