Breaking: Sink concedes, GOP sweeps Florida; Update: Pickup in Maine with LePage win

posted at 11:28 am on November 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

After a closely-fought battle and a long night of counting, Alex Sink finally conceded the Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Rick Scott less than an hour ago.  The victory by Scott, a Tea Party favorite who beat a favored Republican, Bill McCollum, in the primary, clinches a sweep by the GOP of statewide offices and control of the legislature, painting Florida red:

Democrat Alex Sink succumbed to the math Wednesday morning, conceding Florida’s razor-thin gubernatorial contest to Republican Rick Scott are a nail-biting overnight drama that saw both candidates waiting for results to trickle in from South Florida.

“There is no path to victory for us,” Sink told a few dozen reporters gathered in a ballroom at the Tampa Marriott Waterside hotel. “Rick Scott will be the next governor of Florida.” …

Scott’s win gives the GOP unprecedented control in Tallahassee, thanks to big wins Tuesday. In the Legislature, Republicans were poised to grow their majorities from 26 seats to perhaps 28 in the 40-member Senate and 81 seats in the 120-member House.

“This is the best number for Republicans since Reconstruction,” said incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island.

Needless to say, this complicates the picture for any Democrat looking to win Florida in the presidential race in two years.   With a solid GOP grip on the state, Democrats will operate at a clear disadvantage in a state that flipped to Barack Obama in 2008.  Also, as the sleazy dealmaking that attempted to push Kendrick Meek out of the Senate race reverberates through the Sunshine State, it’s going to be doubly hard for Democrats, especially Obama, to have much credibility.

Scott and the Republicans have an opportunity to make Florida a “laboratory of democracy” on issues like school choice, health care reform, and government spending.  If they can deliver over the next two years, they have an excellent chance of convincing Floridians to keep the state red in the future.

Update: At the other end of the Atlantic Seaboard, Paul LePage wins the GOP’s 11th gubernatorial pickup in Maine (via Slublog):

The Bangor Daily News is projecting that Republican Paul LePage will be the next governor of Maine, holding a 7,500 vote lead over independent candidateEliot Cutler with just a few precincts yet to report in what turned out to be a nail-biting battle for the Blaine House.

Cutler called LePage to concede the race around 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Cutler Campaign Manager Ted O’Meara.

Cutler “congratulated him and wished him well,” said O’Meara, although noting the independent’s campaign would reserve the right to request a recount if there were any major changes in the official results, although he did not expect that to happen.

Still out: MN, OR, VT, CT, IL.  Republicans lead in three of the five.


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Thank God! My state is Red again! Now if we could just get rid of Palm Beach/Broward Counties we’d be home free.

Redneck Woman on November 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

We need to get out there and make the case for limited government and educate people about why it would work better for them than what they have now.

Lily on November 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM

And show how corrupt the unions are. As far as I’m concerned, public unions are Enemy #1.

RushBaby on November 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Asher on November 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM

thanks, I stand corrected.

belad on November 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Vermont is over. Dubie has conceded to Shumlin, we lost that one.

There is no hope for any state (short of a statewide lobotomy) that elects Leahy, Sanders and Dean

txdoc on November 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Umm, Don’t forget us Wisconsinites. We’ve gone all red as well.

WisRich on November 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM

We have a few years to retire yet but if WI turns things around we will consider coming back to retire. I am so happy that we went red. I know my relatives that are up there are estatic.

Brat4life on November 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Hope for the Atlantic.

—-

Two years ago, late at night on a lonely corner of my campus, I was talking to my friend about the end. He said it was just the beginning.

And it was.

Let’s get to work. Celebrate for one more day then buckle down and prepare for the left wing double down.

blatantblue on November 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Redneck Woman, don’t get rid of them. Teach them to reason so that they may see the error of their ways.

SilentWatcher on November 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM

That’s awesome she threw in the towel

I know nothing about her, just that she always looked constipated…. an apple a day, honey.

Anyone listening to Rush? He’s having a large time over last night….. laughed so hard I’m crying.

tru2tx on November 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

That race looks close enough that we might be in for a recount.

RushBaby on November 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM

It would help also, to have those ballots from the troops. But ILL knew that, didn’t they!

