The votes are in, and Marisa DeFranco has fallen well short of the 15% support she needed at the Democratic convention to appear on the primary ballot this fall. Initial reports have the tally at about 95.8% of the delegates for Warren – very, very impressive. So, from here on out, it’s Elizabeth Warren vs. Scott Brown.
Whether you think this is a good thing or a bad thing, we can expect to hear a great deal from Republicans – who are suddenly DeFranco enthusiasts – hilariously pretending that this is some sort of outrage. Rob at Red Mass Group is actually suggesting that DeFranco’s constitutional rights might have been violated and that she should sue over it. What short memories they have. They did exactly – exactly - the same thing to Christy Mihos only two years ago, when they gave 89% of the support at their convention to Charlie Baker, thereby denying Mihos the 15% he needed to secure a spot on the ballot. Funny … I don’t recall Rob or any other Republican being too upset about it back then.
One more thing: I seriously doubt that Deval Patrick’s endorsement of Elizabeth Warren had much impact on the delegate count. Those delegate slates were elected in (mostly) February at the party caucuses, long before Patrick had weighed in. Maybe a few uncommitteds changed their minds at the margins. But Warren’s victory was big enough that there’s just no way the die wasn’t cast well before Patrick got involved. If DeFranco was really serious about being on the ballot, she should have been all over the caucuses. She wasn’t, and so she isn’t.