Depending on which campaign you talk to, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman or his challenger Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont both won by convincing margins. Lamont received more than double the support from party insiders to primary Lieberman. Lamont received 33.4 percent of the delegates – quite a bit more than the 15 to 20 percent he expected. But Lieberman still beat Lamont, 2-to-1. Lamont received 505 delegates and Lieberman received 1,004 delegates.
While energized by the numbers, the Lamont campaign was reserved and well-behaved for the party faithful. Lieberman supporters used their phallic thunder clappers that said “Stick with Joe” to beat off the Lamont grassroots campaign effort.Lieberman was unable to stay to accept the endorsement Friday night because of his religious background as an orthodox Jew. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro accepted the endorsement on Lieberman’s behalf.Lieberman spokesman Sean Smith said the senator “has never been wildly popular with the Democratic party.” He said the campaign anticipated the 33 percent for the wealthy challenger.“It’s what we’ve been saying all along,” Smith said. Smith said nine-out-of-10 to 10-out-of-10 Democrats don’t support his position on the war.” That’s the issue that sparked the grassroots effort to defeat Lieberman.Following the nominations, the party was supposed to vote on its platform, which includes its stance on the war. There were rumors about a contingent turning out en masse against the war, but the party’s platform debate was reserved for Saturday morning.