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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Day at the Races(4/18/14), Part 1

On Friday, I had the opportunity to attend two political meet-and-greets held around my area. The first one was hosted by Republican Congressman and US Senate candidate Phil Gingrey, and the second one was hosted by former Republican Mayor of Dalton, GA, and Gubernatorial candidate David Pennington, who is primarying incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal.

I arrived about a half-hour after the Gingrey meeting commenced, so I missed most of the introduction. The only thing I learned from those last few minutes of the introduction was what I saw from my seat, which was fairly close behind the speaker: That he dyes his hair black. After completing his introduction, he opened himself up to questions. The first serious question pertained to ObamaCare, which he vowed his every effort to repeal, and, on this subject and throughout the meet-and-greet, voiced his commitment to the rights of the states, local municipalities, and businesses to choose.

When asked about term-limits, he indicated his support for term limits, though expressed some question as to how many terms representatives and senators should be limited to, mentioning maybe 6 terms for representatives and 2 for senators. He also said that he is going to Washington to work, and if he has not worked in his first term, then he will go home. If he has worked, then, as he said "Lord willing," he might seek a second term. Asked about tax reform, he affirmed his support for the "Fair Tax."

The most pointed question asked was one regarding House Republican leadership and how they are not digging in against Obama. Gingrey started off by talking about the likable personality of John Bohener and what a nice guy he is, equating him with the popular kid at a college fraternity who all the kids want to be like. He emphasized the need for real leadership, citing Tom DeLay as an example. According to Gingrey, DeLay wasn't dubbed 'The Hammer' for nothing, and that sometimes you don't need nice guys on your team if you want to get things done. Gingrey also expressed both his elation over DeLay's recent exoneration and sadness for the fact that he is now broke and has to start his life over again.

Teeing off of his remarks alluding to college fraternities, he reminisced over his college days, talking about how he and some friends of his got to see then-Senator Barry Goldwater speak and how this was a political revelation for him. He added that while his Liberal professors may have flunked him for his views, they never tried to warp his mind. He also explained what kind of a candidate he would be. He would try to be honest and straightforward with the people. He emphasized where he stood on issues, and also joked about how various news and media outlets have misrepresented things he has said. He concluded by saying that politics is not about whining about how one is treated by the media, and that people must stand firm and fight.

Around this time, somebody who had a child with cancer and was fighting with her insurance company was brought in to tell her story and to ask Mr. Gingrey questions about ObamaCare. Mr. Gingrey expressed his sincerest sympathies to her, re-affirmed his commitment to repealing ObamaCare, and gave her his card(he is a medical doctor) in case she needed to see a doctor in the state. I roughly and perhaps vaguely summarized because I don't really feel right airing one's personal information in a public forum.

Mr. Gingrey was asked about the prospect of a Constitutional Convention and whether or not he thought such would be hijacked by un-Constitutional types. He stated that he was encouraged by what he was seeing out of the move to force a convention and that he would be supportive of such. He also expressed favourable sentiments toward Dr. Ben Carson.

A lady asked him about foreign policy, and he was pretty well schooled on the subject. She talked extensively about the Muslim Brotherhood and the many threats posed by that organization. Mentioned was the fact that the government has members working for and advising them on various matters, which would explain the government's labelling these military base shootings as being "workplace violence." Political correctness was also brought up, as well as the nostrums about Christianity and Islam co-existing together, which, for that to happen, would involve one religion fundamentally changing its principles to conform with the other. In responding, Gingrey acknowledged the concerns broached and emphasized the need to strike a fine balance between maintaining the civil liberties of Americans and taking necessary actions against the terrorists.

Soon afterwards, the meet-and-greet concluded, with Mr. Gingrey thanking all of us for coming out to ask questions. I picked up a few stickers and soon had the opportunity to shake Congressman Gingrey's hand. I asked him if it was OK if I quickly asked a question{I had been silent throughout so I could hear him speak and listen to his answering of questions(which narrowed my prospective questions down considerably)} He obliged, and I asked for his stance on the education initiative "Common Core." He stated his complete opposition to Common Core, emphasizing the need for local control of school curriculum. He also said students should spend at least an hour-and-a-half on homework. After answering my question, I wished him good luck and went on my merry way.

Before the meet-and-greet, I was firmly supportive of Paul Broun. After listening to Gingrey speak, I am giving the most thorough consideration to both men(I will not support Karen Handel, Jack Kingston, or David Perdue). Stay tuned for part 2, where I chronicle the David Pennington meet-and-greet, which was held later that day.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jeb Bush to Univision: "Hispanics Go Great With Chicken and Creamed Corn."



Earlier this morning, riding high on his recent claim that Hispanic people illegally immigrate to the US as a show of love, former Florida Governor and 2016 GOP Presidential frontrunner Jeb Bush stumbled and made what has been perceived as a major gaffe in an interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos on the Spanish-language Sunday morning talk show 'Al Punto.'

When talking about job opportunities for illegal aliens in the Obama economy, Bush stated "With stifling tax rates and ObamaCare requirements for businesses, it's no wonder people are not hiring. It's no wonder people have given up in their search for work and have instead elected to go on Unemployment. So to answer your question, Mr. Ramos, there isn't a whole lot of opportunity at this time for these people to find work." "Not even small-time jobs?" asked Mr. Ramos, to which Bush replied "Well, of course there will always be small-time jobs out there for our immigrants. Herding cows, chickens, goats, and such is one. Cleaning the aisles and mopping the floors at Wal-Mart is another. Dishing out the creamed corn, the fried chicken, the pork and beans, the mashed potatoes and gravy, and the mac and cheese at these Southern slop shops is a third. There are many opportunities for small-time jobs. More than I can count. And one would think that, given their experiences down south of the border, they would be ideal for such jobs." When asked if he had any regrets about his previous remarks regarding Hispanics, Mr. Bush replied "No sir, Mr. Ramos. I am living proof of the fact that love can drive you to pursue nerve-racking endeavours. Those six weeks between the day I placed that fateful order and the day my wife came in the mail weren't all sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, kiddies. It was some kind of torture. It's because of that experience that I have the fullest and most complete understanding of what the families of our troops go through on a day-to-day basis." Concluding the interview, Bush projected an aire of optimism, proclaiming that he "looks forward to meeting with and taking my case to voters across these blessed lands."

Immediately, the various news outlets pounced on the story with such headlines as "Bush: Hispanic People Go Great with Chicken and Creamed Corn," "Jeb Bush: Pro-Hispanic or Pro-Restaurant Association of America?," "Leading GOP Candidate Salivates at Opportunity to Meet with Voters," "Uncle Jeb: I Want You(Right Next to the Mashed Potatoes)!," "GOP Strategy to Solve Demographic Problem? Eat Them!," "Eat or Be Eaten," and "It's a Dog Eat Dog World out There."

