Northam wins LG nod I have to say that I’m surprised that my Senator pulled it off. (I’m anxious to get inside the numbers but that will have to wait until I have more time.) Perhaps it was the blowback from the Chopra ads or perhaps it was the Washington Post endorsement but something propelled this poorly run campaign to victory. Talk about disappointed! Everywhere I went, folks were complaining about it. Amateur hour is over, Ralph. You’re in the big leagues now. Time to get some new blood on the staff – and stop listening to those who haven’t a clue.
Herring wins AG nod This was not a surprise to me. I thought it would be close – and it was. I saw Justin Fairfax speak twice, once in March and again last week. The difference was striking. Given more time – and money – Fairfax would have pulled this off.
Winning in November For what it’s worth, if Democrats run solely on social issues in November, I think they lose. 2009 should be instructive. So-called “kitchen table” issues are a lot more important to the larger pool of voters that will show up.
Senate seats Should Northam and Herring be successful in November, there will be two Senate seats up for grabs. I’ve heard a lot of hand-wringing going on over this. Yes, hanging on to the seats will be tough. Both District 33 and District 6 are Obama/Kaine/McDonnell/Bolling/Cuccinelli districts (although Bolling tied in with Wagner in 6, located close to her hometown). I can’t speak to those jockeying for a possible run in Herring’s district, but in the 6th, we’ve got good candidates.
85th House I don’t live anywhere near the 85th but this was a nasty, nasty race. Can y’all clean it up for the fall?
Norfolk What can I say? I was proud of Norfolk Tuesday. Not only was the turnout percentage about three times that of the statewide turnout, but they actually – finally – held an elected official accountable, with the defeat in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s race. Now Norfolk, let’s not forget that come November, OK?
Finally, my congratulations to all of those who were successful yesterday. And my thanks to all of the candidates who put themselves out there. Our system only works when people are willing to run.
Almost forgot: the maps above are from VPAP, who did an awesome job of providing election results, so much so that we crashed their servers last night π More awesomeness is coming from VPAP soon. In an email yesterday, they announced that starting tomorrow, VaNews, their clipping service, “will also include relevant commentary pieces from the print edition published by the state’s major dailies.”Β That means you might just see my newspaper column in there, after a two-year hiatus. Probably a good time to subscribe π