12 a.m.: Alaska and Hawaii; Winners: Mark Kirk, Kristi Noem; Update: Rossi trails by one; Breaking: Fox calls Nevada for Reid; Update: Write-in still leading in Alaska with more than 50% in; Update: Hand count coming in Alaska?

posted at 12:00 am on November 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

Nice and simple for our last hourly update of the night. Republican Charles Djou’s going to try to hold onto the House seat in Hawaii that he won in a special election earlier this year. As for Alaska, you know all about it: Daddy’s little senator isn’t going to let go of her throne until voters pry it out of her hands. Put on some coffee and watch the returns; if Miller pulls it out, the schadenfreude will keep you wired tomorrow all day.

I don’t mean to start Wednesday morning off on a bad note, but as of right now, Ken Buck’s three points down in Colorado with 50 percent reporting. And in the big one in Nevada, with 57 percent in: Reid 52, Angle 44. The melting bunny is on standby.

Update: Here’s the county map in Nevada. The rural counties are Angle strongholds and they have yet to report, so the race will tighten. Will it tighten enough to erase an eight-point lead is another question.

Update: Another downer: Alas, poor potheads, Prop 19 is going up in smoke. Truly a banner night for Californians.

Update: Hallelujah — at last, Illinois is called for Mark Kirk over mob banker Whatsisname. The One’s Senate seat is back in Republican hands.

Update: The other Reid on the ballot this year in Nevada is officially toast.

Update: I’ve got a special sugary treat for everyone who’s stayed up late with us tonight. Read this. Note the bit about indies especially.

Update: The polls in Washington state were dead-on thus far. With 60 percent reporting, Dino Rossi is within 1.2 points of Patty Murray. The difference at the moment is 16,000 votes.

Update: Another nailbiter in Colorado: After trailing by three, Buck is now within one with 67 percent reporting. Even better, 71 percent of Denver’s Democratic county has reported while plenty of rural red ones are just coming in.

Update: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: Fox News says Dingy Harry has pulled it out. Between this and the landslide in Delaware, one of the subplots to the GOP victory narrative tomorrow will be the need for greater quality control among Republican candidates, whether tea-party or establishment. Anyone not think Marco Rubio, say, would have utterly destroyed this tool? Six more years of this crap now.

The silver lining? He’s a terrible majority leader, and we are after all stuck with a Democratic majority for another two years. He’ll probably do less damage than Schumer or Durbin would. But that’s the best spin I can put on it. It’s bitterly disappointing.


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Update: As expected, Buck is surging as rural Colorado reports. He’s now up two points on Bennet with 48 percent in. Something to ease the pain of Reid’s win — a little.

Update: A big upset in NY-13 as Michael Grimm bumps off Mike McMahon. That almost makes up for the 28-point losses in both Senate races and the gubernatorial race.

Update: As if Reid’s win wasn’t sour enough, John Kerry’s just chimed in.

Update: The red wave in the House carries “the next Sarah Palin,” a.k.a. Kristi Noem, to victory over Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin in South Dakota.

Update: By the way, we haven’t had a snapshot of total House gains in hours. In case you’re wondering, according to the NYT, the GOP now stands at +56 — a few seats more than in 1994.

Update: Alaska results are finally coming in at the Anchorage Daily News. With roughly one-quarter of precincts reporting, the write-in candidate is ahead by a few thousand votes.

Update: The One has begun his nightly round of concession calls. Fantastically entertaining press conference at 1 p.m. tomorrow!

Update: Some people on Twitter are clinging to the desperate hope that “write-in votes” includes Murkowski plus a whole bunch of those people who signed up at the eleventh hour to make things harder for her by putting themselves on the write-in list. Really? Who’s voting for those people, exactly? Anyone who goes in there hating Murkowski is apt to vote for Miller, not another write-in. You might get a few gag votes for the other candidates, but I’m sure 99.9 percent of the write-ins are for princess.

Update: Loretta Sanchez was a heavy favorite over Van Tran, but early on she’s up by just a point. I’m hearing on Twitter too that Oberstar might be ready to tumble, but the race hasn’t been officially called yet.

Update: Geraghty looks for lessons:

I ended up loving the tenaciousness of Linda McMahon’s campaign, but her WWE past was less than ideal for a run against a state attorney general. Sharron Angle’s flaws? We can discuss them more later, but we all know they’re there. Ditto Christine O’Donnell. Dan Maes. Carl Paladino. A lot of key races ended up with candidates who were… let’s just say easily painted as out of the mainstream. The margin for error, even in a big GOP year, may have been smaller than primary voters expected.

It is a great night for Republicans. But it was an enormous opportunity; many candidates took advantage of it, but a few saw it slip through their fingers.

Update: With 224 of 438 precincts reporting, the ADN still has “write-in votes” by almost five points. I assume that the cities are reporting first and that rural areas will come later, which means things should tighten. I hope.