From top Democrats, the response was swift and unanimous. Leading 2016 Presidential prospect, former Secretary of State, and former First Lady Hillary Clinton called the remarks an "outrage." Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, coming out of a film shoot for his role in the Cookie Jar weight loss commercials, decried Bush's comments as being "profoundly racist" and "the kind of thing you'd hear from Southern good-ole-boys." Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid declared the remarks "an abomination" and promptly called for him to release his tax returns.

Several top Republicans were also quick to condemn Jeb Bush for his remarks. From his home in Belmont, MA, 2012 Republican Presidential nominee and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney called the remarks "unfair," citing his experiences with the Hispanics he's hired for household help and his intimate knowledge of the process of 'self-deportation.' Florida Senator and 2016 Presidential prospect Marco Rubio decried the remarks as being "racially insensitive" and "damaging to our party's future prospects." Kentucky Senator and 2016 Presidential prospect Rand Paul condemned the "profiling language" used by Bush, while praising him for "his unflinching desire to knock down the Iron Curtain that is our Southern border fence and its enforcement." Texas Senator Ted Cruz, while dismissing outright the newsworthy aspect of the quote, slammed Governor Bush for "endorsing the failed Barack Obama policy of open borders, which is anathema to our country." Real estate magnate and potential 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump, in an interview for "Fox News Sunday," called for both Bush and his Hispanic wife to release their long-form birth certificates. "I want names. I want dates. I want addresses. I want numbers. I want to know why Governor Bush is espousing such anti-American sentiments. My team of presently Hawii-based investigators and I await the unveiling of all the sordid details."

Some Conservatives were willing to defend Mr. Bush in the face of such harsh criticism. Former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin dismissed everything as being a "creation of the mainstream media." Paul Broun, a Georgia GOP Congressman and a leading US Senate candidate, dubbed the criticism "gross exaggeration" and "lies straight from the pit of hell." Wisconsin Congressman and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan wholeheartedly endorsed the comments and reminisced over his younger days operating the grill at McDonalds. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich attacked the media for "despicably" exaggerating and over-blowing Bush's remarks, while praising Bush for "his eloquent defense of our system of free enterprise." "There is no greater pride a man can have than to receive his first paycheck. I remember mine as though it were just yesterday. Dwight Eisenhower was President, and times were good. We always had enough money to put food on the table. 'Gay' only meant one who was bright and merry. Fond memories." Before leaving for the senior special at IHOP, Gingrich also expressed some personal sympathy for Governor Bush: "I know what kind of pain he went through. I went through that same torturous proceeding when I placed the order for Callista. The government of Lego Land isn't nearly as lenient as the Mexican government. It's not fun, and I never had half the connections who were pulling strings for him." RNC Chairman Reince Priebus weighed in: "While we wish that the Governor could have been more polished and artful in his choice of words, he raises the points we have been trying to make for many years. The Obama economy has stifled job creation with burdensome tax rates and regulations. ObamaCare has caused people to stop hiring, cut back hours and workers, and eventually close businesses. The opportunities for an immigrant to find work here have been rapidly diminishing these past few years. These are the issues we need to be talking about, and not whether or not Jeb Bush wants to eat you."

Overshadowed by today's news was the unveiling of former President George W. Bush's artwork at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The largely formally attired gala was uneventful until a lieutenant of the Hispanic gay mafia crashed the reception and threw a shoe at President Bush. He missed, but ultimately nailed a portrait of the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, a move which radio host Alex Jones proclaimed to be a 'Zionist conspiracy.' Bush took it all in stride, and joked about his having received 'the Hillary treatment.' Down in Florida, members of a Mexican biker gang were arrested for defacing property when toilet paper found in the trees on property owned by Jeb Bush was traced back to them. A court date has not yet been announced.

In another surprising twist sure to shake up the state of the 2016 race, embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has not only announced his decision to run, but that he will be selecting Florida Senator Marco Rubio as his running mate in the event that the Governor wins the party's Presidential nomination. In an interview with "Face the Nation," Christie told host Bob Schieffer that "Marco is an excellent leader for our party, and I have the fullest confidence that he can help to both deliver me Hispanic support in November, 2016, and lead the country for the next 4 years." When asked why it came down to Rubio regarding a Hispanic running mate, Christie hesitated before coming right out: "George P. Bush hasn't yet been elected to anything and Twinkie the Kid was neither available nor eligible."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BIG NEWS: John McCain(R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham(R-SC) to Wed



In a big development which has shaken the political world to its core, Senior Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have announced their plans to get married, a move which culminates several years of intense courtship. The marriage is slated to take place on the dock of the San Francisco Bay on Easter Sunday.

"Always ones to glorify the Lord," quipped an excited McCain, having just come from breakfast at the Senate cafeteria. "This has been a long time coming, my friends, and I couldn't be happier. He's my true soul mate." Asked about his wife Cindy and how she was taking it, McCain took a moment to clear the air: "We both wanted to be in the White House, so we tied the knot. There isn't a whole lot more to it than that. I know it sounds bad, but everybody's doing it these days. Just ask my friends Bill and Hillary Clinton and Anthony and Huma Weiner!" Asked about the future of that relationship, McCain added that he had "politely asked for an open marriage." "I hear she and Senator Cruz(R-TX) are an item these days," quipped McCain before giddily leaving for a Senate meeting on nuclear arms warfare in the age of Putin.

When asked for a comment on the news, longtime McCain confidante and former US Senator Joe Lieberman(I-CT) issued the following statement: "Words cannot express my happiness for John and Lindsey, having both found love in their golden years. Having introduced them, I can tell you that it was love at first sight. From the intimate discussions about neo-Conservative foreign policy to the exhaustive discussions about fine wines and Napa Valley sunsets, there was a definite connection between the two. A certain chemistry, if you will. I saw how those two bonded over episodes of 'The Care Bears.' I was regaled with the stories of how John would carry Lindsey on his shoulders so that he could see the floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I heard those two sing 'Do ya, do ya want my love?' every Friday at the Congressional karaoke night. I saw how those two interacted when they were campaigning together in 2008 and when they were campaigning in 2012 for Governor Bionicle...erm, I mean Mitt Romney. Tee he he. Those two are just priceless. Again, I just cannot tell you how happy I am for them."

Former Congressman Barney Frank(D-MA), himself a gay man, had a few congratulatory words as well: "I always knew their socially Conservative talk was all just a bunch of bluster. Those two have something I wish more people had: Openness, honesty, and love. I wish that more of our Republican friends would come out of the closet. It really is a liberating feeling, and who knows, maybe with a little more gay liberation there wouldn't be so much congressional gridlock."

Vice President Joe Biden offered his support: "There is nothing that I've ever seen in these stone halls that is more beautiful than what I see coming from those two. Going against the grain of cruel, cold-hearted society, you see a man willing to risk everything in raining love down upon another man. Neil Young can talk about screaming and bullwhips cracking all he wants, but he's got nothing on those two!"

