If you're looking for some serious election-night analysis, head over to Chris Cillizza's spot. The flash summary is that the Republican won in Virginia and New Jersey, and the Democrat won -- for the first time since the 19th Century -- in New York.
If you're looking for national trends, Virginia and New York are your best bets. In Virginia, a relatively conservative state that nevertheless backed Obama in 2008 went for the Republican candidate for governor. In New York, a legendarily Republican district that had seen conservative insurgents force a moderate Republican out of the race went for the Democrat.
So pick your interpretation: Does Virginia show that Democrats will be swept out of office? Does New York show that a conservative crack-up is going to alienate moderates and independents and give Democrats pick-up opportunities they never dreamed of? Or do these elections simply show the outcomes of trends, candidates, and conditions in two states and one district? You can guess where I come down.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber.
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