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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Post-Election Clean-Up

Let's do some clean up, now that the smoke has cleared. The House, which was pretty much a foregone conclusion, went to dems. The Senate seems to hang on two races -- Montana and Virginia -- but Montana, though close, doesn't seem to be close enough for a recount and is likely to go to the Democrat John Tester.

That leaves it up to Virginia, with George Allen currently losing to Jim Webb. A recount seems almost certain there, but if there were any dirty tricks, Allen would lose votes in a recount. So, going by what it looks like now, it's Democratic House, Democratic Senate.

Loose ends from earlier posts:

- Santorum lost - woohoo! Don't let the door hit you in the ass, Rick.

- Katherine Harris will have to be crazier than an outhouse rat in the private sector.

- Michael J. Fox's ads paid off for Claire McCaskill -- Jim Talent's out.

- Allegations of wife beating did cost John Sweeney his New York seat, as I thought it might. This last minute scandal helped Kirsten Gillibrand take the seat.

- Wisconsin's Amendment to the state constitution went through, banning not only gay marriage, but civil unions and anything that so much as looks like marriage. On the bright side, dems took Wisconsin's State Senate, which may put a crimp in the process (I'll have to do a little research on that and get back to you). It did as poorly in Madison as I expected, with the vote going 2-1 against it, but that wasn't enough in the end. Unmarried people now ride in the back of the bus.

- The nation dodged a bullet when John Gard lost WI-8 to Steve Kagen. Gard's a partisan robot who would've been a presidential yes-man and a water carrier for the religious right. Trust me, you didn't want this nut.

- The lamentable J.B. Van Hollen won Wisconsin's Attorney General race -- that's gonna suck. This was my surprise race; I didn't see this coming at all.

- Senator-For-Life Herb Kohl continues to be Senator-For-Life. I was backing the Green, Rae Vogeler, but this was what everyone expected. Dem. Jim Doyle wins the Governorship.

- S. Dakota defeated the broad abortion ban.

If I left any loose ends, let me know.


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