In the Kadima leadership primary, current leader of the opposition Tzipi Livni lost to intraparty challenger Shaul Mofaz.
Livni did not just lose. She was trounced, getting only 37% of the vote in a two-person race.
OK, my party-historian readers, how many cases of sitting party leaders of major parties have ever lost an internal leadership contest that badly?
On the question of participation in these sorts of internal leadership elections–which we were discussing in a Canadian context earlier in the week–the turnout for Kadima’s primary was 38.2%. ((There were 95,000 eligible, compared to 74,000 in the previous primary, when Livni narrowly beat Mofaz.))
What will Livni do now? It is hard to see her hanging around the caucus of a party that just humiliated her.