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Don’t be so bitter. We have elected a rising star in Scott Walker and turned Feingold to umemployed. Also we have the senate and the assembly. We started the R party and it came home last night. Thank goodness Wi needs consertatives.

Gracelynn on November 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

FLORIDA AND OHIO SOLID RED IN 2012! NOW THAT’S A SWEET SOUND.

Rovin on November 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Republican Governor in Michigan too. If that also flips red, looking good in 2012 for Sarahcuda.

odannyboy on November 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM
No, it doesn’t. Palin put a lot of stock in Ken Buck, Sharron Angle, John Raese and Christine O’Donnell, with the added bonus that Joe Miller may very well lose.

If this election has taught me anything, it’s that Palin can help, but she should not be nominated. Her political stock is dwindling. Look at how the Democrats swept Colorado, and it wasn’t even a contest in California.

KingGold on November 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I like Sarah, and I think she’d make a find president. However…if we look at the realities of things, her endorsements didn’t help these candidates much.

We did well last night, but not without the help of Independents, and those same independents voted against Palin and McCain.

A candidate that appeals to not only conservatives, and republicans is what’s needed, but they also need to attract those independents. Obama couldn’t have won without them, and I’m sure the Dems know this, and are now hatching their plans to win them back for 2012. We need to get, and stay 2 steps ahead, at least.

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

KingGold and capejasmine what have you two been smoking? Sarah Palin endorsed 12 Senate candidates 7 of whom won and she endorsed 34 candidates of the decided House seats 30 of whom won. and 9 still weren’t decided yet when I got this information from a link on the Drudge Report.

And you two think her endorsements aren’t worth anything. You two are priceless!!! Tokyo Rove disciples perhaps?

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Pray for us!

PrettyD_Vicious on November 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I do! I have a soft spot for California as I was born in San Diego. I lived in CA during the Reagan years and am sickened at what the despicable progressives have done to it. I wish only those who vote for the progressives were damaged by their policies. But that isn’t the case. That is why I don’t live in CA any longer. I abandoned it for a conservative Las Vegas and now have abandoned Nevada for Idaho. We have the luxury here of voting against a republican that votes for conservative principles 86% of the time in favor of an ex Navy SEAL who is a strict constitutionalists. I know, CA would love to have a state dominated by 86% voting conservatives. But my representative Mike Simpson voted for Bush’s bailout and I promised him in Oct2008 that I didn’t care how he voted the rest of his term, he would not get my vote in 2010. Luckily we had a candidate we could vote for in Brain Schad.

csdeven on November 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Palin should run the GOP. She could spend 4 or 8 years motivating, making big bucks for the party (and herself), making friends and rehabilitating her image.

Her tweaking the MSM for 8 years would be priceless!!!

barnone on November 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

It gets better. Looks like the GOP took the State House as well. Amazing.

Slublog on November 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Slu, what in your opinion does this do to the Maine Sisters’ Senate voting proclivities?

Patrick S on November 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Exactly. I said the same thing in a previous post on this thread. No, this is about getting the long knives out early and often for Palin.

KickandSwimMom on November 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Slu, what in your opinion does this do to the Maine Sisters’ Senate voting proclivities?
Patrick S on November 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Honestly, probably not a darn thing. I’m sure it will mean a primary challenge for Snowe, though.

Slublog on November 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM

And you two think her endorsements aren’t worth anything. You two are priceless!!! Tokyo Rove disciples perhaps?

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

“Tokyo Rove” wasn’t on any ballots, you pusillanimous troll. I supported a lot of Tea Party candidates, but the conservatives we supported Went. Down. In. FLAMES!

Karl Rove didn’t cause that. We didn’t have a united party, and got clobbered. We need the centrist wing of the party too, you know.

Of all the party battles in the primary, only Florida and Pennsylvania were forced on us. We started all the rest, and have only ourselves to blame.

Bury your head in the sand if you want. I’m far more interested in dethroning the Marxist in the White House.

