Election Results Thread

In the results out of Kentucky -- with 2,307 (65.1%) of 3,543 precincts reporting -- the Democratic slate for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Steve Beshear and Dan Mongiardo, leads the Republican slate of Ernie Fletcher and Robbie Rudolph by a 60.5% to 39.5% margin according to unofficial results provided by the Kentucky State Board of Elections. More results as they come in...

Update [2007-11-6 19:2:45 by Todd Beeton]: From WaPo, here's a rundown of the 9 most competitive Virgina state senate seats. Democrats need a net gain (i.e. R seats switching to D) of 4 seats to win control of the senate. (* = incumbent.)

District 1: John C. Miller (D), Patricia B. "Tricia" Stall (R)

District 6: Ralph S. Northam (D), D. Nick Rerras* (R)

District 27: Donald C. Marro (I), Karen Schultz (D), Jill Holtzman Vogel (R)

District 29: Charles J. Colgan* (D), Robert Fitzsimmonds (R)

District 28: Albert Pollard (D), Richard Stuart (R)

District 33: Mark R. Herring* (D), Patricia B. Phillips (R)

District 34: Jeannemarie Devolites Davis* (R), J.C. "Chap" Petersen (D)

District 37: Ken, II Cuccinelli* (R), Janet S. Oleszek (D)

District 39: George L. Barker (D), J.K. "Jay" O'Brien, Jr.* (R)

Not Larry Sabato has called the District 34 race for "Chap" Peterson, defeating Rep. Tom Davis's wife. Per NLS, with that one under our belt, Democrats now just need to win 4 of the remaining 8 competitive races to win control of the senate; Republicans need to win 5 to retain it.

Update [2007-11-6 19:32:39 by Todd Beeton]: Virginia results are coming in HERE.

Update [2007-11-6 20:13:4 by Todd Beeton]: Winners of the VA state senate races in bold.

Update [2007-11-6 20:23:20 by Jonathan Singer]: The Kentucky Governor's race has been called for Steve Beshear. Now, onward and forward to take on Mitch McConnell! (Notice that the state Auditor's race has also been called for Democratic incumbent Crit Luallen...)

Update [2007-11-6 20:42:38 by Todd Beeton]: Great news for Democrats in Kentucky tonight. John Cheves at the Lexington Herald Leader has this great on the ground report (h/t Bluegrass Report):

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, just trotted through the press room with an ear-to-ear grin, saying hello to everyone, slapping backs and wishing folks a great evening.

The congressman bolted into a V.I.P. crowd faster than I could follow, but he's clearly enjoying Election Night 2007 more than he did Election Night 2003. That's when Ernie Fletcher clobbered him by a 10-point margin and became the first Republican governor in a generation.

Four years later, Chandler has Fletcher's old seat in the U.S. House representing Central Kentucky; he's in the majority party in Congress; and he belongs to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which decides federal spending. By contrast, the evening's election returns suggest Fletcher soon could be looking for work.

"I think we've brought the Democrats back home tonight," said Democratic State Auditor Crit Luallen, who is cruising to re-election tonight over Republican Linda Greenwell."

Update [2007-11-6 21:10:43 by Todd Beeton]:Not Larry Sabato is reporting that Democrats need just one more Virginia senate seat to take the majority. Right now they're at 20/40 with 3 races yet to be decided. The bolded names above are the winners. And check it out, the Democrat is currently ahead in all 3.

Update [2007-11-6 22:33:12 by Jerome Armstrong]: It all comes down to two seats for the senate control. The 37th and 39th districts. Dems have 20 seats, Repubs have 18; we need one of these seats for control of the state senate and fair redistricting for 2012.

I'm at elction central at Tyson's Corner, hopeful!

Update [2007-11-6 23:25:16 by Jerome Armstrong]: Barker's been declared the winner, Dems win the Senate in Virginia!

Tags: 2007, KY-Gov, VA (all tags)



Beashear win is victory for KEA-NEA

When Steve is sworn in, he'll have to thank teachers, and not just Bluegrass teachers. KEA asked for and got a statewide ground game from their national organization, the National Education Association. It wasn't just through their internal newsletter and their national magazine, although they did focus on Kentucky's race in both of them. But they also sent more than 100,000 mailers out, and put KEA's 33,000 members on the campaign trail, attending almost a dozen educator rallies and going to local meeting in 60 counties. This was a big goal for KEA-NEA, and when the dust settles, Kentuckians will likely have a pro-public schools governor, in part, because of it.

by BlueAhead 2007-11-06 01:28PM | 0 recs
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Let's hope that national Dems are ready to position the heck out of the Fletcher loss.