Update: The ADN is now reporting that Miller’s lawyer, Thomas Van Flein (who’s also Palin’s lawyer), is saying, “There will be no clear winner (tonight) and it looks like there will have to be a handcount.” Which is another way of saying that he expects the write-in votes either to win outright or to be close enough that a Miller win tonight will be challenged. (In fact, another ADN report notes that Miller, while not conceding anything, has sent his supporters home.) How long is a handcount going to take? This long:

The Division of Elections has sent out more than 42,000 absentee ballots. The first batch of those, as well as questioned ballots, will be counted Nov. 9. Some absentee ballots mailed back from overseas won’t be counted until Nov. 17.

If there are enough write-in ballots the issue will come up of how many wrote in Murkowski’s name, and did so properly enough to count. Alaska’s computerized voting system shows how many voters filled in the oval for a write-in candidate but not the actual name the voter wrote in. The write-in ballots are only opened to look at the name if there are more of them than votes for the leading candidate, or if the number of write-in ballots is within .5 percent of the frontrunner.

That count would begin Nov. 18 and be expected to last three days. The campaigns have been getting ready for the court challenges over “voter intent” that would be expected to follow. Minor misspellings are probably OK but simply writing “Lisa M,” for example, could be a problem.

Update: A slight narrowing now in Alaska as more precincts come in. Write-in leads by three and a half points with 256 of 438 precincts reporting. Get ready for “Hanging Chads II: Handwriting Edition” coming soon to Anchorage as every last write-in ballot is scrutinized for clear voter intent.

Update: A good point from a reader via e-mail: Miller can probably expect military ballots from overseas to break heavily in his favor given his West Point/Bronze Star pedigree. Even if he ends the night a bit behind, he’s in good shape to make up votes two weeks from now.

Update: New numbers from Alaska as we roll on towards 3 a.m.: With almost 70 percent reporting, “write-in votes” is still hanging onto a four-point lead.

Update: A simply brutal data point from Byron York. Here’s how weak a candidate Sharron Angle was:

The stat of the night, from exit polls: Of those who voted in NV, 55% disapproved of Reid’s job performance, 44% approved. And Reid won.

Update: Joe Miller tells NRO that he’s not waiting up for the results in Alaska and is going to hit the sack. I’ll take that as my cue to follow suit. The newest numbers: With almost 75 percent in, “write-in votes” is still up by four. Whatever happens in the next few hours, the result will obviously be close enough to warrant a replay of Florida 2000 or Minnesota 2008, so nothing’s getting decided tonight up there. For that matter, it looks like nothing’s getting decided in Washington and Colorado either: Rossi is still trailing Murray by a point with 62 percent reporting and Ken Buck leads Michael Bennet by less than half a point with 73 percent in. Absentees may well end up deciding those too.

As of 3:20 ET, the NYT’s House tracker has the GOP at +59 with more than 20 House races still to be called. Odds are fair that they’ll break 70 or get awfully close; if you’re pulling the all-nighter, keep watching that page.


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For the House, that is.

For the senate its two wins to no losses so far.

theflyonthewall on November 3, 2010 at 4:44 AM

Note that while the House Dems got slapped down, they still have more seats than the Republicans won in 2008.

disa on November 3, 2010 at 4:50 AM

Every ballot should be challenged.

People have bad handwriting. If it’s not clear, the ballot goes in the garbage.

The GOP laid down and allowed Al Franken to take his seat. That should never happen again.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2010 at 4:52 AM

Cravaack(R): 131,668
Oberstar(D): 127,491

98% Reporting. 5,200 left to count 48/47 remaining split right now – should go Cravaack.

Odie1941 on November 3, 2010 at 4:44 AM

AP has called it for Cravaak!

2ipa on November 3, 2010 at 4:58 AM

The Left side of the country is just freaking nuts. If they send back the write-in why the heck didn’t they just make her the candidate instead of miller. what a waste of time…

Sultry Beauty on November 3, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Who’s the Gov in FL?

LurkerDood on November 3, 2010 at 5:18 AM

For people who are a little disappointed the R’s didn’t capture the senate:

read this
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/11/03/the-tsunami/

B Man on November 3, 2010 at 5:38 AM

“There’s no one in the place, except you and me….”
What a nice time to tune back in with Cravaak winning.
Now for a little debriefing note:
The Tea Party is a big winner today, but the weanies on the right will be trying to chip away at the truths we have witnessed.
1. Principled candidates promoting the Constitution and free market capitalism are preferable to Democrat-lite candidates. A clear choice is better than a muddy one, especially since “moderates” compromise a cohesive and unified elected opposition in the Senate and the House.
2. Senate races in states that are ideologically and financially invested in and organized by the Democrat Party will be hard to win. They will be harder to win without a full court press by the Republican Senate and establishment apparatus.
3. The Tea Party has demonstrated its local strength. It has developed a farm team system that will yield and field even stronger candidates in the important elections to come.
4. Listen to Rush Limbaugh, and ignore the conservative “effetes”.

