Earlier this week, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol asserted in a column that he could not find “a single recent instance of a candidate who ultimately became his party’s nominee losing a primary” by a 41-point margin like Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) did in West Virgina. But as ThinkProgress and other blogs quickly pointed out, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lost to Mitt Romney in the Utah’s primary by 85 points in February. The Times has now issued a correction for Kristol’s column:
Correction: May 21, 2008
In his column on Monday, Bill Kristol said he could not find a recent primary in which the candidate who would go on to win the nomination lost by as big a margin as Barack Obama lost by (41 points) in West Virginia. Mitt Romney won the essentially uncontested Utah primary on Feb. 5 with about 90 percent of the vote.
Also, the California Supreme Court is based in San Francisco, not the state capital, Sacramento.