The GOP will spin this as voters kicking out one corrupt politician.  We need to make sure that the big story is the one that dominates - this was about Fletcher, but it was also about the culture of corruption in the Republican party, about voters being fed up with corporate interests, shams and scams of Republican leaders, and the need for a new direction.

Hopefully we'll have great results from the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to back us up.

by DC Mike 2007-11-06 01:45PM | 0 recs
good point

Also nice to know the anti-gay scaremongering didn't save the GOP from a landslide defeat in KY. What will their Hail Mary pass look like next election?

by desmoinesdem 2007-11-06 04:59PM | 0 recs
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The wedge issues don't seem to be working for Republicans because people have had it with them.  Their family values politicians turn out to be perverts -- their integrity becomes corruption and they have nothing to run on but fear and smear.  It has come out that Rumsfeld wrote memos to his staff everyday wanting them to come up with even more scenarios to scare people.  Now Kathleen Willey the 90's bimbo accuser of Bill Clinton just wrote a book in which she claims to believe that The Clintons killed her husband.  Everyday the Republicans become more like comicstrip characters and less like leaders of this nation.  

Because of Bush who has now officially taken Nixon's position as the lowest rated President and worst in history--Pakistan, a nation with Nukes is now in turmoil.  Bush's answer to Musharaf who has become a dictator in the last few days--He's hurting Democracy.  363 days till the next election.

by changingroom 2007-11-06 09:45PM | 0 recs
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You're making som every good points there. Very insightful analysis.

by spirowasright 2007-11-07 07:05AM | 0 recs
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Thanks -- Spiro was right -- the media are a bunch of Nattering Nabobs of Negativism.

by changingroom 2007-11-07 09:25AM | 0 recs

What about the State Senate? Are the voters taking out their anger only on Fletcher, or on other Republicans as well?

by niq 2007-11-06 01:59PM | 0 recs
legislature is up in 2008, not this year.

by johnny longtorso 2007-11-06 02:09PM | 0 recs
nuts. Beshear below 60%

I'm rooting for a 20-plus blowout.

by niq 2007-11-06 02:52PM | 0 recs
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Virginia looking good.  Just before 8pm EST, and NONE of the nine listed races lean Republican.

Of course, three of them have no results in yet at all, and the others have small percentages in, but it's certainly better to see 6D-3Tie-0R than any races breaking early for the Goopers.

I've got my fingers crossed.

by admiralnaismith 2007-11-06 02:58PM | 0 recs
Virginia early returns

1: Miller (D) up 24 votes with 24% reporting

  1. Northam (D) up 52.7-47.2 with 12% reporting
  2. Schultz (D) up  48.4-47.2 (120 votes) with 21% reporting
  3. Pollard (D) up 56-44 with 7% reporting
  4. Colgan (D) up  52.7-47.3 with  5% reporting
  5. no results
  6. Petersen (D) up big; this one's called
  7. no results
39 no results

That's a sweep so far, but no guarantees with tight races and few precincts reporting.

Man, I miss election nights.

Beshear back above 60%. Wahoo!

by niq 2007-11-06 03:02PM | 0 recs
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This means theres a chance we could take some southern states in 08, which proves that the pain of this rotten economy has blunted the differences between Dems and Repubs.

by changingroom 2007-11-06 09:48PM | 0 recs
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What will the Gay Power Effect be? I am dying to know.

by MNPundit 2007-11-06 03:13PM | 0 recs
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Huge election with redistricting looming down the road.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-06 03:21PM | 0 recs
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i'm more worried about the sec of state race which we aren't winning

by orin76 2007-11-06 03:24PM | 0 recs
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Wowee, Circuit Judge Kentucky 39th Circuit was decided by 11 votes out of over 8000.

by frankies 2007-11-06 03:33PM | 0 recs
Getting mighty close

Looks like 1, 6, 29, and 34 are shaping up nicely. The remaining precincts mean we might put 28 back into play, and it's too early to tell on 33, 37 and 39. 27 does appear to be gone, looking at the remaining votes.

by niq 2007-11-06 03:38PM | 0 recs
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looks like SurveyUSA is quite accurate...

by prisonbreak 2007-11-06 03:43PM | 0 recs
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Not Larry Sabato has 1 and 6 for the Ds. One more senate seat to go.

by niq 2007-11-06 04:06PM | 0 recs
John Miller a done deal

Chalk up another senate win here. Northam looking really good also, I believe he'll also win; and Devolites-Davis has already been called. Not looking good for Brenier, 1 precinct is out in Montgomery (which he won), and 5 are out in Roanoake County - those 5 remainings have to be Democratic-leaning or he's gone. I wouldn't completely call Schultz off just yet, Loudoun hasn't even begun to report yet, and she's performed much better than expected in heavily Republican Fauquier and Frederick (but theres still 4 precincts out in Frederick)... all depends on Loudoun. Pollard is still much too close to call. Olezek is too early to tell as is Barker.