“And I won’t back down.”
Randy

williars on November 3, 2010 at 5:45 AM

Very disappointing losses in Hawaii. :(

There were a few painful losses for the rest of the country as well, but overall some very heartening wins. Congratulations to the winning GOP campaigns.

Let’s hope with control of the House we see some roll back from the direction the Dems have been taking us.

Fornax on November 3, 2010 at 5:57 AM

Winning the Senate was a fond hope, but as we saw, “winning” meant different things to the “grassroots” than it did to the Republican establishment. As Erickson at RedState correctly observes, our principled opposition now has a firm presence at the local/state level. Things will only get better as the Republican Party is, um, reforged.
Randy

williars on November 3, 2010 at 5:58 AM

Looks like I picked the wrong week to be a “Recount Official”…

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Seven Percent Solution on November 3, 2010 at 6:05 AM

With almost 75 percent in, “write-in votes” is still up by four.

Unbelievable.

Stupidity x10, not only to vote for an opportunist hack but to bother writing its name in too? That takes a special kind of ignorance.

Minor misspellings are probably OK but simply writing “Lisa M,” for example, could be a problem.

Why do I get the feeling any scrap of paper featuring an ‘L’ or an ‘M’ will be counted as a vote for Murkowskafava?

mudskipper on November 3, 2010 at 6:06 AM

Why do I get the feeling any scrap of paper featuring an ‘L’ or an ‘M’ will be counted as a vote for Murkowskafava?

mudskipper on November 3, 2010 at 6:06 AM

One of the other write-ins is Lisa M. Lackey.

Wethal on November 3, 2010 at 6:10 AM

With almost 75 percent in, “write-in votes” is still up by four.

Unbelievable.

Stupidity x10, not only to vote for an opportunist hack but to bother writing its name in too? That takes a special kind of ignorance.

Minor misspellings are probably OK but simply writing “Lisa M,” for example, could be a problem.

Why do I get the feeling any scrap of paper featuring an ‘L’ or an ‘M’ will be counted as a vote for Murkowskafava?

mudskipper on November 3, 2010 at 6:06 AM

Chicago kicks it’t crime family to the curb , Alaska keeps it’s.

the_nile on November 3, 2010 at 6:13 AM

For people who are a little disappointed the R’s didn’t capture the senate:

read this
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/11/03/the-tsunami/

B Man on November 3, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Excellent piece that should illustrate an important point to the buffoons who think “Big Picture” is simple majorities in the Senate.

Let’s see, the GOP will control re-districting in:

Indiana
Michigan
Ohio
Wisconsin
Pennsylvania
and North Carolina

Wonder which Dems are going to be re-disticted out in 2012.

Mike Castle, the people Angle beat in the Nevada primaries, all that crap isn’t so big picture, now is it?

The power to wipe out entire Dem districts is the very definition of Big Picture, Folks.

Got a feeling this is just the beginning in the Midwest, too.

Penn., Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana will all have seats in play in 2012, and all I see there right now is One retain and four pick ups.

Like our chances to flip seats in Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Missou, Virginia and Florida too.

10 seats right there.

Big Picture.

The days of playing single election politics is over.

From now on, it’s all about the Big Picture.

Boo-hoo, we didn’t take control of the Senate.

That’s not our problem, that’s actually the Dems problem now.

In 1994, we took Congress and gave Clinton something to run against, rather than forcing him to run on his lackluster record.

Obama’s going to head into 2012 having nothing to run on but his record and that record, thus far, is FAIL.

Also helps to have Harry Reid and a Dem Senate around to keep people angry and drive them to the polls yet again in massive numbers in 2012.

Big Picture.

SuperCool on November 3, 2010 at 6:14 AM

Ugh I wake up to see that wicked hag in Alaska possibly going back to Washington. Look Alaska, I don’t know what your deal is, but if it’s more pork, FORGET IT you money grubbing bumbs, you have what you need to be a self sufficient state.

Reid still in there is like salt in my eyes, but I could deal with him now that he is weakened. Still, God bless Angle, but she will have to be a sacrificial lamb for the Republicans to learn to field more conservative candidates in the first place, but ones with the spit and polish to win. Not sure what was wrong with Tarkanian though, but whatever.

Sucks not to have Raese in there, he is super conservative and West Virginians would probably grow quite fond of him.

On a brighter side, Buck looks like he’s going to win in Colorado so score another one for the Tea Party in the Senate, and Republicans cleaned house on the state and local levels which whill make redistricting quite fun.

My home state of CT doubled down on Obama it seems, it’s a pool of blue. Help me, someone, get me out of here!

Daemonocracy on November 3, 2010 at 6:15 AM

SuperCool on November 3, 2010 at 6:14 AM

When you think about where the republicans were after 2006 AND 2008, what they did last night is amazing.