Senator Chuck Schumer(D-NY) dishes out the sordid details: "Let's face it: The gentleman from South Carolina always was John's boy lollipop. The things I have heard about those two! Their rooms are the absolute bane of the Congressional cleaning service. I once found myself in there around 1 AM one unfortunate Sunday morning. It looked like a dirty bomb had gone off in there! Numerous articles of clothing, candy wrappers, Wham! record sleeves, towels, and teddy bears strewn about all over the place. And people think we're all just a bunch of boring, uptight squares!"

Catching up with Senator Graham, this reporter noted an uncharacteristically sprightly vibe about the Senior Senator from SC. Waving me over, we talked about a few things on the Senator's mind on this important day. On the pen he carries in his hand: "This is something Johnny gave me. It's the same pen Bob Dole gave him just before he died. It is something which I treasure immensely." When asked about why he only just now decided to tie the knot with Senator McCain, he cited the recent decision by Jan Brewer, the Governor of McCain's adopted home state of Arizona, to veto legislation which would have granted businesses the right to deny services to gay couples. "This just seemed like the right time," said Graham. Regarding future Presidential aspirations, he stated "not until 2024, as Johnny and I are both ready for Hillary." Asked if his sexual orientation would serve as a hindrance to his aspirations, Graham opined "What you must remember is that some of the big figures within the Republican Party have been, in one way or another, the gay man's best friend. Just look at Ted Haggard, Joe Paterno, George HW Bush, Abraham Lincoln, and Larry Craig. These beloved Republicans have done more to advance the cause of gay liberty in America, so yes, I do believe that I can gain acceptance with the grassroots and the mainstream Conservatives and Republicans."

In another development, Senator Patty Murray(D-WA) used the news to announce her engagement to Congressman Paul Ryan(R-WI).

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bellweather Counties in Georgia Elections



Georgia. It is seen as being one of these states(along with Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas) which is trending toward the Democrats because of the changing demographics. In no other area is such population growth more prevalent than in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. For the most part, the Suburban Atlanta counties(Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry, and Spalding) vote Republican, while Clayton County, DeKalb County, and Fulton County are fairly reliably Democratic. Republicans usually do well in the largely rural Northern and Southern(save Macon) areas, while Democrats run up the score in Eastern(Augusta) and, to some lesser extent, Southwestern(Albany and Columbus) Georgia. The real fight has been fought in the Suburban Atlanta counties. Having taken some time to comb through GA elections from the past few decades, I have determined that the 3 counties which have historically tended to give us an idea of who is winning in state and federal elections in the modern era(1960 onward) are the Suburban Atlanta counties of Douglas, Newton, and Rockdale(though this one has become decidedly less swingy in the past several rears). Granted, these 3 counties have been known to sometimes get it wrong on Election night(sometimes 1 of the 3, sometimes 2, and sometimes all), so this isn't by any means a perfect means of gauging how an election is going. Carrying counties in a statewide and federal election is just as significant as carrying a state in a Presidential election. Perhaps even more so, as one has to carry certain counties in order to win a state in a Presidential contest. As they say, "All politics is local." It is my hope, though, that this(perhaps lengthy) rundown will help one to perhaps understand the dynamics at plat and to get a feel for how things might go on Election Night.

To gauge how a county might vote in a state and federal election, one does have to consider the demographics of said county. A county which has a majority of blacks and/or hispanics and a lower median income and percentage of married couples is exponentially more likely to vote Democratic than is a county which is majority white and has a higher median income and percentage of married couples. With all of that in mind, here are the demographics of the counties of Douglas, Newton, and Rockdale, as calculated by the 2010 Census and with the addition of some recent(upward) population projections.

Douglas County: 52% White, 39% Black, 8% Hispanic/Latino, 1% Native American. 28% of residents are under age 18, 9% are from ages 18 to 24, 33% are from ages 25 to 44, 22% are from ages 45 to 64, and 8% are age 65 or older. Douglas County's median age is 34. 59% of households consist of a married couple, while 24% have co-habitating partners and 13% have a female as the primary breadwinner. The average household income in Douglas County is around $51K. Median family income is $54K. Males have a median income of $38K, versus $28K for females. Douglas County's per capita income is $21K. 6% of families and 8% of the population is presently below the poverty line. Douglas County has a estimated population of 134,000.

Newton County: 54% White, 44% Black, 2% Hispanic/Latino. 28% of residents are under age 18, 9% are from ages 18 to 24, 32% are from ages 25 to 44, 21% are from ages 45 to 64, and 10% are age 65 or older. Newton County's median age is 33. 59% of households consist of a married couple, while 22% have co-habitating partners and 14% have a female as the primary breadwinner. The average household income in Newton County is around $45K. Median family income is around $50K. Males have a median income of $37K, versus $26K for females. Newton County's per capita income is $19K. 7% of families and 10% of the population is presently below the poverty line. Newton County has an estimated population of 102,000.

Rockdale County: 46% Black, 41% White, 10% Hispanic/Latino, 2% Asian. 28% of residents are under age 18, 9% are from ages 18 to 24, 31% are from ages 25 to 44, 24% are from ages 45 to 64, and 9% are age 65 or older. Rockdale County's median age is 35. 62% of households consist of a married couple, while 22% have co-habitating partners and 12% have a female as the primary breadwinner. The average household income in Rockdale County is $54K. Median family income is $60K. Males have a median income of $41K, versus $29K for females. Rockdale County's per capita income is $22K. 6% of families and 8% of the population is presently below the poverty line. Rockdale County has an estimated population of 86,000.

Having touched on present demographics, I will now get into the past election results which have led me to my conclusion of these 3 counties being historical bellweathers for how the state will go. I'll start off with the Georgia Presidential elections from 1960-2012 and then go to statewide elections from 1988-2012(I tried, but I could not find any county-by-county map of the election results for the years previous). The statewide offices which I will choose to cover are those of US Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Public Service Commissioner, State Judgeships, and, in only one instance, the race for Insurance Commissioner.

GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

In 1960, John F. Kennedy carried all 3 counties as he carried Georgia in his successful Presidential bid. In 1964, Douglas County backed Barry M. Goldwater on his way to a statewide win, while Newton and Rockdale Counties backed the ultimately successful re-election of Lyndon B. Johnson. 1968 saw Southern Son and notorious Alabama Governor George C. Wallace carrying all 3 counties on his way to an easy win statewide and regionally. Richard Nixon won all 3 counties as he rolled to a re-election victory statewide and nationally in 1972. Favourite Son Jimmy Carter carried these 3, not to mention every other county in the state, in his successful campaign against President Gerald R. Ford in 1976. Douglas and Rockdale Counties backed Ronald Reagan, while Newton County backed President Carter as he won the state while simultaneously losing in a national landslide. All 3 counties backed President Reagan, who won the state's electoral votes and re-election over Walter Mondale in 1984. All 3 backed George HW Bush, who would win the state and the election over Michael Dukakis in 1988. Douglas and Rockdale counties backed the unsuccessful 1992 re-election campaign of President Bush, while Bill Clinton won Newton County on his way to winning the state with a plurality. 1n 1996, Bob Dole won all 3 counties and Georgia's electoral votes in his ultimately unsuccessful campaign. George W. Bush carried all 3 counties and the state of Georgia in 2000, as well as in his 2004 re-election campaign. All 3 counties voted for Barack Obama's successful 2008 campaign and 2012 re-election campaign, even as John S. McCain and W. Mitt Romney won statewide.

