Making History in Today’s Elections

It’s going to be hard to make a case that today’s results are going to represent some sort of foreshadowing of what may happen in next year’s midterm elections.  But for the political junkie there are still some things to watch: Virginia:  As noted in last week’s post about Virgina, every gubernatorial winner since 1977 …

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Pennsylvania Gov. Election Headed in Uncharted Waters

The polls have made it clear that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is in serious trouble in his bid for re-election next year.  An incumbent governor going down to defeat is not exactly unusual in this country, but it certainly is in the Keystone State. But Corbett has not made things easy for himself, comparing same-sex …

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Virginia Governor Race Highlights 2013 Election Schedule

There is always the tendency to over-interpret election results, especially in a cycle where very little is at stake.  The few statewide races that appear on the ballot the year after a presidential contest – as is the case this year – get exaggerated coverage for that very reason. But sometimes the results are seen as …

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McAuliffe Ready to End Tradition in Virginia

This week’s Washington Post poll showing Terry McAuliffe with a 51-39 percent lead over Ken Cuccinelli for governor in Virginia is not just good news for the Democrats and bad for the Tea Party. It’s also about to end a streak that goes back to 1977. In every Virginia gubernatorial election these past 36 years, the winner has been from the party …

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Dem Unity Starts to Wither Over Obamacare ‘Glitches’

If there was one lesson learned that came out of the congressional battle over the shutdown, it was that Democrats were united and Republicans were not. We’ve already discussed the GOP divisions in detail.  Democrats, vulnerable or not, Red State or Blue State, all stuck together.  But now there may be some cracks. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a conservative …

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The Parallels, And Differences, Between Gingrich And Boehner

There haven’t been too many good days for John Boehner since the 2012 elections that kept him in the position as speaker of the House.  In fact, the headaches were evident last January, during the balloting for speaker itself.  Ten Republicans refused to vote for Boehner, who won a second term by only three votes.  He had more defections than Newt …

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