Yeah it sucks Reid won. That really shocked me.
But, what’s really something is how close Fiorina came in Ca and Rossi/Murray is TIED 50-50 with 60% counted.
THAT is amazing for Wa st. Murray won by 13% 6 years ago.

The democratic party must be looking at Obama right now wanting to take him down. What they had just 2 years ago, and what happened to them last night is really amazing.

You can’t win them all, (Especially in Ca and WA) but what the r’s did was pretty damn amazing, and to think just 2 years ago, dems said they’d have control again for 40 years.

B Man on November 3, 2010 at 6:21 AM

We took the old Obama seat, though, and that one was personally satisfying.

disa on November 3, 2010 at 6:24 AM

So how many write-in’s for “THE B*TCH” counted in Moron Murt’s favor?

pilamaye on November 3, 2010 at 6:24 AM

I’m praying that there are a lot of mixed-bag write-ins. It’s foolish, I know. But I want another scalp!

disa on November 3, 2010 at 6:31 AM

Disappointed in some state’s judgements. Bring on 2012 to take the head off this beast. Silver lining may be the dem senate for a GOP prez.

ExPat on November 3, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Might not be bad to have Reid around as the face and voice of the Democrat controlled Senate!

JellyToast on November 3, 2010 at 6:36 AM

good morning HA crew!

dang it about reid…but agree with allah, if they have the senate might as well keep harry’the war is lost’reid at the helm it will be that much sweeter when we take control in 2012…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Overall, a fantastic night! I wish I could have stayed up and partied with y’all! What’s up with having to work for a living? I thought Obama was going to pay my mortgage and put gas in my car?

TXMomof3 on November 3, 2010 at 6:44 AM

Might not be bad to have Reid around as the face and voice of the Democrat controlled Senate!

JellyToast on November 3, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Hey JT, we swept PA, Good Job!

hawkdriver on November 3, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Crist’s loss help ease the pain of Reid’s win. I’m just wondering if Crist will still show up at the Senate anyway, sitting in the gallery or just walking the halls looking for a job or something. He reminds me of something that just won’t flush.

JellyToast on November 3, 2010 at 6:48 AM

H

ey JT, we swept PA, Good Job!

hawkdriver on November 3, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Yeah! Good news there. That means gas and oil will thrive in PA now! Won’t have the Democrats around to strangle it with taxes and regulations so, PA’s economy should pick up! Especially our area! I struggled with having to vote for 2 Pubs I wasn’t happy with. Dave Hoffman is just plain creepy but I looked at the larger picture. I had to force myself to push the Republican button on that.
Well, I’m off to work! Have a great day all. I’ll be newsless until around 3:30!:(

JellyToast on November 3, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Yeah everything isn’t the perfect wave but so many good stories. West, Rubio, Johnson, Toomey, Duffy, Noem, add yours here, there’s hundreds!
You got a problem with this?

Here it is in a nutshell: Former Navy Pilot upsets 18 term porkmeister in MN 08. Chip Cravaak beats Ober$tar. This is the Minnesota Range, people! Or, look at the Wisconsin Wipeout!

We stopped the Ogabi agenda in one election, and are going to be well positioned for the next.

All we need to do is work our a$$es off, again in two years. Pretty cheap to save the country, right?

2ipa on November 3, 2010 at 6:59 AM

There’s several silver linings to last night as well as lessons learned for 2012.

Loss to Reid is disappointing, but his power has been diluted.

The biggest shock and disappointment is California! Holy cow – along with Moonbeam and Senator Ma’am the measure to suspend climate change law fails!

What is WRONG with those people!?! They are talking (on Fox) about “will Obama have to consider BAIL OUT of California”? Lord.

tru2tx on November 3, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Ugh. Now we have Gov. Moombeam, Lt. Gov drug/alcohol/sex addict/screw my manager’s wife/greaseball and they passed measures allowing the state legislature to tax people to death. The state taxes, state sales tax, state fees, etc. are already the highest in the country.

Blake on November 3, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Damnit, another term of Loyd Doggett. I am tired of East Austin chosing my rep.

SnakeintheGrass on November 3, 2010 at 7:04 AM

tru2tx on November 3, 2010 at 7:02 AM

California consistantly votes for its economy. Let them have it.

No bailout.

hawkdriver on November 3, 2010 at 7:07 AM

The Democrats poured their money into the Senate races. I feel that they conceded the house many weeks ago. Nothing shows you better than the difference between PA’s two big races. Corbett won by a far margin for governor – 10 points, while Toomey barely scratched by with 3. Thats at least a 7 point difference that could be attributed to the feces-throwing by Sestak in the last two weeks. He ran ads linking Toomey to China, and a bunch of other nonsense while still having the money to run his own 1-2 minute personal ads.