KingGold on November 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

KingGold and capejasmine what have you two been smoking? Sarah Palin endorsed 12 Senate candidates 7 of whom won and she endorsed 34 candidates of the decided House seats 30 of whom won. and 9 still weren’t decided yet when I got this information from a link on the Drudge Report.
And you two think her endorsements aren’t worth anything. You two are priceless!!! Tokyo Rove disciples perhaps?
Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

They are Romneyites… Everyone they say Sarah lost is who we wanted too… Now that we know we can win we’ll prepare our candidates better. I’m glad we supported ODonnel over Castle. That was a principled win. Mo more RINOs!

CCRWM on November 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Where is Meghan McCain today?
ladyingray on November 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Hopefully FIRED!

Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease!

stvnscott on November 3, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Ohio, PA, Florida, very impressive.

MeatHeadinCA on November 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

I’m glad we supported ODonnel over Castle. That was a principled win. Mo more RINOs!

CCRWM on November 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Good for you. Talk about irony, as I was reading your post I was listening to Rush Limbaugh spend about three minutes defending Christine O’Donnell’s run and then congratulating Sarah Palin for endorsing what turned out to be so many winners for the Republican side.

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Is Sink a sourpuss or does she just take bad pictures?

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I’m glad we supported ODonnel over Castle. That was a principled win. Mo more RINOs!

CCRWM on November 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Good for you. Talk about irony, as I was reading your post I was listening to Rush Limbaugh spend about three minutes defending Christine O’Donnell’s run and then congratulating Sarah Palin for endorsing what turned out to be so many winners for the Republican side.

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

They are Romneyites… Everyone they say Sarah lost is who we wanted too… Now that we know we can win we’ll prepare our candidates better. I’m glad we supported ODonnel over Castle. That was a principled win. Mo more RINOs!

CCRWM

So how do your principles feel after getting their teeth kicked in by Coons? Are you happy now that outside of defunding some initiatives republicans can’t repeal anything or move their agenda forwarded since they don’t have the Senate? If established candidates who weren’t whack jobs were run in Nevada and Delaware and either WA or CO breaks to GOP they would have the senate under control as well.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM

So how do your principles feel after getting their teeth kicked in by Coons? Are you happy now that outside of defunding some initiatives republicans can’t repeal anything or move their agenda forwarded since they don’t have the Senate? If established candidates who weren’t whack jobs were run in Nevada and Delaware and either WA or CO breaks to GOP they would have the senate under control as well.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM

How about this. You want Repubs. Clone Liza Murklelurker and have her run in CO, WA, NV, DE and of course AK.

Then you can win the Senate… oh, good times.

BTW, good thing we ran some smart campaigns in CA… woooo big wins!!!

MeatHeadinCA on November 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Sorry for the double post(12:47 and 12:49) as it was a Fawlty mistake and only should have been one post.

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Is this true? Can’t find news about it

johnnydollar01 AP calls CT gov race for Foley.

LurkerDood on November 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM

I concur with CCRWM that losing with O’Donnell is better than winning with Castle. A race between Castle and Coons was a race between two democrats IMO. Castle was already committed to cap & trade – a huge agenda item for the democrats. Also, it was no doubt his last term and he could have done whatever the heck he wanted with no worries about re-election. He was not worth the chance.

KickandSwimMom on November 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I’m glad we supported ODonnel over Castle. That was a principled win. Mo more RINOs!

CCRWM on November 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Good for you. Talk about irony, as I was reading your post I was listening to Rush Limbaugh spend about three minutes defending Christine O’Donnell’s run and then congratulating Sarah Palin for endorsing what turned out to be so many winners for the Republican side.

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I think we can agree on one thing, Karl Rove is a deeply, deeply, deeply flawed Republican analyst.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

As good as the overall news is, Reid winning as well as Moocowski and Bennet hanging on just put a big downer on the results for me.

angryed on November 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

So looks like the country is now divided red/blue as follows:

West: Deep Blue
Mountain/SW: 1/2 Deep Blue, 1/2 Deep red
Midwest: Solid red
South: Reddest of red
NE: Deep Blue with a sprinkling of red

If this holds for 2012, Obama is a goner.

angryed on November 3, 2010 at 1:03 PM

How about this. You want Repubs. Clone Liza Murklelurker and have her run in CO, WA, NV, DE and of course AK.

Then you can win the Senate… oh, good times.

