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USA Election Night 2009

Misty

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Bob McDonnell has been declared WINNAR, as expected.
 

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What was un expected is that the Republicans have now been called for sweeping all 3 positions, Governor, Lt Governor, and Attorney General. From what I hear that is quite a remarkable feat.
 

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That is to say, in Virginia.

Hm... The polls have already closed in New Jersey and New York, right?
 

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That is to say, in Virginia.

Hm... The polls have already closed in New Jersey and New York, right?
NJ: 8 PM Christie [R] Corzine [D] Daggett
NY: 9 PM Hoffman [C] Owens [D]

Both of those are in EST, via Drudge. So NJ just closed, NY will close in 41 min.
 

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Maine just closed as well, I believe.
 

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It's starting to look like a giant GOP sweep.

The numbers for Virginia in particular are interesting, with some of the numbers for the gubernatorial race showing 20% leads. Wow.
 

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It's starting to look like a giant GOP sweep.
"If I see one balloon before this is over, heads will roll!" The West Wing Toby Ziegler on "Election Night"

Christie is up by 10% in NJ but most Democrat Districts are not in so...
 

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Daggett seems to have collapsed. I think we can safely say that Christie is the winner. Good luck to him on governing - he'll need it.
 

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I'm not sure about that now, the lead between Christie and Dagget is shrinking.
 

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You mean Corzine. Daggett is the third party candidate.
 

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Oh, that's what I meant. :p
Still, Christie's lead is shrinking, that might show something.
 

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I care more for the ballot measures than who wins which seats. The way I see it, seats are always going to be changing hands and each party will do what they can to support their values while in office. It'll all just go back and forth until the end of time.

The ballot measures, however, help me better gauge where the voter's own values are. In particular I'm watching 71 in WA and the Maine same-sex marriage measures because equality is extremely important to me. I also like to know what's going on with my local ballot measures to see what is affecting the state I live in and how it might affect me.
 

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Fox News is now saying Christie won, AP says it as well. CNN is at commercial at the moment. NBC Projects it as well.
 

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I care more for the ballot measures than who wins which seats. The way I see it, seats are always going to be changing hands and each party will do what they can to support their values while in office. It'll all just go back and forth until the end of time.

The ballot measures, however, help me better gauge where the voter's own values are. In particular I'm watching 71 in WA and the Maine same-sex marriage measures because equality is extremely important to me. I also like to know what's going on with my local ballot measures to see what is affecting the state I live in and how it might affect me.
I agree completely, though I also think it's important to at least see the general direction of seat gains.

I haven't seen much data on the issues however.
 

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I haven't seen much data on the issues however.
Me either. Best I saw was an update to the Maine article I posted in The Gays thread that shows:

Early returns showed a close contest, as had been forecast. With 70 of 608 precincts reporting, the gay-marriage side had 53 percent to 47 percent for the other side.
I can hardly get excited over it with only 11% reporting in... :-/
 

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Me either. Best I saw was an update to the Maine article I posted in The Gays thread that shows:



I can hardly get excited over it with only 11% reporting in... :-/
Well, this goes without saying, but I hope that the gay-marriage side comes out with a win on this one. This one could be the first one to have a popular vote side with gay marriage (But I'm sure you knew that already).

I haven't seen anything for my local state issues either. I'm particularly concerned with Ohio's state-wide Issue 3 (Allowing Casinos in Ohio), and I have a minor interest in the County-wide Issues 5 and 6.
 

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Corzine has conceded defeat. It's official, Christie is the new governor-elect. It looks like Bloomberg wins in NYC.

The last race is the Congressional race. As it stands now, the Democrat leads.
 

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The last race is the Congressional race. As it stands now, the Democrat leads.
It's close though, it's only a 4-point margin at this point, and the gap has been shrinking between the two candidates. This one is going down to the wire.
 

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You know if Owens wins it isn't THAT bad, Dede was the worst out there, Owens tries to position himself as a "Reagan Conservative" and thus will have to vote like that if he plans to keep his seat next year. May I add: THIS IS WHY YOU HAVE PRIMARIES!
 

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Looks like stations are starting to call for Owens. Thank God.

I think the result is clear: Republicans win when they nominate solid conservative candidates who PROJECT A MODERATE IMAGE. I don't doubt McDonnell's or even Christie's conservative credentials, but both still looked like reasonable men who would concentrate on kitchen table issues. Hoffman smacked of an ideological crusade, which the moderate NY-23 wanted nothing of.
 
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