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GOP-ElephantEarly on, Tuesday night was victorious for the Republican Party no matter how varied the opinions are on what these results will mean going forward. But the surprise happened late when the voters in New York’s 23rd district rallied against the out-of-state spending and the late candidacy of Doug Hoffman, electing the moderate Democrat Bill Owens – the first Democrat elected in well over 100 years. As I mentioned in yesterday’s preview, the key message to the RNC going forward is to study every election closely, know the core issues for the electorate and nominate a candidate that can stimulate that desire. A straight ideological candidacy will not win in this day and age. Both parties have done too much to alienate middle America. So to win you have to be able to reach the coveted moderate and independent voters. That message won the Republicans two Governorships and lost them one Congressional seat.

Lets review last night’s major races: (more…)

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hangingchadThere are a few important elections happening on the east coast on Tuesday that may affect the outlook heading into next year’s midterms. The results from these election will likely frame the media debate for the next 12 months. Will the results show a quick turnaround in voter rebuke from the 2008 general elections? Will the Democrats hold strong in key states? And what role will the results have in 2010 nominations?

First off, the most attention is being given to a peculiar race in northern New York’s 23rd district. In a district that has been reliably Republican since the 19th century, far right Republicans have gone against their party and supported a third-party conservative candidate. The aftermath of this move will weigh heavily on the party next year. (more…)

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