A +3 so far, and 1 opportunity dead currently (Brenier), great job so far.

by KainIIIC 2007-11-06 04:14PM | 0 recs
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Pending what is hopefully a senate takeover...  I guess the immigration issue just isn't playing as well for Republicans as they might have thought...

I hope that remains the case... it is the one and only issue that they have...



by lordmikethegreat 2007-11-06 04:34PM | 0 recs
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Immigration was arguably the biggest issue in Prince William County... they've been late in reporting precincts so we'll see how much of an effect it has had here, but honestly, it doesnt look favorable but not as bad as hyped.

by KainIIIC 2007-11-06 04:39PM | 0 recs
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It would play well in SC, GA and AL where there are few Hispanic citizen voters. Not so here in VA..where when the GOP scapegoats Hispanics, blacks and Asians also turn on them.

by Boilermaker 2007-11-06 04:42PM | 0 recs
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Actually, from everything I've read, the African American community is just as hostile and irrational to the immigration issue as rich, white, males are...  I don't know the specific reasons why...

The illegal immigrant thing is a classic Republican scapegoat, predicated on emotion and fear and having nothing to do with reality....  It works for the short term... gay demonization helped them tremendously in 2004... but, in the long term, voters see the reality of the situation and have voters remorse... too late, of course...

I'm sure that will be the case with this immigration issue... but will it, also, be too late?



by lordmikethegreat 2007-11-06 06:09PM | 0 recs
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It basically has to do with working class people blaming immigration for dampening wages and employment prospects.

Mind you, it's not like there's zero truth to it, but it's an awfully convenient way to get a bunch of struggling minority groups fighting with each other.

by Steve M 2007-11-06 06:34PM | 0 recs
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I figured...  

That's the Republican plan... shrink the piece of the pie that ordinary Americans can get, and make them fight for it like dogs...



by lordmikethegreat 2007-11-06 08:45PM | 0 recs
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The Americans say they want to enforce immigration laws, but just look at Washington State. To raise taxes of fees you need to have a super majority according to a results of a referendum and this is among the most liberal states. Americans send two messages on illegal immigration and immigration in general on tuesday. First, in Virginia, it was and is a non issue. GOP lost. Second, in Washington State, they made clear that although they would like the states to enforce the laws, they dont want to pay for it!! Perhaps next time we should get enough signature to raise local sales taxes in PW county to pay for immigration enforcement. I will bet anything that it goes down to defeat. So much for American commitment to enforcing immigration laws...the dont want to pay for it!!

by Boilermaker 2007-11-07 02:53AM | 0 recs
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right now dems won 22 seats republicans 18

by orin76 2007-11-06 04:48PM | 0 recs
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Do you have any link?

by Boilermaker 2007-11-06 04:50PM | 0 recs
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The link is marked "HERE" in Todd's first update.  results for Districts 33, 37, & 39 are just starting to trickle in.

by NM Ward Chair 2007-11-06 04:57PM | 0 recs
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it keeps flipping up and back because some of the districts have low reporting

by orin76 2007-11-06 05:00PM | 0 recs
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Go Dems!

by agpc 2007-11-06 05:03PM | 0 recs
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RealClearPolitics Politics Nation Blog

By Reid Wilson
« IA Youth Turnout Gets Preview | Blog Home Page

November 06, 2007
Election Results
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA -- Sen. Barack Obama just wrapped up a town hall meeting, and now Politics Nation has to get on the road. Here's the last update we'll do for a little over an hour. Take-aways from this evening: It looks like Virginia Democrats are going to take the State Senate. The Democratic sweep in Kentucky wasn't complete, as Secretary of State Trey Grayson survives. And while the race has yet to be called, it looks like Haley Barbour will win handily in Mississippi.

Any big trends tonight? We'll take a look in the morning.