I imagine they did this in every close senate race. While Democrats can celebrate barely holding on to the Senate, we can say – they still own this economy. 24 months from now, if it still sucks – they are getting kicked in the nuts again. If it gets better, then we know what changed and will keep it going. Its a no lose situation for Republicans now.

tflst5 on November 3, 2010 at 7:07 AM

We must have a deep bench in Maine as we flipped the state legislature there. That should help us in getting rid of the Maine sisters. With all the great congressional wins in NY, I hope we get a good chance in NY next time round.

promachus on November 3, 2010 at 7:10 AM

tflst5 on November 3, 2010 at 7:07 AM

This is the first sensible thing I have read about the senate losses. Bravo!

promachus on November 3, 2010 at 7:12 AM

Meg and Carly lost because pot was on the ballot.

Ronnie on November 3, 2010 at 7:13 AM

I mean record the victories here!! There are so many we all will not be able to process them all.

My example: Republicans have roared back from puny minorities to take control of both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature for the first time in 38 years.

Add your example here!

2ipa on November 3, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Look at the difference between Fiorina’s race and Whitman’s race.

Fiorina told conservatives they were welcome at her side by her warm welcome of Palin’s endorsement. Whitman told conservatives to go pound sand. Guess who ran a better race?

Alaska? I’m disappointed at Lisa’s success, but I’m not surprised. Joe ran an AWFUL general election campaign. He allowed the media and his opponents (in both parties) to kill him by a thousand cuts. This isn’t over, but Joe’s general campaign is textbook on how not to do it.

OVERALL, a historic night for Conservatives.

victor82 on November 3, 2010 at 7:17 AM

The Tea Party has learned much from this.
Please become involved. The Precinct Project

True_King on November 3, 2010 at 7:18 AM

The most important lesson is that we must take control at the local level.

True_King on November 3, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Look at the difference between Fiorina’s race and Whitman’s race.

Fiorina told conservatives they were welcome at her side by her warm welcome of Palin’s endorsement. Whitman told conservatives to go pound sand. Guess who ran a better race?
victor82 on November 3, 2010 at 7:17 AM

And yet, the candidate Palin endorsed in her own state is getting beat by a write-in?

Notorious GOP on November 3, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Well, the three Big Pork races didn’t go so well (WV, PA-12 and AK). Still not so great for Democrats though – especially WV. Manchin is going to have to vote conservative if he wants to get elected again in 2 years.

forest on November 3, 2010 at 7:23 AM

A simply brutal data point from Byron York. Here’s how weak a candidate Sharron Angle was:

The stat of the night, from exit polls: Of those who voted in NV, 55% disapproved of Reid’s job performance, 44% approved. And Reid won.

Machine. The corrupt little toad knew he had it in the bag. Neither of the the other two candidates would’ve beaten Reid either. Reagan wouldn’t have knocked him out of that seat. There are just too many states in which primarily union machines dominate politics. Otherwise the Dems would be the perpetual minority they naturally are.

ddrintn on November 3, 2010 at 7:23 AM

What is WRONG with those people!?! They are talking (on Fox) about “will Obama have to consider BAIL OUT of California”? Lord.

tru2tx on November 3, 2010 at 7:02 AM

He can ruminate all he wants, getting it past a hostile house is another thing. Matter of fact I hope he pushes for it and Harry Reid supports him, loudly.

Oldnuke on November 3, 2010 at 7:26 AM

And yet, the candidate Palin endorsed in her own state is getting beat by a write-in?

Notorious GOP on November 3, 2010 at 7:21 AM

The machine has much to lose if Lezzi loses

Machine. The corrupt little toad knew he had it in the bag. Neither of the the other two candidates would’ve beaten Reid either. Reagan wouldn’t have knocked him out of that seat. There are just too many states in which primarily union machines dominate politics. Otherwise the Dems would be the perpetual minority they naturally are.

ddrintn on November 3, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Yep, Nevada will be won as more people get involved at the local level. The local level really needs Tea Party reps. The Precinct Project

True_King on November 3, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Just an update: Checking the global news sites, the story is how Republicans delivered a trouncing to Obama and his party.

Even Harry Reid is talking about how Democrats must compromise now. Harry. Fricking. Reid.

We did well.

amerpundit on November 3, 2010 at 7:31 AM

I sense more californians will be migrating to the east…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 7:32 AM

I mean record the victories here!! There are so many we all will not be able to process them all.

My example: Republicans have roared back from puny minorities to take control of both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature for the first time in 38 years.

Add your example here!

2ipa on November 3, 2010 at 7:14 AM

This is so huge!

And I’m so tired :(

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Congratulations, y’all — a mighty fine night’s work.

Here in Kentucky, we have Rand Paul’s victory, although U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D) won reelection. The good news about Yarmuth is that he will now work in a Republican-controlled House.

I think it was Charles Krauthammer who said recently that if Republicans didn’t take the U.S. Senate, it wouldn’t be that bad, because Obama couldn’t spend the next two years blaming his failures on a U.S. Congress controlled completely by Republicans. I’m taking solace in that view.

