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  •  The WI Assembly kills me (1+ / 0-)
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    WisJohn

    While the State Senate was difficult with the 5th, 21st, 23rd, 29th having anywhere between 51 and 55 percent Obama performance, a number of Assembly seats were just ridiculous. Districts 26, 43, 44, 45, 49, 51, 68, 88, and 93 all were Kerry Districts and Obama received over 60 percent of the vote in all expect 26, 68, and 93, where he got over 59.  These are the same type of seats that people like Fred Clark, Donna Seidel, Christine Sinicki, Janet Bewely, David Cullen, Penny Bernard-Schaber, Gordon Hintz, and Cory Mason were able to hold, yet we lost all these pretty solid seats.  People like Mark Radcliffe, Peggy Krusick, Tony Staskunas, Amy Vruwink, and Andy Jorgensen actually had harder districts and they were able to win. Just holding those seats would have brought us to 48 seats (after the election we had 39 seats, then Steve Doyle later won in a special election) and winning 72 and 75 (72 had a long time incumbent and at 56.7 Obama, so it should have been a solid hold) would have brought us back to a majority.  Although at 50-49, it would have been tenuous (especially with Peggy Krusick) but on the big ticket items like collective bargaining and redistricting it would have held.  
    So really, there was no excuse for losing so many Assembly seats that were at 59/60 percent Obama.  In my mind, I can excuse losing 75, but losing the rest was simply pathetic.

    All Wisconsin, All the Time, Social Democrat, currently WI-05 (Home), recent Cornell University ILR Class of 2012 graduate.

    by glame on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 02:14:02 PM PDT

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