Election Day

Happy election day! Are you voting? What's the buzz on the ground? What's the turnout like? Here is a round-up of the more high-profile races being decided today:

In Kentucky, the Ernie Fletcher/Steve Beshear showdown is finally upon us. Democratic challenger Beshear goes into election day with a double digit lead over the incumbent and as TPM alerts us, the GOP is getting desperate.

Just yesterday, in an effort to boost his prospects among conservative voters, Fletcher put up a display containing the Ten Commandments in the state Capitol Rotunda, and a robocall from Pat Boone is warning that Beshears will work for "every homosexual cause."

Now comes word of a second anti-Beshear robocall with an anti-gay-themed message. This one purports to be from an actual gay rights organization in Kentucky and touts Beshears' support for "the homosexual lobby." But the group, Fairness.org, denies any being responsible for the call. The Fletcher campaign also denies any involvement.

This sounds to me to be all very 2004. Does this shit still work? We'll get a sense today. Local blog Bluegrass Report doesn't think it will and predicts a 61%-39% Beshear blowout. Would love to see Kentuckians send such a loud and clear message today.

Religion is playing a part in the Mississippi gubernatorial race as well where Democratic challenger John Arthur Eaves, Jr. has tried to puncture the goodwill Barbour received as a result of his response to Hurricane Katrina by tying Barbour to corruption.

Barbour's opponent, Democratic trial lawyer John Arthur Eaves Jr., quoted Scripture when he accused the governor of being beholden to "moneychangers" such as big tobacco, oil and insurance companies through his old Washington lobbying firm.

Barbour responded in a recent debate by reciting a passage from the Book of Daniel in which a hand appears out of nowhere to write a message on the wall of the temple in Babylon. If another hand appeared and wrote out a denial of Eaves' allegations, Barbour said, "that wouldn't be good enough for my opponent."

Conventional wisdom has it that Barbour will skate to an easy re-election.

In Virginia, hundreds of local races are being decided, the most significant of which will be in the state senate where Democrats need a net gain of just 4 seats to win control. Marc Ambinder puts the Democrats' chances this way:

Democrats are poised to take control of the State Senate (unless immigration gets in their way, which is possible).

If immigration is going to be a thorn in the side of Democrats next year, Virginia may tell us today. WaPo has more on what voters will be deciding today:

Voters will signal what direction government should take on such high-profile issues as immigration policy, improving traffic and managing growth. Their choices will indicate whether they approve of a transportation plan devised last winter by Republican lawmakers that funnels hundreds of millions to Northern Virginia roads and transit system but imposes steep new fees on the state's worst drivers. And in races in which candidates have focused on immigration policy, they will indicate whether they want action on this emotional issue at the state and local level.

Polls in Virginia close at 7pm EST and as always, check out Raising Kaine for local coverage.

The AP has a rundown of some ballot measures that are being decided today as well:

Several states were voting on ballot measures, including a Utah proposal that would create the nation's first statewide school voucher program open to all families. If approved, the plan would grant $500 to $3,000, depending on income, for each child sent to private school. Unlike other voucher plans geared toward low-income students or those in failing schools, Utah's plan would be available to anyone, even affluent families in well-performing districts.

Oregon voters considered a measure to raise the cigarette tax by 84.5 cents a pack -- to $2.02 -- to fund health insurance for about 100,000 children now lacking coverage. Tobacco companies opposing the plan have outspent supporters by a 4-1 margin, contributing nearly $12 million.

New Jersey voters were deciding a referendum authorizing the state to borrow $450 million over 10 years to finance stem cell research. The Roman Catholic Church and anti-abortion groups opposed the measure, which was placed on the ballot by the Legislature with strong backing from Gov. Jon Corzine.

Check out Swing State Project for a more comprehensive list of races to watch and each state's poll closing times.

What races are you watching today?

Update [2007-11-6 12:50:48 by Todd Beeton]:Progressive Majority is doing some excellent and largely unheralded work at the local level around the country. Check out a rundown of all the great progressive candidates whose races will be decided today HERE.

Tags: election day, KY-Gov, MS-gov (all tags)

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8 Comments

only election in my neighborhood

is for the city council of my suburb. The hot issues include whether to put sidewalks on some of the streets, and whether to raise the speed limit on the main drag from 25 mph to 30 mph.

I look forward to getting the KY election results!

by desmoinesdem 2007-11-06 07:22AM | 0 recs
Re: only election in my neighborhood

From 25-30 mph?   I didn't even know that horse-drawn buggies could go that fast.

:)

by InigoMontoya 2007-11-06 07:43AM | 0 recs
it's meant to be an old-style main street

Pedestrian-friendly with homes and businesses close to one another.

The research supports lower speed limits in business districts--look it up at Smart Growth America's website.

by desmoinesdem 2007-11-06 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Election Day

Municipal elections are happening today here in Indiana.  Our Democratic mayor was narrowly trailing his Republican opponent in the most recent Indianapolis Star poll, despite raising $4 Million to the Republican's $300,000.

I'm kind of worried because the mayor went negative on the unknown Republican in the final few days.  You don't generally do that if you're terribly confident.  Pins and needles tonight.

by Vox Populi 2007-11-06 07:39AM | 0 recs
Shouldn't that old fuck Pat Boone be dead already?

Seriously.  Can't he just go the fuck away?  god, i hate him!

by jgarcia 2007-11-06 07:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Election Day
Sigh.  We have homes and businesses near each other.  It's just that the people living in the homes work elsewhere.   A little town called "Los Angeles."
Actually, I'm in Santa Monica, which is a small bit saner as far as land use, etc.
by InigoMontoya 2007-11-06 08:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Election Day

 This is from that "left wing media" giant the WaPo.

These are their picks for the Virginia Senate.  Lets look at Jill Holtzman Vogel.  I know she has been mentioned on this blog before, or another of the liberal(sane) blogs I read.  Highlight her name , and they show a bunch of articles about her.  I am including the endorsement link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2007/11/05/AR2007110501679. html

    and then to the article I find pretty funny, considering that they have endorsed a tax evader.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2007/11/05/AR2007110501679. html

 That WaPO editorial board has sure lowered their standards( or just validating Repug morals) as to what to look for in a candidate.  Those guys are very, very funny writers, or just a bunch of Repug   sickies!

by ocdemocrat 2007-11-06 10:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Election Day

Here in Utah we're about to reject the school-privatization ballot measure.  Eight million dollars had been spent on the campaign before the last week but Wal-Mart, other out of state Republican millionaires, and our own Mr. Byrne on the privatization side and by schoolteachers and parents on the public school side.  That's more than was spent on every election in the state combined in 2004.

We're also electing the great Ralph Becker as mayor in Salt Lake City and throwing out Republican mayor  Matt Godfrey in Ogden, our second city.

by Brian Watkins 2007-11-06 03:14PM | 0 recs

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