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Kaine reacts to two Democratic defeats

Anita Kumar

Tim Kaine, Virginia's governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, released a statement tonight reacting to Republican gubernatorial wins in both Virginia and New Jersey.

Kaine said that both Democratic hopefuls, Creigh Deeds and Jon Corzine, were strong candidates, but faced uphill battles. Both states tend to vote for the party that is not in power in the White House in their off-year gubernatorial elections. "It would have been historic if not unprecedented to win one or both of these races given historical trends,'' he said.

Kaine downplayed the notion that these races were a referendum on President Obama.
"These races turned on local and state issues and circumstances and on the candidates in each race - and despite what some will certainly claim - the results are not predictive of the future or reflective of the national mood or political environment,'' he said.

Kaine called the Democratic win in a special election for Congress in New York the "most consequential race of the night'' after the Republican dropped out and left a conservative to run as a third-party candidate.

"The Republican candidate, a moderate, was purged from the Republican Party by the most extreme elements of the conservative right wing including Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck,'' Kaine said. "This race turned out to be the worst of all possible worlds for Republicans as not only did the Democrat, Bill Owens, win a seat that Democrats have not held in more than 100 years, but what occurred in New York has exposed a war within the Republican Party that will not soon end...The all out war between Republicans and the far right wing is a disaster for the Republican Party and will dog it well after today."

By Anita Kumar  |  November 4, 2009; 12:24 AM ET
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I'm not sure I agree. Whereas it would be natural for a democratic candidate to try to play down the significance of this event, I feel that this was a significant victory for the republicans and does i fact signify a definite swing in opinion in Obama's independent base which was so crucial to his presidential election victory.
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Posted by: nicola_jameson | November 4, 2009 4:13 AM | Report abuse

Tim what about the 5 or so seats the GOP picke dup in the House? Seems like that is a message on YOUR absentee governing and sour mood overall. VA NY and NJ unseating every incumbent in state wide races.

Posted by: espnfan | November 4, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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