STATE & FEDERAL ELECTIONS

1988

In race #1 for the Public Service Commission, Democrat Bobby Pafford carried Douglas and Newton counties on his way to victory over Republican John F. Collins, who carried Rockdale County. In race #2, Newton County backed Democrat Bobby Rowan in his successful campaign against Republican Jerry Brittingham, who carried Douglas and Rockdale counties. In race #3, Douglas and Newton counties backed Democrat Cas Robinson in his victorious effort against Republican Horace Hartley, who carried Rockdale County.

1990

In the race for Governor, Democrat Zell Miller carried Douglas and Newton Counties on his way to victory against Republican Johnny Isakson, who carried Rockdale County. All 3 counties backed Democratic Lieutenant Governor Pierre Howard in his landslide win against Republican Matt Towery. In race #1 for Public Service Commissioner, Democrat Mac Barber swept all 3 counties in his successful bid against Republican Jim West. In race #2, Democrat Bob Durden swept all 3 counties in his landslide win against Libertarian Elizabeth Goldin.

1992

General Election-In the US Senate race, Democratic incumbent Wyche Fowler carried Newton county on his way to finishing first in round 1 against Republican Paul Coverdell, who carried Douglas and Rockdale counties. In the race for Public Service Commissioner, Republican Bobby Baker carried all 3 counties on his way to finishing first in round one against R-turned-D John F. Collins.

General Election Runoff-In round 2 of the US Senate race, Republican Paul Coverdell again carried Douglas and Rockdale counties in his successful bid against Democratic Senator Wyche Fowler, who again carried Newton County. In round 2 of the race for Public Service Commissioner, Republican Bobby Baker again carried all 3 counties in his winning effort against R-turned-D John F. Collins.

1994

In the Governors race, Incumbent Democrat Zell Miller carried Newton County in his tight re-election bid against Republican Guy Millner, who carried Douglas and Rockdale counties. All 3 counties backed Democratic Lieutenant Governor Pierre Howard, Democratic Secretary of State Max Cleland, and Democrat-turned-Republican Attorney General Mike Bowers over their respective opponents(Republicans Nancy Schaffer and Keith Maloney and Democrat Wesley Dunn). In the race for Insurance Commissioner, Republican John Oxendine carried all 3 counties in his narrow win over Democratic incumbent Tim Ryles. All 3 counties backed Republicans David Baker and Stan Wise over Democrats Earleen Sizemore and incumbent Bobby Rowan.

1996

Democratic Primary Election-In the Secretary of State Special Election Primary, Lewis Massey carried all 3 counties in his landslide win against Marion Freeman. In race #2 for the Public Service Commission Primary, Tim Ryles carried all 3 counties in his win over Donna Blackwood.

Republican Primary Election-In the US Senate Primary, Guy Millner carried all 3 counties on his way to a first place finish in round 1 against Johnny Isakson. In the Secretary of State Special Election Primary, David Shafer carried all 3 while narrowly coming in second place to Willou Smith in round 1. In race #1 for the Public Service Commission Primary, Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-Republican John F. Collins carried Newton and Rockdale Counties in his Primary win over Bill Hembree, while getting trounced in Douglas County. In race #2 for the Public Service Commission Primary, incumbent Democrat-turned-Republican Bob Durden carried all 3 counties in his Primary win over Franklin Barnes, Bobby Burns Sr, and Bill Reedy.

Republican Primary Election Runoff-In the US Senate Runoff, Guy Millner carried all 3 counties in his win over Johnny Isakson. In the Secretary of State Runoff, David Shafer carried Douglas and Newton counties in his win over Willou Smith, while narrowly losing Rockdale County.

General Election-In the US Senate race, all 3 counties backed Republican Guy Millner as he narrowly lost to Democrat Max Cleland. In the Secretary of State Special Election and in race #1 for Public Service Commissioner, Democrats Lewis Massey and incumbent Mac Barber carried Newton County in their successful campaigns against Republicans David Shafer and John F. Collins, while losing Douglas and Rockdale Counties. In race #2 for Public Service Commissioner, Republican incumbent Bob Durden carried all 3 counties in his narrow win over Democrat Tim Ryles.

1998

Democratic Primary Election-In the US Senate Primary, Michael Coles swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Jim Boyd. In the Gubernatorial Primary, Roy Barnes carried all 3 counties in his first place finish in round 1 against Lewis Massey. In the Lieutenant Governor Primary, Mary Oliver carried all 3 counties in her first place finish in round 1 against Mark Taylor. In the Public Service Commissioner Primary, Anna Hargis carried Douglas and Rockdale counties in her narrow win over Hal Crawford, while losing in Newton County.

Republican Primary Election-In the Gubernatorial Primary, Guy Millner carried Douglas County on his way to victory over Mike Bowers, whilst losing Newton and Rockdale counties. In the Lieutenant Governor Primary, Mitch Skandalaks carried all 3 counties on his way to first place in round 1 against Clint Day. In the Secretary of State Primary, John McCallum swept all 3 counties in his Primary win against Charlie Bailey. In the Attorney General Primary, the counties broke in 3 directions. Douglas County backed first place finisher David Ralston, Newton County backed third place finisher Stephen Boswell, and Rockdale County backed second place finisher Kip Klein. The election advanced to a Runoff(round 2) between Ralston and Klein. In the Public Service Commissioner Primary, incumbent Bobby Baker swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Dan Carpenter.

Democratic Primary Election Runoff-In the Gubernatorial Runoff, Roy Barnes swept all 3 counties in his landslide victory over Lewis Massey. In the Lieutenant Governor Runoff, Mark Taylor carried all 3 counties in his successful campaign against Mary Oliver.

Republican Primary Election Runoff-In the Lieutenant Governor Runoff, Mitch Skandalaks carried all 3 counties in his narrow win over Clint Day. In the Attorney General Runoff, David Ralston swept all 3 counties in his win over Kip Klein.