KyMouse on November 3, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Has anyone talked about what happened in south Texas??? Solomon Ortiz, a 27 year dem incumbent, was sent packing by a local guy and our friend, Blake Farenthold. Not only that, but state dems were sent home, too. I know this is a traditionally red state, but south Texas has always been very blue. If this isn’t a referendum on Obama, I don’t know what is!

pullingmyhairout on November 3, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I sense more californians will be migrating to the east…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 7:32 AM

And voting for the same kind of people that ruined California.

Oldnuke on November 3, 2010 at 7:40 AM

it was a great night overall…dear leader will begin doubling down at his presser this pm

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 7:41 AM

And voting for the same kind of people that ruined California.

Oldnuke on November 3, 2010 at 7:40 AM

that’s my fear here in AZ…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 7:42 AM

I wonder if Obama will show artificial humility today or imply that the majority of the country is stupid. Either way, the man has never had to publicly eat crow. I think he’ll choke.

sherry on November 3, 2010 at 7:42 AM

I sense more californians will be migrating to the east…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 7:32 AM

The knuckleheads who want California to be the premier bastion of liberalism had better stay there and revel in their slop because I know the sane people of Texas, Oklahoma, basically the entire center/south of the country, do not want their lifestyle imposed on us.

When I lived in Seattle, there was a huge influx of CA libs (after the huge San Fran earthquake 1989) and Seattle/Western Washington turned into Los Angeles with bad weather.

tru2tx on November 3, 2010 at 7:43 AM

Update: A simply brutal data point from Byron York. Here’s how weak a candidate Sharron Angle was:

It is also a measure of the level of corruption in Nevada, and Alaska.

We have a real mess..Obama has not been stopped. We still have Obamacare, taxes are going up, Congress has been neutered, the Senate paralyzed. Obama doesn’t need congress any longer. Who’s gonna stop him now?

The leftist propaganda will get worse. Obama will continue to stir up chaos.

California? Well, when you turn off the water to your farmers in favor of a minnow, for political reasons, you’re in Zimbabwe/Uganda territory.

Skandia Recluse on November 3, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Might not be bad to have Reid around as the face and voice of the Democrat controlled Senate!

DITTO!The Big Picture is to make even bigger changes in 2012. Having Harry there likely helps.

humdinger on November 3, 2010 at 7:51 AM

that’s my fear here in AZ…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 7:42 AM

I live in Virginia 50 miles South of D.C. I see it every day. D.C. idiots moving down to escape high taxes and prices up North and then voting to raise taxes and driving the prices up here. In 20 short years we’ve gone from a sleepy little semi-rural community to a bustling bedroom metropolis with a Starbucks on every corner. We’re still fairly red but getting more blue with each transplant from the North.

Oldnuke on November 3, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Oldnuke on November 3, 2010 at 7:51 AM

yowser…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 7:53 AM

Oberstar falls. hehehehehehe, goodbye, Bike Path King.

My hangover is slightly helped by this.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 7:56 AM

one of the subplots to the GOP victory narrative tomorrow will be the need for greater quality control among Republican candidates, whether tea-party or establishment. Anyone not think Marco Rubio, say, would have utterly destroyed this tool?

To the establishment hacks that say we have to go with the Castles in order to win, I don’t buy it.

McMahon was fairly establishment and she lost in CT to a freaking liar. Fiorina has establishment cred and was polished and lost. There are just some places, whether deep blue or union-bought that are too far gone.

I liked Tark, but he couldn’t get any traction in the primaries; who’s to think he would have stood a chance in the general?

Firefly_76 on November 3, 2010 at 7:57 AM

My example: Republicans have roared back from puny minorities to take control of both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature for the first time in 38 years.
Add your example here!
2ipa on November 3, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Sweet Hibbety Jibbety! So if Crazy Man does steal the governor’s race, we have a block.

I might fire off a magazine into the air just to celebrate!

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 7:58 AM

And I’m so tired :(

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Tired isn’t the word for it and I have to go to work. I was sickened to wake up to find Joe Miller trailing the corrupt “write in candidate”. We can thank Mitch McConnell for that one for not stripping her of all posts. He wanted her to win and needs to be shown the door.

TxAnn56 on November 3, 2010 at 7:59 AM

All in all a good night for the GOP. IMO proved that the TP does best in the house races but in purple states cannot easily overcome the state residents desire for more centrist senate candidates.
Lots of good lessons learned as 2012 looms.

If Murkowski pulls off the unthinkable it will be a bitter pill.
Boehner’s speech was pretty good until he got all choked up talking about himself. Right idea about a subdued celebration with focus on “the people won”.
Results probably mean the Bush tax cuts get extended with exception of top two percent and some modification for small business owners.

