by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 09:46:05 AM EDT
First, among the McCain 49 Democrat seats, that won: Mike Ross AR-4, Gabrielle Giffords AZ-8, Ben Chandler KY-6, Collin Peterson MN-7, Mike McIntyre NC-7, Heath Shuler NC-11, Dan Boren OK-2, Jason Altmire PA-4, Tim Holden PA-17, Jim Matheson UT-2, Nick J. Rahall WV-3. That's it, only 11 out of 49 survived but you know those 11 can survive just about anything.
Most Ironic: Bill Owens holds on in NY-23 because Doug Hoffman pulls in 6 percent.
The Sarah Palin PAC went 18 out of 20 with her initial House 'targets'. Giffords and Rahall hold on.
California. Now just a simple majority state, Democrats are going to own how things are done. Burt not redistricting. Legalizing marijuana went down 53.7 to 46.3, which is convincing; in fact, it lost in all four states, only close in Arizona.
I've not drilled down to look at the fallout for re-districting, but rest assured that the Republicans dominate the playing field for gerry-mandering, especially since CA has unilaterally done away with gerry-mandering.
The race I'm most surprised by is Reid winning in Nevada. he won by 5.4% with the last 8 polls over the last three weeks showed Angle up, an average of 2.7%. Its pretty odd to see Senate polls off by over 8 percent-- how did that happen?
The Democrats did much better in the Senate than most, including myself, expected, limiting their losses to 6-7 seats. The House came in more than was the consensus, at about 65-67, but right where I thought it would be, and the Governor races the blowout that was expected in the polling. The landscape of Governors, and the result further down-ballot in the state legislatures, remains to be seen. I can't see getting to excited about the Democrats congressional chances of re-taking the majority in the upcoming election.
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