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What Did We Learn Last Night in NY, NJ, and VA?

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 4th, 2009 8:30 AM |

Off year elections are always interesting in terms of getting a pulse on the American public. Yesterday’s elections, with the primary focus on the gubernatorial elections in VA and NJ, the mayoral race in NYC, and the Congressional race in upstate NY, strike me as having some similar themes. What were they?

1. A rising tide of discontent with incumbents.

I sense that not only in the NJ gubernatorial election but primarily in the mayoral race in NYC. Michael Bloomberg spent over $100 million, was estimated to hold close to a 20 point lead, and won by only 5 points.

I definitely sense this anti-incumbent discontent in Connecticut, as well. Both Senators Dodd and Lieberman are under real pressure.

2. An inability of the Obama administration to turn out the vote that brought him to Washington.¬† (more…)

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