Lamont Surges to Really, Really Early Lead

I finally managed to get through at the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office, and got the early returns–very early returns–on the Connecticut Senate primary. Lamont leads, at the moment, 126 to 66, with all results from Windham County. That’s it for me; I’m checking out. But Dean Barnett will be live-blogging the primary at Hugh Hewitt’s site. He’s a little mercurial, though; he’s already gone from:

I’m beginning to think this live-blogging thing was a worse idea than “Heaven’s Gate.”

To:

Can you feel the excitement? This is going to be the best liveblog ever!!

I sincerely doubt that, whatever happens, it will be the best live-blogging ever.

UPDATE: Television reports indicate it’s Lamont, winning pretty big. Several people have asked me which candidate I’m rooting for here. Some Republicans think a Lamont win will be a good thing, demonstrating how far off the rails the Democratic Party has gone. Not me. This is no time for partisanship. These days, I feel like a character in Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, with my fellow citizens turning into pods in alarming numbers. I’d like some reassurance that the pod people aren’t yet a majority, even among Democrats.

FURTHER UPDATE: On the bright side, Cynthia McKinney got trounced. Never let it be said that you can’t shame a Democrat!

UPDATE by Paul: With 72 percent of the votes counted, Lamont leads by 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent. I didn’t think it would be that close.

MORE by JOHN: Right. That is extremely close, and, contrary to the “Lieberman on the brink” headlines we’re seeing tonight, should position Lieberman pretty well for the general election. It suggests, among other things, that a lot of the newly-registered Democrats were signing up to vote for Joe.

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