Blunt's first half year as Governor was awful, and for a large portion of 2005/2006, his job approval was around the low 30s.
He fought on long enough to have like $10M on hand, but he could have spent $100M and still lost to Jay Nixon.
Not to mention that Blunt ignored his base on the stem cells amendment, and by endorsing Romney early (while Huckabee rolled in Blunt's base area).
The one thing that is going to help General Assembly Republicans is the removal of donation limits on August 28th. That'll probably start a massive money race once a few rich people start dropping $10K checks for state house candidates.
I hear that a re-vote would not have been able to follow DNC rules in regards to preventing Republican primary voters from voting in the Democratic primary. Mainly because the list of Republican primary voters would not be available for some reason or another.
Ultimately the big mistake was on the part of the Michigan Democrats, who couldn't settle for February 5th and tried to cut in line.
Yeah, Nixon won three times with 59, 60, and 60 percent over pretty much unknown opponents.
There's a slight barrier around 60% where it's hard to get a Democrat over that percentage. McCaskill won 60% in 2002 over Al Hanson for Auditor, despite Hanson being an ex-felon with no institutional support.
I think that Nixon's numbers are due to move down slightly. But the primary might be a choice for Missouri Republicans between losing votes in the I70 corridor (Columbia to St. Louis) and losing votes in the I44 corridor (St. Louis to Springfield).