BTW, good thing we ran some smart campaigns in CA… woooo big wins!!!

MeatHeadinCA

So compare races where a republican had no business being close, like the california ones, to ones that would have been easy pickups?
Let me hip you to some actual knowledge. Without any general election ads, endorsements, or debates Castle would have finished 15 points better then O’donnell. Do you get that? The guy who was done by the republican primary, if nothing else changed, would have still been within 1 point of Coons. Does that give you an inkling on just how bad O’donnell was? That someone who wasn’t heard from during the general would have finished so much better?
And Angle. Come on! The second lowest approved person in the country and you lose against him? Thats like being on the bottom but screwing up sex. As long as you lie there and don’t move you should win.

Lets see if I get this right.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM

If they can deliver over the next two years, they have an excellent chance of convincing Floridians to keep the state red in the future.

that’s a dog whistle that means “Sarah Palin wins it.”

ted c on November 3, 2010 at 1:11 PM

So how do your principles feel after getting their teeth

kicked in by Coons? Are you happy now that outside of defunding some initiatives republicans can’t repeal anything or move their agenda forwarded since they don’t have the Senate? If established candidates who weren’t whack jobs were run in Nevada and Delaware and either WA or CO breaks to GOP they would have the senate under control as well.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM

For the 765,456th time….Castel would have voted WITH THE DEMOCRATS!

Why is it so hard for you people to understand this?

angryed on November 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Oh, I get it now. We fools mistook emergency actions Dear Leader would never ever ever have taken otherwise for a big gubmint agenda.

Rubes still don’t get it.

Relax, let it happen. Learn to appreciate Dear Leader.

Relax, relax…Learn to appreciate Dear Leader…

novaculus on November 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I concur with CCRWM that losing with O’Donnell is better than winning with Castle. A race between Castle and Coons was a race between two democrats IMO. Castle was already committed to cap & trade – a huge agenda item for the democrats. Also, it was no doubt his last term and he could have done whatever the heck he wanted with no worries about re-election. He was not worth the chance.

KickandSwimMom

Whom ever really thinks Castle was a dem either has an IQ below 20 or is incapable of forming their own thoughts.
Castle is an environmentalist. So his vote for cap-and-trade wasn’t surprising. Outside what was his liberal votes? TARp at the beginning. Thats it. And many a conservative was scared into it. Outside of that he voted conservative. So instead of getting a GOP vote that could be counted on 80% of the time we get a liberal vote for 100% of the time. Awesome trade. Oh and you now have to junk Chris Christie as well.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

For the 765,456th time….Castel would have voted WITH THE DEMOCRATS!

Why is it so hard for you people to understand this?

angryed

Fine. Show the history to prove that the majority of the time Castle cast liberal votes.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Mike Castle was not only a cap-&-trade fan, he was also a committed gun-grabber, rated F by NRA.

He was No Prize.

And I say that as someone who considered O’Donnell a lightweight.

P.M. on November 3, 2010 at 1:23 PM

The evening started pretty well for Democrats who voted for healthcare reform, with Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky handily winning reelection with 54.5 percent of the vote. Yarmuth’s seat was listed as “likely Democratic” in the Nov. 1 edition of The Cook Political Report, one of 77 “yes” vote seats in play Tuesday evening.

Things quickly went downhill from there.

Within hours, a dozen members had lost reelection, including four freshmen elected in the 2008 Democratic wave: Reps. Tom Perriello and Glenn Nye of Virgina and Suzanne Kosmas and Alan Grayson of Florida.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/127261-few-democrats-survive-vote-in-favor-of-health-reform

ted c on November 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Zaggs you have the brains God gave a bucket of rocks, you have no proof Castle could have won. He was defeated by what you claim is a flawed candidate. Get over it, there will be more Senate seats up for grabs in the next cycle. The wonderful moderates lost in California, so please tell us again how Castle would have strolled to victory!

Africanus on November 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Thank you my fellow Ohioans!!!!

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

The simple fact is that you don’t get to will them all. Some parts of this country are too liberal. The unions have too strong a hold. Sometimes our candidates aren’t perfect.

We did really well last night and now we have to possibility of building on that.

