In this instance, due to the other candidate's tragic death, I think the voters did it out of respect for the deceased. Also, that candidate had been the Governor previously, so he may have been well liked to begin with. From what I read, though, the race was close - 50% to 49%.
I wasn't going towards a political discussion. His comment seemed to be a slam against Slinky. He doesn't need me defending him but I find it wierd that the guy who created this forum would have someone seemingly saying a negative thing about him IF that was what he meant.