Oh stop. The results of the recent GOP primary were not driven by Karl Rove anymore than they were driven by the editorials in the Times or Post Star.
Lots of people would like to think they can or should dictate the outcome but in the end such efforts are more a reflection of existing views than a leading indicator.
Elise Stefanik won because she was a candidate who offered the better vision for the office and the best prospects for Republicans to win NY21.
Elise Stefanik in July 4th Parade in Hamilton County
Republicans liked her and had tired of her opponent who had a lot of factors in his favor, not the least of which was media in the largest city in the district who created an echo chamber that totally misread the district wide mood against their preferred candidate, and I am not so sure it was against anyone as much it people were enthused over the Stefanik candidacy.
For most, not all, in NY 21, there just was not an appetite for the same race over again. That's the theme reflected in the Rove ads and in the results through much of NNY.
The tail didn't wag the dog. The dog wagged it's own tail.
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