Get ready to hear a lot of people talking about “no mandate” in the coming weeks, and years. Whoever ends up in the big chair — Konnie Lukes or Rick Rushton — will be serving without a true “voter’s mandate,” and it’s sure to add to some contentious interactions on the floor over the next two years. The spin from the Rushton team already paints Lukes as the sort of ideological loser, the theory being that Gary Rosen espoused similar beliefs to Rushton, and that Rushton-Rosen combined beat Lukes soundly. Of course, that also places Rosen in a Ralph Nader-esque position, at least in the view of Rushton’s people.

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