This year, there was no Iraq war issue as in 2006. Malloy was no Lieberman, reviled on the left. And Ned Lamont, some say, wasn't really Ned Lamont, losing his liberal base after positioning himself as more of a steady centrist -- a criticism Obama is hearing with increasing frequency these days from his backers on the left.Heading into the primary, Democratic voters were railing about Lamont's shift to the center and a sense that he had betrayed who he was -- and how they got to know him -- four years earlier."Ned was kind of in a tough spot in this campaign because to win, he had to broaden his base beyond a liberal, anti-war coalition that helped him beat Lieberman," said Democratic strategist Dan Gerstein, who worked for Lieberman in 2006. "But the way he did, and tried to position himself as a businessman, was in hindsight not a good strategy. It gave Malloy an opening to put together a pretty strong Connecticut primary coalition including a lot of labor folks."
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