Friday, November 11, 2011

Barack Obama - #3404 - Obama's Virginia Defeat - Wall Street Journal (2) Houck Concedes in State Senate Race vs. Reeves - Daily Progress

This Wall Street Journal article is now on  Drudge Report

Obama's Virginia Defeat.   Of all the noise of this week's state election results, what mattered most for Election 2012 came out of Virginia. It was the sound of the air leaking out of the Plouffe plan. That would be David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign manager and current senior strategist, who is focused today on how to cobble together 270 electoral votes for re-election........States like Virginia. Mr. Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964; he beat John McCain by seven percentage points; and he did so on the strength of his appeal to Northern Virginia's many white-collar independents. Along with victories in North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada, the Obama Old Dominion win in 2008 inspired a flurry of stories about how Democrats had forever altered the political map........
Virginia Republicans added seven new seats to their majority in the House of Delegates, giving them two-thirds of that chamber's votes—the party's largest margin in history. The GOP also took over the Virginia Senate in results that were especially notable, given that Virginia Democrats this spring crafted an aggressive redistricting plan that had only one aim: providing a firewall against a Republican takeover of that chamber. Even that extreme gerrymander didn't work. Every Republican incumbent—52 in the House, 15 in the Senate—won. The state GOP is looking at unified control over government for only the second time since the Civil War. This is after winning all three top statewide offices—including the election of Gov. Bob McDonnell—in 2009, and picking off three U.S. House Democrats in last year's midterms. Read entire article...... AW: It was worth all the hard work everyone put into all the state races, to be able to read an article like this from Wall Street Journal.


Houck Concedes in State Senate Race vs. Reeves - Daily Progress - Sen. R. Edward Houck, D-Spotsylvania, has conceded defeat in his race against Republican Bryce Reeves, officially handing control of the state Senate to Republicans.  Houck was entitled to seek a recount after the certification of results on Nov. 28, but opted not to do so as canvassing in Spotsylvania and Louisa counties made it clear that he had been defeated.  The State Board of Elections shows Reeves with a 222-vote lead over Houck, a 27-year veteran.  His concession means a 20-20 split in the chamber, enabling Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, to break tie votes.  Bolling made it clear Wednesday that power sharing was off the table.  “Make no mistake about it, there is a Republican majority in the state Senate,” he said.  That gives the GOP total control of state government, with both chambers and the governorship.  Read more.........

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