And, we’re not going to be doing that with moderates.

trigon on November 3, 2010 at 1:59 PM

will >>> *win*

Please get us an edit function.

trigon on November 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM

So instead of getting a GOP vote that could be counted on 80% of the time we get a liberal vote for 100% of the time. Awesome trade. Oh and you now have to junk Chris Christie as well.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

You are incorrect in your figures. According to National Review, Castle’s voting record shows he only voted with conservatives 52% of the time. I’ll say it again, brainless as you say I am, he is effectively a democrat.

I also have concerns about Christie. He has been very coy about some of his positions. However, should he entertain a future run at national office, those postions will be flushed out.

KickandSwimMom on November 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

So instead of getting a GOP vote that could be counted on 80% of the time we get a liberal vote for 100% of the time. Awesome trade. Oh and you now have to junk Chris Christie as well.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

You are incorrect in your figures. According to National Review, Castle’s voting record shows he only voted with conservatives 52% of the time. I’ll say it again, brainless as you say I am, he is effectively a democrat.

I also have concerns about Christie. He has been very coy about some of his positions. However, should he entertain a future run at national office, those postions will be flushed out.

KickandSwimMom on November 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

KickandSwimMom, thank you for putting me in the person category of one that “either has an IQ below 20 or is incapable of forming their own thoughts…November 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM”. I am proud to be in that category with you as I watch how you handle people who write such things as Zaggs wrote at 1:17 PM

Basil Fawlty on November 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

MN, OR, VT, CT, IL.

Anything new on the CT Governor’s race? The last hard numbers I saw had Foley(R) up by 6,810 votes with 38 precincts left to count, and Sec’y of State Bysiewicz “declared” Malloy the winner, by executive decree if not by election.

That was about two hours ago, and no hard numbers since–lots of articles about Malloy winning.

Did somebody cancel the gubernatorial election in CT, and “deem” it won by Malloy? There has GOT to be some vote totals out there somewhere!

Steve Z on November 3, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Thank God! My state is Red again! Now if we could just get rid of Palm Beach/Broward Counties we’d be home free.

Redneck Woman on November 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Can we dump Orange County too?

There are a lot of retirees in FL who are tired of watching their 401ks go up in smoke, never mind the obscene foreclosure rate and the 12.4% unemployment.

ExcessivelyDiverted on November 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Thank God! My state is Red again! Now if we could just get rid of Palm Beach/Broward Counties we’d be home free.

Redneck Woman on November 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM
Can we dump Orange County too?

There are a lot of retirees in FL who are tired of watching their 401ks go up in smoke, never mind the obscene foreclosure rate and the 12.4% unemployment.

ExcessivelyDiverted on November 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Let’s add Pinellas County, home of the uber liberal St. Pete Times as well. *shudders*

Hillsborough is somewhat schizoid as we voted strongly for Rubio but also for Sink. *facepalm* Though the Sink vote was a close one. Like many other cities, the suburban & rural areas of Tampa tend to go R while the inner city and part of west Tampa (hispanic) go for Dems.

But most people not in state don’t realize that FL doesn’t have a monolithic hispanic population. We have Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and even some from Spain, and they are culturally DIFFERENT and they often VOTE differently! Since the Cuban population in Tampa is pretty substantial still, that might be what sent Hillsborough over to Rubio so strongly.

Kirin on November 3, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Not only did Lepage win, there was also huge republican victories in both the state’s house and senate. Too bad, we couldn’t get rid of Pingree and Michaud but I’m pretty psyched about our over all victory.

scrubbiedude on November 3, 2010 at 7:05 PM

A wordsmith should use words correctly.
‘sweep’ ignores that Debbie Wasserman-Liberal won her gerrymandered Ft Lauderdale district handily, 60%.

rayra on November 3, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Let’s get to work. Celebrate for one more day then buckle down and prepare for the left wing double down.

blatantblue on November 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM

BB, I know we love to tease you, but in the end you’re a real good kid. Your comment gave me comfort to know that there are some young people still that not only get it, but are committed to advancing the cause. Great words kid.

Now get off my lawn.

hawkdriver on November 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Sink sunk!

pilamaye on November 4, 2010 at 9:47 AM

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