Mike Nifong's latest hapless challengers, Democrat Lewis Cheek and Republican Steve Monks, apparently managed to split a majority anti-Nifong vote and return the Duke lacrosse prosecutor to office:
With all but provisional ballots counted, Nifong, a Democrat, had 49 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. County Commissioner Lewis Cheek, who lent his name to an effort to unseat Nifong through gubernatorial appointment, received 39 percent. Write-in ballots accounted for about 12 percent of the vote, and it was unclear how many of those went to lawyer Steve Monks, the only official write-in candidate.
Republicans in Connecticut managed to coalesce around Joe Lieberman rather than supporting a sure loser. Why couldn't Monks voters have done the same?