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Two Gubernatorial races go to Republicans McDonnell and Christie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One year ago today, Senator Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. His election as President feels as if it were held yesterday, but instead today there were several gubernatorial races that took place. Two states, Virginia and New Jersey that voted for Barack Obama just a year ago, elected Republican Governors today. The democratic candidates were supported campaigned by President Obama, but that didn't seem to make a difference.
President Obama needs all the support he can get, especially now as he seems to be struggleing with the overhaul of health care, passage of climate change legislation, and winning political support for handling the war in Afghanistan.
The elections today may be just a peek of what is to come, as 2010 will be the year for midterm elections, when the House of Representatives, most governorships and a third of the U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs. Republicans must be very excited, as this win will help them recruit candidates in preparation for next year's election, along with helping them raise money.
Virginia did not seem to be much of a surprise as Bob McDonnell defeated Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. Even though he happens to be the first GOP (Republican) governor in eight years, a majority of Democrats conceeded even before the race that most likely Bob McDonnell would win. He is a very popular figure in the state of Virginia. Usually the state votes Republican, but last years election of President Obama was the first time since 1964 the state voted for a Democrat.
In the state of New Jersey, the winner was Republican Chris Christie, who was previously a federal prosecutor. He just narrowly defeated the incumbunt Governor, Democrat Jon Corzine, by just 4 percentage points, 49 to 45 percent. he third party in the race was Independent candidate Chris Daggett, and he only took about 6 percent of the vote.
One important point with the elections in these two states, the independent votes overwhelmingly voted for the Republican candidate. It was the same independent voters that helped President Obama gain election as President of the United States just one year ago.
Even before the election, there were indications that lawmakers may not complete legislation on Obama's health care proposal this year. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid gave that revelation, but that most likely would be another obstacle for President Obama, as he was hoping the health care proposal would be law by the end of this year. Now it appears that the soonest the legislation may get voted upon will be in 2010, the midterm elections year.
So it looks like smooth sailing for the Republicans so far. Are they really on the road to recovery? The answer is still up in the air, because Tuesday's election results should be a warning to the Republican base. In the state of New York, the Republican nominee Dierdre Scozzafava left the race after loosing Conservative support. Ex-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin claimed that Dierdre Scozzafala was too moderate as she supported a third-party candidate Doug Hoffman. But the candidate herself, Dierdre Scozzafava endorsed the Democratic candidate Bill Owens, and all votes from voters that voted for Dierdre Scozzafava went to the Democratic candidate.


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