General Election-In the US Senate race, Republican incumbent Paul Coverdell carried all 3 counties on his way to re-election over Democrat Michael Coles. In the Governors race, Republican Guy Millner won all 3 counties over Democrat Roy Barnes, even as he convincingly lost statewide. In the races for Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State, Newton County backed Democrats Mark Taylor and Cathy Cox in their landslide wins over Republicans Mitch Skandalaks and John McCallum, respectively, who both carried Douglas and Rockdale counties. In the Attorney General race, all 3 counties backed Republican David Ralston over Democrat Thurbert Baker, who narrowly won the election. In the race for Public Service Commissioner, Republican incumbent Bobby Baker carried all 3 counties in his successful campaign against Democrat Anna Hargis. In the Special Election for Public Service Commissioner, 'Bubba' McDonald carried all 3 counties in his first place finish in round 1 against Jim Cole.

General Election Runoff-In the Public Service Commissioner Special Election Runoff, 'Bubba' McDonald swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Jim Cole.

2000

Georgia Democratic Presidential Primary-Vice President Al Gore swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.

Georgia Republican Presidential Primary-Texas Governor George W. Bush swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Arizona Senator John McCain.

Democratic Primary Election-In race #1 for Public Service Commissioner, David Burgess carried all 3 counties in his successful Primary ouster of incumbent Mac Barber. In race #2 for Public Service Commissioner, Jim Boyd swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Michael DiPietro.

There were no contested statewide Republican primaries.

General Election-In the US Senate race(which opened up as a result of the death of Senator Paul Coverdell), Democrat Zell Miller swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Mack Mattingly. In race #1 for Public Service Commissioner, Democrat David Burgess carried Douglas and Newton counties in his successful campaign against Republican Al Bartell, who carried Rockdale County. In race #2 for Public Service Commissioner, Republican incumbent Stan Wise carried all 3 counties in his successful campaign against Democrat Jim Boyd.

2002

Republican Primary Election-In the US Senate Primary, Saxby Chambliss swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Bob Irvin. In the Gubernatorial Primary, 'Sonny' Perdue carried all 3 counties in his Primary win over Linda Schrenko and Bill Byrne. In the Lieutenant Governor Primary, Mike Beatty carried Rockdale County in his first place finish in round 1 against Steve Stancil, who carried Douglas and Newton counties. In the Secretary of State Primary, Charlie Bailey carried all 3 counties on his way to finishing first in round 1 against Vernadette Broyles.

Republican Primary Election Runoff-In the Lieutenant Governor Runoff, Steve Stancil carried Douglas County in his narrow win over Mike Beatty, who carried Newton and Rockdale counties. In the Secretary State Runoff, Charlie Bailey carried all 3 counties in his victorious campaign against Vernadette Broyles.

General Election-In the US Senate, Gubernatorial, and race #2 for Public Service Commission races, Republicans Saxby Chambliss, Sonny Perdue, and Angela Speir carried all 3 counties in their ousters of Democratic incumbents Max Cleland, Roy Barnes, and Bubba McDonald. In the Lieutenant Governor race, Republican Steve Stancil carried all 3 counties whilst losing statewide to Democratic incumbent Mark Taylor. In the Secretary of State race, Democratic incumbent Cathy Cox swept all 3 counties in her landslide win over Republican Charlie Bailey. In the Attorney General race, Democratic incumbent Thurbert Baker carried all 3 counties in his statewide victory over Republican Shannon Goessling. In race #1 for Public Service Commissioner, Republican Doug Everett carried all 3 counties in his successful campaign against Democrat Earleen Sizemore.

2004

Georgia Democratic Presidential Primary-Massachusetts Senator John Kerry carried all 3 counties in his win over North Carolina Senator John Edwards.

Democratic Primary Election-In the US Senate Primary, Denise Majette carried all 3 counties in her first place finish in round one against Cliff Oxford. In the race for Public Service Commissioner, Mac Barber swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Mike Berlon.

Republican Primary Election-In the US Senate Primary, Johnny Isakson carried all 3 counties in his win against Herman Cain. In the race for Public Service Commissioner, incumbent Bobby Baker swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Roger Dozier.

Democratic Primary Election Runoff-In the US Senate Runoff, Denise Majette carried all 3 counties in her win over Cliff Oxford.

General Election-In the US Senate and Public Service Commission races, Republicans Johnny Isakson and Bobby Baker carried all 3 counties in their wins over Democrats Denise Majette and Mac Barber. In the Court of Appeals race, all 3 counties backed Howard Mead, even as he placed second to Debra Bernes statewide in round 1.

General Election Runoff-In the Court of Appeals Runoff, Debra Bernes carried all 3 counties in her win over Howard Mead.

2006

Democratic Primary Election-In the Gubernatorial Primary, Mark Taylor carried all 3 counties in his successful campaign against Cathy Cox. In the Lieutenant Governor Primary, Jim Martin carried Newton and Rockdale Counties on his way to a first place finish against Greg Hecht, who carried Douglas County, in round 1. In the Secretary of State Primary, Darryl Hicks carried all 3 counties, even as he finished second to Gail Buckner statewide in round 1.

Republican Primary Election-In the Gubernatorial Primary, incumbent Sonny Perdue swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Ray McBerry. In the Lieutenant Governor Primary, Casey Cagle carried all 3 counties in his win over Ralph Reed. In the Secretary of State Primary, Karen Handel carried all 3 counties on her way to first place against Bill Stephens in round 1. In the Public Service Commissioner Primaries, Chuck Eaton and incumbent Stan Wise carried all 3 counties in their winning campaigns against Mark Parkman and Newt Nickell.

Democratic Primary Election Runoff-In the Lieutenant Governor Runoff, Jim Martin swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Greg Hecht. In the Secretary of State Runoff, Gail Buckner carried all 3 counties in her win over Darryl Hicks.

Republican Primary Election Runoff-In the Secretary of State Runoff, Karen Handel carried all 3 counties in her win over Bill Stephens.

General Election-In the races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Public Service Commissioner race #1, Republicans Sonny Perdue, Casey Cagle, Karen Handel, and Stan Wise carried all 3 counties in their wins over Democrats Mark Taylor, Jim Martin, Gail Buckner, and Dawn Randolph. Conversely, in the Attorney General race, Democratic incumbent Thurbert Baker carried all 3 counties in his win over Republican Perry McGuire. In Public Service Commission race #2, Democratic incumbent David Burgess carried Newton and Rockdale counties on his way to a first place showing over Republican Chuck Eaton in round 1. Both candidates were tied in Douglas County. In the race for Supreme Court Justice, incumbent Carol Hunstein swept all 3 counties in her landslide win over Mike Wiggins.

General Election Runoff-In the Public Service Commission Runoff, Chuck Eaton carried all 3 counties in his ouster of David Burgess.

2008

Georgia Democratic Presidential Primary-Illinois Senator Barack Obama swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over New York Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Georgia Republican Presidential Primary-Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee carried all 3 counties in his narrow win over Arizona Senator John McCain.