Kentucky Governor (Democratic Pickup)
Steve Beshear/Dan Mongiardo (D) -- 59%
Ernie Fletcher/Robbie Rudolph (R-inc) -- 41%
(100% reporting)

Kentucky Secretary Of State (Republican Hold)
Trey Grayson (R-inc) -- 57%
Bruce Hendrickson (D) -- 43%
(100% reporting)

Mississippi Governor
Haley Barbour (R-inc) -- 56%
John Arthur Eaves (D) -- 44%
(23% reporting as of 10:13pm)

Virginia State Senate
District 1 (Democratic Pickup)
John Miller (D) -- 51%
Tricia Stall (R) -- 49%
(100% reporting as of 9:53pm)

District 6 (Democratic Pickup)
Ralph Northam (D) -- 54%
Nick Rerras (R-inc) -- 46%
(98% reporting as of 10:14pm)

District 27 (Republican Open Seat)
Jill Holtzman Vogel (R) -- 50%
Karen Schultz (D) -- 45%
Donald Marro (I) -- 4%
(73% reporting as of 9:26pm)

District 34
Chap Petersen (D) -- 57%
Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-inc) -- 43%
(57% reporting at 10:15pm)

District 37
Janet Oleszek (D) -- 51%
Ken Cuccinelli (R-inc) -- 49%
(36% reporting at 10:15pm)

District 39
George Barker (D) -- 50%
Jay O'Brien (R-inc) -- 50%
(46% reporting at 10:16pm -- Barker leads by 150 votes out of about 16,000 cast)

New Jersey State Senate
District 1 (Democratic Pickup)
Jeff Van Drew (D) -- 56%
Nicholas Asselta (R-inc) -- 44%
(90% reporting as of 10:17pm)

District 2
Sonny McCullough (R-inc)
Jim Whelan (D)

District 12
Jennifer Beck (R) -- 54%
Ellen Karcher (D-inc) -- 46%
(80% reporting as of 10:18pm)

District 39
Gerald Cardinale (R-inc) -- 57%
Joe Ariyan (D) -- 43%
(20% reporting as of 9:28pm)

Ohio 05 Special Election
Bob Latta (R) -- 48%
Steve Buehrer (R) -- 39%
Mark Hollenbaugh (R) -- 6%
Fred Pieper (R) -- 5%
Mike Smitley (R) -- 3%
(5% reporting as of 10:20pm)

King County Prosecutor (Polls close at 11pm ET)
Dan Satterberg (R)
Bill Sherman (D)

King County Council District 6 (Polls close at 11pm ET)
Jane Hague (R-inc)
Richard Pope (D)

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by vermillion 2007-11-06 05:31PM | 0 recs
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VA 37 keeps flipping up and back

by orin76 2007-11-06 06:10PM | 0 recs
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Not Larry Sabato has called the elections for the Dems.

by Boilermaker 2007-11-06 06:28PM | 0 recs
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Sweet...nothing tasty than seeing republicans lose.

by Forward with Feingold 2007-11-06 06:33PM | 0 recs
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You got that right -- Nothing is sweeter than payback.

by changingroom 2007-11-06 09:54PM | 0 recs
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Seems like the night went very well overall.

by Socks The Cat 2007-11-06 06:36PM | 0 recs
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Awesome news out of VA

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-06 06:45PM | 0 recs
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Well, now we have WON the 5th District in Massachusetts, the Kentucky Governors race by a HUGE margin, and we won the state senate back in the great(an increasingly BLUE) state of Virginia after 12 years in the political wilderness!!

Looks like we are now going into 2008 with a strong upper hand as long as we do not screw it up....

by vermillion 2007-11-06 06:47PM | 0 recs
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Pry Defeat from the Jaws of Victory once more...such self defeating mindsets we all have.

by pierredude 2007-11-06 07:29PM | 0 recs
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The Repubs have the media and they are going to throw everything at our candidates but the kitchen sink.  But we must never take our eyes off the prize.  We are gonna win because its our time.  

by changingroom 2007-11-06 09:57PM | 0 recs
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Yeash, but Mushroomhead Davie Broder will try and spin it for the GOP--as will the rest of the press.
And the online little od lefties in tennis shoes will shrug it off and keep crying.
by spirowasright 2007-11-07 07:10AM | 0 recs
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Great job, Virginia!

by Oregonian 2007-11-06 07:04PM | 0 recs
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Awesome work by folks in Virginia!!!

Congrats people :)

by juls 2007-11-06 07:52PM | 0 recs
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God bless Jim Webb our new Senator from Va. and the rest of the Dems who won in Va.

by changingroom 2007-11-06 09:59PM | 0 recs
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Allow me to take one final swipe at the defeated GOP here in VA. I found this interesting link about George Allen...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0_8dnMIg 5I

And I will change the words of Bonnie Blue Flag into Blue Virginia...

They are a band of rednecks native to the soil,
Living of the fruits of the immigrants toil;
And when they threatened immigrant rights, they threatened to sue,
And the Old Dominion Voters turned Virginia Blue

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Virginia turned blue!
The racists in GOP had little or no clue!!

We owe the Virginia folks a debt of gratitude to put on this great show yesterday!!

by Boilermaker 2007-11-07 04:23AM | 0 recs


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