McDonald got 58 percent, just four years ago.
Cucc's loss MAY be fruit of Republican factional infighting. Think about that. A persuadable independent or democrat looks at the Republican scene, and says "...what a mess. Why should I trust those people with my state's governance? They cannot even get along with each other."
People, the GOP's image, the brand, has gone down and stayed down. All the distraction about the GOPe and the Tea Party, does not overcome that fact.
Polls before and after the shutdown said the GOP would take greater blame. Boom, distraction-website. Website, website, website.
Obama goes down, but that does NOT mean the GOP goes up.
Guess what. The GOP is still down, and unless the GOPe and Tea Party get together, it will stay down and lose more elections.