Bradky on November 3, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Slaughter House Rules Won Re Election 84 years old – Ole Deem and Pass didn’t sacrifice anything but the Democrats sure paid for her haughtiness. Louise Slaughter the Poster Person for “Term Limits”

Louise Slaughter* Democrat 92,987 65.7%

Dr Evil on November 3, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Mika Lursowski is ahead by 13,000 with 91% reported. There are 42,000 absentee ballots not even opened! NONE of the writins have been opened and checked for names or spellings. If those absentees were sent in early Joe Miller may very well still win this but we wont know for weeks. Lots of military should go to Joe.

In my Iowa we kicked out three supreme court judges who found the right to gay marriage in IA constitution and the Repubs took control of the House and came within three in Senate Governor went GOP

TEANAMI!

dhunter on November 3, 2010 at 8:03 AM

Looks like quite a bit of voter fraud in Nevada.

tinkerthinker on November 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM

For all the fun and excitement we’ve had I’m still stunned and depresed that people could vote for a liar and judicial bully like Blumenthal, the man wih no plan Jerry Brown and the brothel keeper who caused the financial meltdown. Are people so wedded to a “D” that they are willing to keep voting for these crooks and liars?

Blindsummit on November 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM

On a scale of 1 to 10, a great 8.5
The Midwest becoming in play again is huge for 2012.
The below the radar victories at the state level are really big as others have said in terms of redistricting.
As far as my state, California simply has too many moochers and corrupt union employees. The good guys got into the low to mid forties, but thats were the top is, which sucks.
Whitman especially was an awful candidate.
Still a great night considering that unlike 1994, the Democrats were not surprised by the wave had time to gin up their vote- and still got shellacked.
P.S- Grayson was great but the old punk Oberstar losing- my favorite defeat.

jjshaka on November 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Results probably mean the Bush tax cuts get extended with exception of top two percent and some modification for small business owners.

Bradky on November 3, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Nah, I think they’ll get extended across the board. Any tax on business just gets passed down to the consumer anyway. Of course the democrat propagandists have done a masterful job of creating the impression that business is evil and the only reason people go into business is to steal from everyone else. So I’m sure the democrats will paint it as a necessary evil.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM

TxAnn56 on November 3, 2010 at 7:59 AM

I went to bed at 2:30 finally because I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

For this Minnesotan it was a pretty good night. We took control of both houses here which was an amazing huge upset. Oberstar is gone. US House is ours, more Senate seats, more governors for us. Our governor race (stupid Tom Horner) isn’t what I wanted but at least it went to recount and Emmer still has a shot.

All in all – I’m a lot happier than I was in 2008 that’s for sure.

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Sweet Hibbety Jibbety! So if Crazy Man does steal the governor’s race, we have a block.

I might fire off a magazine into the air just to celebrate!

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Makes you feel better doesn’t it? I know I feel a heck of a lot better!

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 8:10 AM

We must have a deep bench in Maine as we flipped the state legislature there. That should help us in getting rid of the Maine sisters. With all the great congressional wins in NY, I hope we get a good chance in NY next time round.

promachus on November 3, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Snowe already has a declared primary challenger, a state senator. Don’t know his creds, but if he’s conservative, it could get interesting. And could keep her voting with the GOP for the next two years.

Wethal on November 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Whitman especially was an awful candidate.

jjshaka on November 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM

I thought Whitman would have been great for CA. People have been trained to think that a candidate must have a silver tongue and promise the undeliverable. Whitman had a concrete plan to save CA but the moochers and unions were too many.

Unfortunately for the good people in CA, things will get worse. Brown started the decline during his first term and now I suppose he’ll be to see his handiwork come to fruitition.

The last thing that needs to happen is a bailout of CA with taxpayer money and hopefully with a GOP house we won’t see that. CA must correct itself.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Looks like quite a bit of voter fraud in Nevada.

tinkerthinker on November 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Lie, cheat and steal. The democrat motto.

If they told the truth they’d be run out of the country.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I guess those casino bosses did their jobs quite well…

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 8:19 AM

And, of course, voted for Fiorina and Whitman but it looks like my ballot didn’t matter.

Lourdes on November 3, 2010 at 3:26 AM

I voted for Brady, Kirk, Hayes. In the end it looks like only Kirk will have won.
Will the last conservative to leave Illinois please turn out the lights.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Darwin-
I thought she was a bad candidate in the sense that she needed to lay out a specific agenda because she was the underdog.
She had to give people a good reason to vote for her with very specific ideas.
Too fuzzy in California = default to the democrat.
Well, we’re screwed anyway since Sacramento can now tax us to death with a simple majority ( Prop 24)- the biggest disaster of the night.

jjshaka on November 3, 2010 at 8:22 AM

casino bosses must be happy…anyone going back to vegas anytime soon?

cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM

I am still mystified by the willful stupidity of the California electorate. Dig a moat and build a wall around the whole damn state!! What a bunch of chumps.