Democratic Primary Election-In the US Senate Primary, Vernon Jones carried all 3 counties on his way to first place in round 1 against Jim Martin. In the Primary for Public Service Commission race #1, Jim Powell swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Bob Indech.

Republican Primary Election-In the Primary for Public Service Commission race #1, Bubba McDonald carried all 3 counties in his win over Pam Davidson. In the Primary for Public Service Commission race #2, incumbent Doug Everett swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Rick Collum.

Democratic Primary Election Runoff-In the US Senate Primary Runoff, Jim Martin carried all 3 counties in his win over Vernon Jones.

General Election-In the US Senate race, Democrat Jim Martin carried all 3 counties in his narrow second place finish to Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss in round 1. In race #1 for Public Service Commissioner, Democrat Jim Powell carried all 3 counties in his narrow first place finish against Republican Bubba McDonald in round 1. In race #2 for Public Service Commissioner, Republican incumbent Doug Everett swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Libertarian John Monds. In the Court of Appeals race, Tamela Adkins carried all 3 counties while finishing third to Sara Doyle and Mike Sheffield, who respectively advanced to the Runoff(round 2).

General Election Runoff-In the US Senate and Public Service Commission Runoffs, Republicans Saxby Chambliss and Bubba McDonald carried all 3 counties in their wins over Democrats Jim Martin and Jim Powell. In the Court of Appeals Runoff, Sara Doyle carried Newton County in her narrow win over Mike Sheffield, who carried Douglas and Rockdale counties.

2010

Democratic Primary Election-In the Primaries for US Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, Michael Thurmond, Roy Barnes, Carol Porter, and Ken Hodges swept all 3 counties in their landslide wins over RJ Hadley, Thurbert Baker, Tricia McCracken, and Rob Teilhet, respectively. In the Secretary of State Primary, Gail Buckner carried all 3 counties in her first place finish over Georganna Sinkfield in round 1.

Republican Primary Election-In the Primaries for Governor and Attorney General, Karen Handel and Sam Olens carried all 3 counties in their first place finishes over Nathan Deal and Preston Smith in round 1. In the Secretary of State Primary, Brian Kemp carried all 3 counties in his win over Doug MacGinnitie. In the Public Service Commission Primary, John Douglas carried all 3 counties whilst coming in second to Tim Echols in round 1.

Democratic Primary Election Runoff-In the Secretary of State Runoff, Georgeanna Sinkfoeld swept all 3 counties in her landslide win over Gail Buckner.

Republican Primary Election Runoff-In the Gubernatorial Runoff, Nathan Deal carried Newton County in his razor-thin victory over Karen Handel, who carried Douglas and Rockdale counties. In the Attorney General Runoff, Sam Olens carried all 3 counties on his way to victory over Preston Smith. In the Public Service Commission Runoff, John Douglas carried all 3 counties, even as he lost statewide to Tim Echols.

General Election-In the races for US Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Public Service Commissioner, Republicans Johnny Isakson(incumbent), Nathan Deal, Casey Cagle(incumbent), Brian Kemp, Sam Olens, and Tim Echols all carried Douglas and Newton counties in their victories over Democrats Michael Thurmond, Roy Barnes, Carol Porter, Georgeanna Sinkfield, Ken Hodges, and Keith Moffett, who all carried Rockdale County. In the race for Supreme Court Justice, incumbent David Nahmias carried all 3 counties in his first place finish over Tamela Adkins in round 1. In the Court of Appeals race, Antoinette Davis carried all 3 counties in her first place finish against Chris McFadden.

General Election Runoff-In the Supreme Court Justice Runoff, David Nahmias swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Tamela Adkins. In the Court of Appeals Runoff, Chris McFadden carried all 3 counties in his landslide win over Antoinette Davis.

2012

Georgia Republican Presidential Primary-Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich carried all 3 counties in his win over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Republican Primary Election-In the 2 races for Public Service Commissioner, incumbents Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise carried all 3 counties in their wins over Matt Reid and Pam Davidson.

General Election-In race #1 for Public Service Commissioner, Republican Chuck Eaton carried Newton County in his win over Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer, who won Douglas and Rockdale counties. In race #2 for Public Service Commissioner, Republican Stan Wise swept all 3 counties in his landslide win over Libertarian David Staples.


It will be interesting to see how these counties fall in the 2014 and 2016 elections, and whether or not any one of these counties will cast in with the winning candidate. That said, I feel I can say with certainty that Rockdale County is rapidly going in the same direction Clayton County went in the 1990s(hard left) and will soon be a Democratic stronghold a la Bibb(Macon), Clarke(Athens), Clayton, DeKalb, Dougherty, Fulton(Atlanta), and Richmond(Augusta) counties. I only mentioned Rockdale throughout this because it has historical significance as being, up until very recently, one of the swingiest counties in Georgia. I hope this has been an informative read, and it is my hope that I have, in fact, correctly identified the counties to watch for on Election night..

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An Open Letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Dear Governor Brewer,

I sincerely hope all is well with you and your family. I am writing this letter with regards to the religious freedom legislation which you are presently reviewing. Before I get to that, though, I would like to first say that I commend your previous actions regarding gun rights and gays, and also your attempts at stemming our illegal immigration problem. I would also like to give you much deserved credit for, back in 2008 when you were SoS, a smoothly and efficiently run Secretary of State's website(more than I can say for the ObamaCare website). I remember paying attention to AZ Congressional Primary elections back in 2008 and finding it to be one of the best run SoS sites I'd ever been to. But I digress.

The bill which is before you right now, as you well know, would allow businesses to deny services to gay people in accordance with their Christian faith and personal beliefs. I am imploring you to sign this bill. This is a basic matter of religious freedom. Religious freedom is the reason the Pilgrims escaped the tyranny of James I's Church of England and came to America and established the first settlements in Jamestown, VA, and Plymouth, MA, in the early 1600s. Religious freedom is also some of the reason why we broke away from the English government of King George III and formed the Thirteen Colonies, which later evolved into what we now know as the United States of America.
We as a nation are wholly founded upon the precept of religious freedom. We are not a nation founded upon the principles of a Constitution(the law of man). Rather, we are a nation founded upon the principles of the Bible(the Word of God). In recent decades, though, our nation's fabric has come under attack from the gay rights crowd and their politically correct neanderthal brothers-in-arms. Gay people so selfish that they cannot see past laying and being laid. While they're taking it in freely and willingly, your state will almost certainly recieve negative pushback if this law is vetoed. In addition to being an abomination in the eyes of God, telling businesses that they cannot do in accordance with their Christian faith what they wish to do does not a friendly business environment create. Jobs will flee to a state like Texas or Alabama if this law is vetoed. I am sure that's not what you want for the future of your state.

