It was a bad night for Karl Rove.
That’s the assessment this morning of Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio after yesterday’s election results.
First, Brown survived what he said was $40 million spent against him in his race with Republican challenger Josh Mandel by outside groups, including Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit group founded with help from Rove.
Then, Rove, a Fox News contributor and the Republican strategist who helped former President George W. Bush carry Ohio and win re-election in 2004, questioned the network’s decision to call Ohio for President Barack Obama as “premature.” Obama won the unofficial Ohio vote by 2 percentage points statewide.
“Not to egg him on for six years later, but Karl Rove doesn’t know Ohio as well as he thinks he does,” Brown said today at a post-election press conference in Columbus.
“I don’t say he’s not welcome here,” Brown continued. “He’s always welcome here. We look forward to him coming to somewhere in Ohio and making a speech and doing what he does here and helping the local economy, I’m fine of that. But I think his brand of politics is pretty discredited.”
Both Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber struck out in a lot of races, as Jonathan Salant has noted.