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Election Losers

Losers in Tuesday's elections (see the winners in a separate posting):

Michael Bloomberg- New York's mayor decides to test his appeal outside of New York by endorsing Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax) because of her support for gun control. But it doesn't appear as if Bloomberg changed many minds. Even worse, Bloomberg had contemplated an independent bid for the White House next year on a platform that includes more gun control. But Devolites Davis' loss demonstrates the issue may not rank high in voters' minds, even in increasingly liberal Northern Virginia.

The Family Foundation- With the retirement of Sen. H. Russell Potts (R-Winchester) and several other moderates, the Family Foundation's leaders were hopeful that more of the agenda of social conservatives would make it out of the Senate next year. But with an incoming Democratic majority, they will likely find it's going to be just as hard as ever to get legislation out of the Education and Health Committee.

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Ward L. Armstrong -- When he became House minority leader this spring, Armstrong (D-Henry) argued he could help the Democratic caucus pick up seats in rural parts of Virginia. Armstrong put a lot of money and time into House races downstate, but came up short. The Democrat's four-seat gain in the House came from victories in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, two areas where the party had already been making progress.

Donors to Rep. Thomas M. Davis III - Davis dumped more than $500,000 from his congressional account into his wife's losing Senate campaign.

Albert Pollard - With his loss to Richard Stuart, Pollard's status as a rising star within the Democratic Party may come to end.

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) - Democrats pick up four House seats this year. Since Howell became speaker in 2002, his party has lost a net of 11 House seats.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) - Now that Democrats will control both the governor's mansion and the state Senate, Kaine is promising he will now be able "to get things done." The pressure will be on Kaine to prove he can deliver. But the GOP-controlled House is making it clear they may not cooperate with the governor because they think he ran a negative campaign against their candidates.

Virginia political reporters - Slow vote counting in Fairfax and Loudoun counties leads to a long, hectic election night.

Can you think of any more election losers? Add your suggestions below.

By Steve Fehr  |  November 9, 2007; 12:54 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Winners and Losers  
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