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The Fix's Election Recap

The Fix's Chris Cillizza was online earlier today to recap yesterday's election results and analyze what several big wins for Democrats mean for next year's elections.

Read the transcript of Chris's Web chat here.

And here is Chris's election piece from this morning's Post: "Corzine Defeats Forrester to Become N.J. Governor: Bloomberg Wins Easily; Texas Passes Gay-Marriage Ban."

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2005; 11:55 AM ET
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Of course Republicans will poo-poo this victory for the Dems as inconsequential. Personally, I don't know how much more of Bush's restoring integrity and honor to the Oval Office I can take. We're all wearing the blue dress now.

Posted by: KAS | November 10, 2005 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Of course Republicans will poo-poo this victory for the Dems as inconsequential. Personally, I don't know how much more of Bush's restoring integrity and honor to the Oval Office I can't take. We're all wearing the blue dress now.

Posted by: KAS | November 10, 2005 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Governor Kaine in Virginia. It appears that the citizens who previously voted Republican during the 2004 election for George Bush, voted against that same ticket this time around. So many seem to forget that ol' George appeared just before election day to give Kilgore a boost and energize his base in a state with a very strong Republican support mechanism. That was the same strategy that worked against Kerry. This time the voters decided to vote with their heads and not their emotions. This to me is the real difference in this election. Kaine connected with the needs of the citizens of the state with traffic congestion being at the top of the list for all of its citizens. It appears that the negative ads attack, a prime directive of the Rovish Republican strategy; backfired because a man, Governor elect Kaine, stayed the course and did not flinch when attacked but rather codified his principles in valuing life whether unborn or borned. It appears also, that former Governor Warner, delivered the bacon for the citizens of Virgina during his tenure,and his influence propelled a well campaigned strategy for the Virginia Democrats. Way to go Virginia Democrats. Let us hope the rest of nation and the DNC is watching closely. Duplication is vital when success is repeated.

For you Republicans and Democrats in denial, please review what happened in California. Arnold was beat back on all his proposals.

The Texan

Posted by: Talmadge | November 10, 2005 3:07 AM | Report abuse

William Stewart, don't be too smug about Democrat's elation over their victorious election day. Did Dems lose some? Sure. Did Republicans lose quite a bit more? You bet!

Dems have a reason to celebrate after some sizable losses last year. There was a wind behind the Democrats that wasn't behind the Republicans, and you know it. Your examples of Virginia LG and AG contradict your point that "Virginia is hardly a Republican stronghold", all the more reason that Democrats should celebrate at least the win of Tim Kaine for governor.

Posted by: Marve | November 9, 2005 3:15 PM | Report abuse

It is humorous how the Democrats are rejoicing over the victories in New Jersey's and Virginia's races for Governor. They bloviate how America has finally wised up to the Republicans and George Bush, but the fact is Democrats were already in control of the Governor's office in both states.

Democrats are so desperate these days that no gain seems to them like a great victory.

No matter what the Democrat's intone, Virginia is hardly a Republican stronghold. Of the last seven governors, five were Democratic.

Democrats fail to mention that while they retained the Governor's seat in Virginia, Republicans won the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General positions.

Not only did Democrats fail to gain seats, they completely lost the social war. Texans codified an amendment to their constitution banning same-sex marriage: 76% for and 24% against with 253 of 254 counties voting for. Ohio Republicans, despite a voter turnout just shy of 40%, soundly defeated four measures championed by the Democrats.

If this is a Democratic victory, I wish them more of the same.

"One more such victory and we are lost."
- Pyrrhus

http://www.williamstewart.org

Posted by: William Stewart | November 9, 2005 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It is humorous how the Democrats are rejoicing over the victories in New Jersey's and Virginia's races for Governor. They bloviate how America has finally wised up to the Republicans and George Bush, but the fact is Democrats were already in control of the Governor's office in both states.

Democrats are so desperate these days that no gain seems to them like a great victory.

No matter what the Democrat's intone, Virginia is hardly a Republican stronghold. Of the last seven governors, five were Democratic.

Democrats fail to mention that while they retained the Governor's seat in Virginia, Republicans won the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General positions.

Not only did Democrats fail to gain seats, they completely lost the social war. Texans codified an amendment to their constitution banning same-sex marriage: 76% for and 24% against with 253 of 254 counties voting for. Ohio Republicans, despite a voter turnout just shy of 40%, soundly defeated four measures championed by the Democrats.

If this is a Democratic victory, I wish them more of the same.

"One more such victory and we are lost."
- Pyrrhus

Posted by: William Stewart | November 9, 2005 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I'd definitely agree that Warner did a much better job on the stump this time around then he did in 2001. We got to see him down here in Southwest with Kaine-Byrne-Deeds, Boucher, Holton, and others. His time in our Governor's chair has definitely given the man the skills to make a very good run for higher office. And he's got a fan following amongst the citizens here that can't be matched by many politicians anywhere. Warner's Q&A on CSpan was also very down-to-earth and honest, a trait that people are really starting to identify with.

What I'm curious about is the lack of commentary on the losses by the extreme right: Marrs, Craddock, and Black, all upset by moderate Dems. Not to mention Golden (though his loss was a bit more expected). While Dems did loose Keister and Pollard's old seat, Dems net gained House seats in back to back elections; is this a trend?

Posted by: Toby | November 9, 2005 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Another sign of hope that you may have missed:
catering to the religious right doesn't always work.

Intelligent Design advocates took a hit in the Dover, Pa. school board election where 8 of the 9 Republican members who voted to have ID introduced in sciece curriculum were defeated in their bids for re-election.

Posted by: H.Paws1@verizon.net | November 9, 2005 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Election Night 2005 can be regarded as a promising beginning to a job that must be completed for the sake of the Republic. Dems must keep the pressure on so that they can regain control of both houses next time around...it is possible. The Bush Administration has proved that it is rotten at it's core and must be reduced in its influence and discarded as soon as possible. With Libby indicted, Rove on the way out, can Cheney be made to resign "for reasons of health?"

Posted by: Big Dave | November 9, 2005 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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