From McAuliffe’s narrow victory to Christie’s landslide, last night’s votes had something for everyone.
Yesterday’s results in Virginia and New Jersey are a warning to politicians who embrace Obamacare. They’re also a warning to politicians who embrace the Tea Party.In Virginia, heavily favored Democrat Terry McAuliffe barely eked out a two-point win, while in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sailed to reelection with a 20-point victory. Meanwhile, in a special congressional election in Alabama, Chamber of Commerce-type Republican Bradley Byrne defeated Dean Young, a Tea Party favorite, 53-46.
In the most powerful gun lobby’s home state, an extreme position on background checks may have cost a Republican candidate his race. What Virginia means for the future of gun control.
Last night, Terry McAuliffe beat Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race by a margin of 55,000 votes. The race turned out to be closer than many expected, but a loss is a loss—the voters’ verdict will likely be viewed in part as a rejection of Mr. Cuccinelli’s extreme social conservative agenda.What may be more disappointing for conservatives is a potentially razor-thin defeat in the Virginia Attorney General’s race. Republican candidate Mark Obenshain had appeared to be a more palatable option than Cuccinelli throughout much of the campaign.
African American voters turned out in huge numbers for the Virginia gubernatorial election, giving Terry McAuliffe a win and proving the "Obama model" can work without Obama.
One of the big questions of the next few years of politics is whether Democrats can replicate the “Obama model” of minority turnout without the presence of Obama on the ballot. If the Virginia gubernatorial election was a test case, then the early answer is a clear “yes.” After all, the winner in last night’s election—Democratic fundraiser Terry McAuliffe—is a sleazy, corrupt influence peddler who pushed the boundaries on fundraising and enriched himself in the process.
I’ll have more to say later today and tomorrow on last night’s results. But let’s start the morning, now that that election is over, thinking about the next one. A year from today, we’ll wake up to find out who’s in control of the United States Senate—and to see what new faces will emerge there (and which old faces the new ones will be sending off to pasture).One old face not looking so hot right now is Mitch McConnell’s. He’s being challenged first by a tea-party primary opponent, Matt Bevin.
Local elections were taking place all over America on Tuesday night. From anti-coal measures to minimum wage hikes it was a great night for liberals.
The voters of Virginia and New Jersey weren’t the only ones holding some tea leaves in their hands last night. All across the country in obscure races you may never have heard about, voters were sending other messages, and a lot of them were surprisingly liberal.Let’s start in the small Seattle suburb called SeaTac, where voters approved a minimum wage hike to a whopping $15 an hour for most workers at Seattle’s main airport. Washington state already has the country’s highest minimum wage, at $9.
The Senate has cleared the way for gay citizens to be protected at work, but Boehner and the House Republicans are determined to quash the law. Why they’re on the wrong side of history.
Two big gay things happened on Monday. First, the Senate voted to clear a procedural hurdle that will eventually lead to passing the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity throughout the United States. Second, on the same day, Mike Michaud, the leading candidate to be the next governor of Maine, announced that he is gay. Both events are, as we gays might say, fabulous.
The margin was slimmer than expected, but the Republican still lost in Virginia. From donations to social issues, why he crumbled—and why some say he was stabbed in the back.
Barring the return of Reconstruction, the concept of Terry McAuliffe as governor of Virginia once seemed laughable. This was a man who once downed shots on cable news and whose biggest political innovation was allowing major donors to stay over in the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton administration. But the brash Democratic fundraiser and New York native was elected Tuesday by a margin of 48 to 46 over Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s socially conservative attorney general.
Christie’s huge N.J. win across demographic divides was a rebuke to critics of Northeastern Republicans as Republicans in Name Only. And it offers the GOP a path to power in 2016.
Chris Christie’s landslide reelection in a state President Obama won by 17 points offers the GOP a memo on how to win in 2016, if it wants one.Don’t just fixate on the top-line numbers. They obscure the real story. Look instead at Christie’s initial exit poll margins among women, independent voters, moderates, the middle class, Hispanics, and African-Americans. In those cross-tab stats, you see the outlines of a candidate who can dig the GOP out of the demographic trap it’s facing.
Anger at the gridlocked Washington political establishment fueled wins for Bill de Blasio, Chris Christie, and Terry McAuliffe—a good sign for GOP governors in 2016.