I'd also like to tackle this from a political perspective. Your party, the Republican Party, is seen today as neither standing for something nor offering a viable solution to our nation's problems. Your party is, at present, acting like the party who nominated Bob Dole and Mitt Romney, and not the party who elected Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. It is time for the party to actually stand for something. In signing this bill into law, you are showing those disaffected Americans that there is a party who actually stands for what it purports to believe in. People hunger for honesty in politics, even people who would otherwise disagree vehemantly with the positions you're taking. How else do you think Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan won a significant share of otherwise Democratic voters? They actually stood for something. If you truly care about the electoral prospects of your party, the Republican Party, then it's future must begin in Arizona. You must sign this bill into law.

Concluding my letter, I hope you will take all of my points into consideration, weigh the pros and cons, and come to the right conclusion. I believe that what I am asking is the right thing to do, but it is you who must decide. Do you want a future rife with opportunity or do you want a future full of job losses and a stalled, stagnant statewide economy? That is the question.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 Election Predictions

NJ-GOV: Chris Christie(R) 63-37 over Barbara Buono(D). GOP HOLD.

GOP should also win back one of the Assembly chambers.

VA-GOV: Ken Cuccinelli(R) 49-47-4 over Terry McCauliffe(D) and Robert Sarvis(L). GOP HOLD.
VA-LT GOV: Ralph Northam(D) 50.3%-49.7% over EW Jackson Sr.(R). DEM GAIN
VA-AG: Mark Obenshain(R) 54-46 over Mark Herring(D). GOP HOLD.

NYC Mayor: Joe Lhota(R) 50-47-3 over Bill DeBlasio(D) and Adolfo Carrion(I). GOP HOLD.

Boston Mayor: Marty Walsh(D) 53-47 over John Connolly(D). DEM HOLD.

Charlotte Mayor: Edwin Peacock(R) 52-48 over Patrick Cannon(D). GOP GAIN.

Detroit Mayor: Mike Duggan(I) 59-41 over Benny Napoleon(D).

Seattle Mayor: Ed Murray(D)56-44 over Mike McGinn(D). DEM HOLD.

St. Petersburg Mayor: Rick Kriesman(D) 53-47 over Bill Foster(R). DEM GAIN.

AL-2 Special Election: Dean Young(R) 55-45 over Bradley Byrne(R).

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2013 and 2014 Predictions

As we approach the end of the 2013 elections and close in on the official start of the 2014 cycle, we are beginning to get a clearer picture with regards to how things will play out when voters go to the polls November 5. For as much as most of those races have yet to fully take shape, we are also starting to get some idea of how 2014 will play out on the state and federal level. Of course, anything can change in the next 13 1/2 months. At this time, these are my predictions with regards to how all these races will go down.

Note: I will not be weighing in on House specials, as I have no knowledge of local factors which will be at play in low-turnout affairs such as these. All I will say is that the incumbent party will retain those 2 seats.


2013


NJ-SEN Special: Cory Booker(D) 56-44 over Steve Lonegan(R). DEM GAIN.

This is the seat which opened up when Frank Lautenberg died. Lonegan is a capable campaigner, but in Democratic New Jersey and against a well known and well liked opponent in Booker, it won't matter much.

NYC Mayor: Joe Lhota(R) 51-46 over Bill DeBlasio(D). GOP HOLD.

There is a bit of an over-sampling of support of DeBlasio in polling. The arch-Progressive policies as promoted by DeBlasio are fast alienating business types(Bloomberg is refusing to back DeBlasio because of these policy proposals), and DeBlasio's only barely avoiding a runoff gives many pause, as does the fact that 60% of Primary voters cast votes against him. Lhota has a very good pedigree as a Giuliani and Bloomberg administration official. While DeBlasio should perform well in Manhattan and the Bronx, Lhota should swamp him in the islands of Staten and Long and win Brooklyn by a small, but convincing margin. All this results in the big upset of the evening.

NJ-GOV: Chris Christie(R) 59-41 over Barbara Buono(D). GOP HOLD.

Governor Christie has retained high support from all sides ever since the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and his support seems to have cemented in the wake of the boardwalk fires. While his polling has seemed to be falling in recent weeks, I'd say it's more a matter of Democrats finally deciding to vote for the candidate of their party. While Buono will not win, she could be seen as a likely successor to disgraced Senator Bob Menendez in 2018.

VA-GOV: Ken Cuccinelli(R) 52-47 over Terry McCauliffe(D). GOP HOLD.

Ken Cuccinelli's been on the road promoting his latest jobs plan and education initiatives(you can read all about his 12-step plan) to positive reviews, while Terry McCaulliffe has been deflecting charges of corruption and cronyism from his days as both a Green Tech adviser and a Clinton campaign lackey. The debates will soon be upon us, and a contrast will be made not just in ideas, but also in appearance(think Kennedy/Nixon). Cuccinelli comes across as young and telegenic, versus Old Crusty McCauliffe's stiffness(he is everything Democrats rather unfairly made Romney into). Ideas will only ice the cake. Cuccinelli can articulate his vision clearly and cohesively, while McCauliffe will be reliant solely upon rehearsed talking points and will be constantly on the defensive over Green Tech, his seedy dealings while in DC, and his glaring personal problems(he brags in his autobiography about things which make him out to be the shadiest of the shady). Cuccinelli will win, and not by a particularly narrow margin. Down-ballot, Mark Obershain(R) will beat Mark Herring(D) for the AG position 54-46(GOP HOLD), while the GOP will sustain a narrower than expected defeat in the LG contest{Ralph Northam(D) will defeat EW Jackson Sr.(R) 52-48(DEM GAIN)}.


2014


US Senate:

AL-SEN: Jeff Sessions(R) runs and wins unopposed. GOP HOLD.
AK-SEN: Mead Treadwell(R) 53-47 over Mark Begich(D). GOP GAIN.
AR-SEN: Tom Cotton(R) 55-45 over Mark Pryor(D). GOP GAIN.
CO-SEN: Ken Buck(R) 51-48 over Mark Udall(D). GOP GAIN.
DE-SEN: Chris Coons(D) 60-38 over Tom Kovach(R). DEM HOLD.
GA-SEN: Paul Broun(R) 55-45 over Michelle Nunn(D). GOP HOLD.
HI-SEN: Brian Schatz(D) beats Coleen Hanabusa(D) 52-48 in the Primary, wins unopposed in the General Election. DEM HOLD.
ID-SEN: Jim Risch(R) runs and wins unopposed. GOP HOLD.
IL-SEN: Dick Durbin(D) 56-43 over Joe Walsh(R). DEM HOLD.
IA-SEN: Bob Vander Plaats(R) 50-49 over Bruce Braley(D). GOP GAIN.
KS-SEN: Tim Huelskamp(R) 66-34 over Tom Holland(D). GOP HOLD.
KY-SEN: Mitch McConnell(R) 57-43 over Alison Lundergan Grimes(D). GOP HOLD.
LA-SEN: Jeff Landry(R) 52-48 over Mary Landrieu(D). GOP GAIN.
ME-SEN: Susan Collins(R) 58-42 over Chellie Pingree(D). GOP HOLD.
MA-SEN: Ed Markey(D) 62-38 over Michael Sullivan(R). DEM HOLD.
MI-SEN: Terri Lynn Land(R) 52-46 over Gary Peters(D). GOP GAIN.
MN-SEN: Al Franken(D) 54-44 over Mike McFadden(R). DEM HOLD.
MS-SEN: Thad Cochran(R) runs and wins unopposed. GOP HOLD.
MT-SEN: Champ Edmunds(R) 59-41 over Dirk Adams(D). GOP GAIN.
NE-SEN: Shane Osborn(R) 60-40 over Chris Beutler(D). GOP HOLD.
NH-SEN: Charlie Bass(R) 50-48 over Jeanne Shaheen(D). GOP GAIN.
NJ-SEN: Cory Booker(D) 53-47 over Steve Lonegan(R). DEM HOLD.
NM-SEN: John Sanchez(R) 51-49 over Tom Udall(D). GOP GAIN.
NC-SEN: Greg Brannon(R) 53-45 over Kay Hagan(D). GOP GAIN.
OK-SEN: Jim Inhofe(R) 72-26 over Matt Silverstein(D). GOP HOLD.
OR-SEN: Jeff Merkeley(D) 53-43 over Jason Conger(R). DEM HOLD.
RI-SEN: Jack Reed(D) runs and wins unopposed. DEM HOLD.
SC-SEN: Nancy Mace(R) 64-36 over Jay Stamper(D). GOP HOLD.
SD-SEN: Mike Rounds(R) 67-33 over Rick Weiland(D). GOP GAIN.
TN-SEN: Lamar Alexander(R) 70-29 over Larry Crim(D). GOP HOLD.
TX-SEN: Louie Gohmert(R) 55-43 over John Sharp(D). GOP HOLD.
VA-SEN: Mark Warner(D) 65-35 over EW Jackson Sr.(R). DEM HOLD.
WV-SEN: Shelley Moore Capito(R) 57-41 over Natalie Tennant(D). GOP GAIN.
WY-SEN: Liz Cheney(R) 64-34 over Keith Goodenough(D). GOP HOLD.

GOP +12, bringing them from 45 seats to 57, making the GOP the majority party.

Governors:

AL-GOV: Robert Bentley(R) 63-36 over Craig Ford(D). GOP HOLD.
AK-GOV: Sean Parnell(R) 58-39 over Byron Mallot(D). GOP HOLD.
AZ-GOV: Ken Bennett(R) 55-42 over Fred DuVal(D). GOP HOLD.
AR-GOV: Asa Hutchinson(R) 54-45 over Mike Ross(D). GOP GAIN.
CA-GOV: Jerry Brown(D) 57-41 over Tim Donnelly(R). DEM HOLD.
CO-GOV: Tom Tancredo(R) 52-46 over John Hickenlooper(D). GOP GAIN.
CT-GOV: Tom Foley(R) 51-49 over Dan Malloy(D). GOP GAIN.
FL-GOV: Rick Scott(R) 51-48 over Charlie Crist(D). GOP HOLD.
GA-GOV: Nathan Deal(R) 58-41 over Connie Stokes(D). GOP HOLD.
HI-GOV: Neil Abercrombie(D) runs and wins unopposed. DEM HOLD.
ID-GOV: Butch Otter(R) runs and wins unopposed. GOP HOLD.
IL-GOV: Dan Rutherford(R) 53-44 over Pat Quinn(D). GOP GAIN.
IA-GOV: Terry Branstad(R) 60-37 over Bob Krause(D). GOP HOLD.
KS-GOV: Sam Brownback(R) 60-39 over Paul Davis(D). GOP HOLD.
ME-GOV: Paul LePage(R) 40-37-19 over Mike Michaud(D) and Eliot Cutler(I). GOP HOLD.
MD-GOV: Doug Gansler(D) 63-37 over David Craig(R). DEM HOLD.
MA-GOV: Charlie Baker(R) 50-48 over Don Berwick(D). GOP GAIN.
MI-GOV: Rick Snyder(R) 52-48 over Mark Schauer(D). GOP HOLD.
MN-GOV: Kurt Zellers(R) 51-47 over Mark Dayton(D). GOP GAIN.
NE-GOV: Pete Ricketts(R) 68-32 over Annette DuBas. GOP HOLD.
NV-GOV: Brian Sandoval(R) 58-40 over Steve Sisolak(D). GOP HOLD.
NH-GOV: George Lambert(R) 50-49 over Maggie Hassan(D). GOP GAIN.
NM-GOV: Susana Martinez(R) 53-45 over Gary King(D). GOP HOLD.
NY-GOV: Andrew Cuomo(D) 58-38 over Bob Turner(R). DEM HOLD.
OH-GOV: John Kasich(R) 52-45 over Ed FitzGerald(D). GOP HOLD.
OK-GOV: Mary Fallin(R) 79-21 over RJ Harris(D). GOP HOLD.
OR-GOV: John Kitzhaber(D) 51-43 over Dennis Richardson(R). DEM HOLD.
PA-GOV: Tom Corbett(R) 50-47 over Rob McCord(D). GOP HOLD.
RI-GOV: Allan Fung(R) 49-48 over Gina Raimondo(D). GOP GAIN.
SC-GOV: Nikki Haley(R) 54-46 over Vincent Sheheen(D). GOP HOLD.
SD-GOV: Dennis Daugaard(R) runs and wins unopposed. GOP HOLD.
TN-GOV: Bill Haslam(R) 65-33 over Craig FitzHugh(D). GOP HOLD.
TX-GOV: Greg Abbott(R) 56-42 over Wendy Davis(D). GOP HOLD.
VT-GOV: Peter Schumlin(D) runs and wins unopposed. DEM HOLD.
WI-GOV: Scott Walker(R) 53-46 over Mary Burke(D). GOP HOLD.
WY-GOV: Cindy Hill(R) beats Governor Matt Mead(R) 52-48 in the Primary, and wins unopposed in the General Election.

GOP +8, which brings them to 39 Governorships.

US House of Representatives:

GOP: AZ-1, AZ-2, AZ-9, CA-3, CA-7, CA-9, CA-26, CA-36, CA-41, CA-53, CO-7, CT-4, CT-5, FL-9, FL-18, FL-26, GA-12, IL-10, IL-11, IL-12, IL-17, IA-1, IA-2, KY-3, ME-2, MA-4, MA-6, MA-9, MN-1, MN-7, NV-4, NH-1, NH-2, NJ-6, NY-1, NY-18, NY-21, NC-7, OR-5, PA-17, TX-23, UT-4, WV-3
Democrats: CA-31, CO-6, NY-11

GOP nets 40 seats, bringing them to 274 in the House.

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