CantCureStupid on November 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM

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cmsinaz on November 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Well, we’re screwed anyway since Sacramento can now tax us to death with a simple majority ( Prop 24)- the biggest disaster of the night.

jjshaka on November 3, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Yeah, I don’t know quite what to say. The progressives have done a good job at dumbing down people and taking away any sense of responsibility. Add to that the massive corruption and it looks like California will go down the tubes. Higher taxes will just create less revenue and force business to move out of the state. It’s a no win situation. The democrats know that … which is why they’re counting on a federal bailout.

The GOP won’t do it, I hope. They’ll be demonized with teh standard “you hate the children” bit but the GOP didn’t create the situation, democrats did.

Good luck.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM

I have to say this:

Gretchen Carlson looks absolutely TASTY in that green dress this morning!

fossten on November 3, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Well I am amazed at the red sweeping our state & local races here in ND.
For the 1st time in a while our District 31 Senate & House Reps are now GOP.
I am extremely happy with this.
And looks like Berg slammed Pomeroy with 10% more votes.
Nice.

Badger40 on November 3, 2010 at 8:34 AM

With control of the House, we need to ensure that California does NOT get a bailout. And that is what they are angling for. They voted for stupidity, they must be forced to suffer for it.

NO BAILOUT for California!

SunSword on November 3, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Will the last conservative to leave Illinois please turn out the lights.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Sorry :( When I drive through next summer, I will give you a wave.
With all those big cities & a bunch of farmers who love their pork, it’s a hard deal to be stuck in a state so blue.

Badger40 on November 3, 2010 at 8:36 AM

I just listened to all of Rubio’s speech – that was amazing.

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Rand Paul: The will of the people is more apparently transmitted through the House – I want to caucus with a House/Senate Tea Party combo

fossten on November 3, 2010 at 8:38 AM

NO BAILOUT for California!

SunSword on November 3, 2010 at 8:35 AM

I sense this becoming a huge national issue in the near future. A winning issue for us.

Daemonocracy on November 3, 2010 at 8:38 AM

I have high standards and am disappointed. The issue for me was never the number of victories or winning back either House but how we confronted the Left and communicated our message. Victory and salvation for America follow from these skills (provided the candidate meets a certain standard). Conservatism, properly communicated, always wins. But we have fallen short for a generation, and fell short again. We have not learned how to talk back to the Left, or how to talk to America about the Left. We have not learned how to deal with the Leftist media (Michelle Bachman’s conversation with Chris Matthews last night proved that in a nutshell). This is a huge problem, the biggest as far as I’m concerned. We can’t win the minds of America, or elections, nor can we govern, until we learn.

rrpjr on November 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Illinois is lost. When you have a cesspit like Chicago putting their weight behind every election, it’s over before starting.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

We have not learned how to deal with the Leftist media (Michelle Bachman’s conversation with Chris Matthews last night proved that in a nutshell). This is a huge problem, the biggest as far as I’m concerned. We can’t win the minds of America, or elections, nor can we govern, until we learn.

rrpjr on November 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Who gives a crap about talking back to MSNBC. Only 8 people watch that network anyway.

Your ‘concern’ is noted.

fossten on November 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

NH Flipped red except for the governor. The executive council, state senate and house all have veto proof GOP majorities.

dogsoldier on November 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Looks like quite a bit of voter fraud in Nevada.

tinkerthinker on November 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM

The “house” always wins..

the_nile on November 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

We have not learned how to talk back to the Left, or how to talk to America about the Left. We have not learned how to deal with the Leftist media

rrpjr on November 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM

True. One of the first things the right should do is initiate a massive campaign to educate the public on the Constitution, and the problems big government has caused. Virtually every problem has it’s roots in government expansionism.

Educate. Make people aware of what the democrats have done over the years. Fight.

They do this and 2012 should be a cakewalk.

darwin on November 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Sorry, I’m a pretty darn happy Illinoisan today! Kirk got it, Brady is still in it, my House district looks like it jolly well might flip from blue to red, and for the first time in seven years, the House delegation we’re sending to DC outnumbers Dems 8 to 11! Wheeeeee! I truly hope Walsh can hang onto his 800 vote lead at the moment, it’s another House pick-up and I’m soooooo sick of Beano!

My state reps are tied at the moment, too, hopefully they can pull this off.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on November 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Well, we’re screwed anyway since Sacramento can now tax us to death with a simple majority ( Prop 24)- the biggest disaster of the night.

jjshaka on November 3, 2010 at 8:22 AM

THIS was on the Alabama ballot too…
Simple majority vs 2/3 vote to raise taxes. Pffft.

Do all these people goto the same “How to Tax” conferences, or does the lobby go around the country? Sounds like theres a story here somewhere.

orbitalair on November 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I don’t think there is any hope left of saving California from themselves. No telling how many illegals voted.

Sporty1946 on November 3, 2010 at 8:55 AM

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