On this night four years ago, it was clear. A wave was coming. In November 2009 it was still far out to sea, but it was coming. Chris Christie, a tough talking former U.S. attorney, had upended a liberal governor in Democratic New Jersey. In Virginia a hard-right Republican, Bob McDonnell, running on a socially conservative platform, had crushed the Democrat in a state thought to be trending blue. In two suburban swing counties in New York, unknown Republicans romped over longtime Democratic officeholders.
With his famously coiffed son next to him and his daughter flying in for a surprise visit, New York’s next mayor went to the polls. A look at the close-knit family.
New York’s new mayor began Election Day with the happiest of surprises in the person of his 19-year-old daughter.Bill de Blasio thought Chiara was thousands of miles away at college, and he had been told that schoolwork precluded her from flying in. But when he opened the door to the family’s Brooklyn home on Tuesday morning she suddenly appeared from behind some trash cans.He was still aglow as he stood with her, his son Dante, and his wife outside the public library that serves as his neighborhood polling place.
At a pre-Election Day rally Monday, the GOP’s failing Virginia gubernatorial nominee gets upstaged by one of the party’s young Tea Party stars.
The final leg of Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign for the Virginia governorship has been a nonstop set of rallies, each with a different guest from the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. It’s a Hail Mary, of sorts. Thanks to his flat-footed moves at the beginning of the year—from commandeering the nomination process to opposing Bob McDonnell and his major transportation plan—Cuccinelli has alienated the business-focused donors of the Virginia GOP.
Purple Virginia is the closest thing we have to a national test kitchen—and what’s cooking in the governor’s race there smells like another serving of disaster for Republicans.
If a national election were held in a test kitchen, it would resemble Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial election.The race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli is a rich stew of national personalities and issues, consumed by Virginia voters with “tastes” similar to voter groups nationwide. That’s why the media will see this off-year election as a bellwether for voting trends nationwide.Speaking as a conservative Republican, I believe the McAuliffe-Cuccinelli campaign has been a recipe for disaster cooked up with the same ingredients that flavor the GOP’s toxic national brand.
Voters in a corner of Colorado will vote Tuesday on whether to secede from the state. The movement will fail, but the underlying discord in American politics is only going to grow.
You can have your Chris Christies and Bill de Blasios and Terry McAuliffes. Oh, those are all interesting races, and they all tell us something or other about the current mood. But Tuesday night, I’m going to be watching Colorado. Individual pols come and go, but what seems to be happening out in the Rocky Mountain West is the start of a new and lamentable trend that I think may be with us for a long time in American politics.Eleven of Colorado’s 64 counties want to secede from the state, and there is a referendum on the ballot to that effect.
If de Blasio triumphs in New York City’s mayoral race as expected Tuesday, the party will join him as power brokers of the first order. Founder Dan Cantor talks about the WFP’s rise.
Ten years ago, Dan Cantor was trying to fend off a friend who had been guilt-tripping him into giving to National Public Radio during one of the network’s regular pledge drives.“I’ll tell you what,” Cantor responded. “I’ll start giving when Bill de Blasio becomes mayor.”And so, NPR, please prepare a complimentary tote bag for Mr. Cantor. A donation should be coming your way soon.That’s because de Blasio, New York City’s public advocate, is poised to win a historic victory Tuesday night in the race to become the next mayor of New York City.
Fearing an expensive lost cause, the national party took a pass on Tuesday’s election for New Jersey governor. But the decision may come back to haunt Democrats in 2016.
If Gov. Chris Christie wins reelection Tuesday by even a fraction of the margin predicted by New Jersey pollsters, he’ll owe his easy victory to one group in particular—national Democrats, who all but ignored his race against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.From President Obama, who twice toured New Jersey with Christie after Hurricane Sandy and then failed to endorse Christie’s challenger, to the Democratic National Committee, which sent just one staffer to the state to fortify local efforts, to major donors and high-profile party leaders such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, powerful Democrats have stayed on the sidelines in the blue state contest that top brass deemed a loser from the start.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
Milk could hit $8 a gallon if there’s no breakthrough in Farm Bill negotiations, and it won’t just be dairy products spiking in price -- cookies and most other food would also be hit.