There is much counter-evidence against any Haggard Effect in Tuesday's election. The Denver Post notes:
Not only did Amendment 43, which defines marriage in the state constitution as only between one man and one woman, pass by a double-digit margin, but a measure that would have created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples suffered a sound defeat.
(Haggard, by the way, did not take a position on the domestic partnerships initiative.)
Likewise, Republican U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a favorite among religious conservatives, won re-election.
"Musgrave is among the most vulnerable of representatives," political science professor Norman Provizer, told the Post. "And yet in a year in which many candidates who were viewed as (not) vulnerable were defeated, she managed to hang in there."
"Evangelicals apparently shrugged off pastor's woes," says a Post story by the indispensable Eric Gorski. The piece says that while many people wondered if there would be a "Haggard Factor," it didn't seem ...1