Crossroads, Chamber Lose in 2012

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Political consultant Karl Rove, left, speaks with Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, at the Republican National Convention.

The big losers in 2012 include Karl Rove and Scott Reed.

American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, founded with the help of Rove, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, whose voter-education and political operation was led by Scott Reed, were among the biggest losers in the elections.

Rove’s Crossroads groups, which backed Mitt Romney, lost the presidential race and nine of 10 Senate races it intervened in where the results were known. At this posting, it was losing in two of the three Senate contests where it intervened and whose outcome was still in doubt.

Reed, who ran Bob Dole’s unsuccessful 1996 presidential campaign, fared even worse. The Chamber had yet to win a general-election Senate race, going 0 for 11, and losing in two of the other three Senate contests it spent money in.

Neither group supported a Democratic candidate for the Senate.


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