Republicans have Louisiana and Indianapolis. We've got the rest of the country.
What used to be a 23-17 Republican state Senate majority is now a 21-18 Democratic one, with one seat still neck and neck. In the House, a 56-41 Republican majority (with three independents) is now 52-43 with two independents and three seats still waiting to be called.
And particularly delicious was the crushing defeat of Rep. Tom Davis' wife in her Fairfax County senate seat. It's time for the whole family to pull up stakes and head off to richer (K Street) pastures.
What a crushing defeat for Kentucky's Republicans. In the governor's race, the most socially conservative part of the state went heavily Beshear in a bad omen for Mitch McConnell. It was a genuine bloodbath.
Beshear has won McCracken County by 20 points. Beshear leads in Warren County by 12 (Fletcher won by 22 in 2003), and has won Shelby County by 10 (Fletcher won by 20 in 2003), and remarkably Beshear leads in Campbell County by 14 points with 74% reporting, a county Fletcher won by 26 in 2003. Incredible [...]
Good Lord, Fletcher defeated Beshear in Boone County by less than 2 points. Yes, you heard that right. The county which Fletcher won by 44 points in 2003 was effectively a dead-heat four years later. And given that Beshear won Campbell County by 12 points (Kenton hasn't reported yet), this might be the biggest story of Election Night. This will rock the conventional wisdom that Republicans own Northern Kentucky. Amazing.
The state had five special elections, and Democrats won three of them, extending their lead in the State House to 90 out of 151 seats -- the first time in a decade any party has held a lead that large.
The largest city in the state run by a Republican -- Canton -- is no longer Red.
The pre-vote CW on this city:
This is the race that could solidify the GOP's media narrative in Ohio going into '08. The Ohio Republican Party should retain the Canton Mayoral seat. Afterall, they pulled EVERYONE out of Columbus (no crap) and everywhere else across the state to send them to Canton at the last minute in an emergency bid to save this seat. Hands down, this is the largest city that a Republican serves as a mayor of in Ohio. Taking this seat from Republicans would prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the party is in shambles.
After the vote was counted, the OHIO GOP looked damaged next to the state's resurgent Democratic machine.
This has more meaning than anything else that happened in Ohio politics Tuesday. It has more meaning than all of Columbus, the entire OH-5 race, and every other city council candidate or judge we picked up statewide. This victory is the single greatest sign of the demise of the once great Republican Party in Ohio. Let me explain.
The most interesting thing about the Columbus municipal elections on Tuesday was how desolate the city was of any sign of the GOP. Since Columbus is Ohio's largest city, you'd think that the ORP would at least put up a fight there - especially since they were willing to dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into their Columbus races. There were no Republicans in parking lots, informing voters about GOP candidates. There were no reports of phone calls going out to GOPer voters in their homes. Hell, I don't even think the GOP drove voters to the polls. By order of Bob Bennett, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, Republicans throughout Columbus, and the rest of the state, abandoned everything in order to put a firewall around the Canton Mayoral race. They put all their resources into trying to defend Creighton's hold over Ohio's 9th largest city, Canton [...]
Nowhere in Ohio. NOWHERE. Did Ohio Republicans upset Democrats in a major Mayoral race. In fact, not only did Republicans lose in Ohio's 9th largest city, but they also lost in Lorain, Ohio's 10th largest city. The Lorain Mayoral race is another pickup for the Ohio Democratic Party and shuts Republicans from controlling any cities amongst Ohio's 10 largest. In fact the only contest on the radar in which the Republican Party prevailed was in Green, Ohio - a teeny little town of 22,000 folks - where they beat a 27 year old by 700 votes. Hardly a resounding victory.
They lost in Marion. They lost in Chillicothe. They lost in Lorain. They lost in Columbus - all of it. They lost in Mansfield. They lost in Athens. They lost in Canton. They lost even lost in sleepy little Bellefontaine to a bright eyed, 22 year old Democrat by the name of Adam Brannon. By most accounts - if Mayoral races are the benchmark to judge the GOP's performance this year - they lost Ohio.
And when push came to shove. When Bob Bennett put everything on the line, the full power of the Ohio Republican Party, to retain the GOP's most important city, they lost when they should've won easily.
This bodes well for Democratic chances at both the presidential level, as well as the state's battleground House races like the open OH-16 seat (which includes Canton).
Dems increased their narrow 21-18 lead in the State Senate by one seat, including two pickups in conservative southern Jersey.
In the two major State Senate races, both Democratic challengers won against their Republican opponents. Jeff Van Drew won in District 1-- dominated by conservative Cape May county -- and Jim Whelan won in District 2 -- you may have heard of Atlantic City. Steve Sweeney and his Assembly running mates all easily won re-election in the District 3.
Jeff Van Drew is a star who is expected to eventually run for Congress. 30% of registered voters in District 1 are Republican, and only 16% are Democrats. Jim Whelan is no sluch either, overcoming a 26-21 disadvatange. Together these three districts form most of New Jersey Congressional District Two, represented by Republican Frank LoBiondo.
With LoBiondo's district becoming more Democratic-friendly, it opens up a new front in the battle for the U.S. House.
Republicans made this election all about "scary brown people with drivers licenses", and yet they seriously underperformed.
Democrats declared yesterday that Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants had not proved to be the electoral boon Republicans had hoped for in local elections, despite the Republicans' aggressive efforts to exploit overwhelming public opposition to the proposal.
Though Democrats appeared to expand their majority in the Legislature in Suffolk County, Republicans were not ready to concede a pivotal Nassau County legislative race, and pointed to significant victories in several county races upstate as evidence of a Republican resurgence in the state [...]
In many parts of the state, turnout appeared to be even lower than usual for an off-year election, despite Republican hopes that the licensing issue would drive Republican voters to the polls.
Though anger clearly existed over Mr. Spitzer's proposal - as well as his bout with scandal and his battles with Albany Republicans - many local races appeared to hinge, as they traditionally do, on local issues like property taxes and municipal services, or on the specific strengths and weaknesses of the candidates themselves [...]
In Monroe County, Democrats won one hard-fought legislative seat despite a late effort to blanket the area with mailers that charged local Democrats with aiding terrorists because of their support for Mr. Spitzer's licensing plan.
Though the seat will not by itself swing control of the County Legislature, Democrats hope it will presage a strong effort next year against two Rochester-area Republicans in the State Senate.
Democrats did poorly in statewide offices, but at the legislative level notched strong victories. In the Senate, they turned a 27-25 deficit to a 28-24 lead after picking up three seats. In the House, the present Democratic advantage of 75-47 will apparently remain unchanged.
Democrats reversed a one-seat GOP majority in the state Supreme Court to a one-seat Democratic majority. And can I add that elected judgeships are the worst thing to happen to justice?