Obama camp blames Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” for Indiana results

Tuesday night, as the Indiana votes are being counter, the Obama campaign put out an email crediting Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” with giving Clinton the slight lead in Indiana. Limbaugh’s plan was to ask Republican voters to cross over and vote for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary. As a result, the race would go on and on damaging the party.

The report from Fox News:

Barack Obama’s campaign issued an e-mail on Tuesday night that appeared to relegate Hillary Clinton’s lead in Indiana to efforts by Rush Limbaugh to wreak havoc in the Democratic presidential primary contest.

In an e-mail entitled “The Limbaugh Effect in Indiana = 7 percent,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton wrote: “According to the latest exit polling data, 17 percent of voters in the Indiana primary today said they would vote for John McCain in a Clinton/McCain match-up. Forty-one percent of that number is constituted by people who voted Clinton in the primary but also indicated they will vote for McCain in the general election. That comes out to just under 7 percent of the primary electorate the number that may be attributed to a Limbaugh Effect.”

“The Limbaugh Effect” referred to “Operation Chaos,” which the conservative radio talk show host launched early in the primary season to create “balance” in the 2008 primary contest after he said liberal influences helped John McCain emerge as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Limbaugh has said his scheme to tilt the Democratic primary exceeded his expectations.

“I see the Obama campaign is saying Operation Chaos accounted for a 7-point bump for Hillary in Indiana. I think they are just jealous that I out-organized them,” Limbaugh told FOX News Tuesday night. “I am extremely proud of Operation Chaos volunteers. I never doubted they would triumph and it is a delight to see.”

Obama might be correct, Indiana is typically a “red” state during general elections meaning they have a lot of Republican voters. More than a few of them may have taken the idea to heart and voted for Clinton in hopes of continuing the Democratic race.