Election 2009 Live Blogging #NY23

11/4/2009 2:01 PM — Twitter Mania proves higher ratings than Cable TV for Election Night — Politico

11/4/2009 7:10 AM Bill Owens (D) wins the NY-23 election.  Massive voter turn out in Democrat leaning Saint Lawrence County put Owens over the top.  — NY TIMES

11/4/2009 07:00AM –  Analysis: Elections not a referendum on Obama

Washington (CNN) — Victories in New Jersey and Virginia Tuesday provided a major shot in the arm for the Republican Party heading into the 2010 elections, but the Democratic losses of these two governorships should not be interpreted as a significant blow to President Obama.

While the economy and jobs were the chief concern for voters in both states, 26 percent of New Jersey residents said property taxes was also a major issue, while another 20 percent mentioned corruption, according to CNN exit polling. In a similar CNN survey taken in Virginia, health care was the most important issue for 24 percent of the voters, while 15 percent named taxes and transportation was mentioned by 7 percent.

Further proof that this election was not solely focused on Obama, 56 percent of Virginians said that the president was not a factor when it came down to their vote. In New Jersey, that number increased to 60 percent of the people who went to the polls on Tuesday.

Source: CNN

11/4/2009 12:50 AM – Recap of wins and predictions

Virginia governor: McDonnell is projected winner

New Jersey governor: GOP’s Christie is winner, CNN projects

New York mayor: Bloomberg to win third term, CNN projects

Boston, Massachusetts, mayor: Menino wins, Globe says

Maine same-sex marriage vote: Early results are close

Medical marijuana in Maine: ‘Yes’ has lead

11/3/2009 11:37 PM  Off to bed.  Simon will be on in a few hours to continue updating.

11/3/2009 11:17 PM Watertown WWNY News is reporting voting machine irregularity in Upstate New York Race.  A Winner may not be known tonight.

11/3/2009 11:13 PM Maine gay marriage initiative is too close to call.

11/3/2009 11:00 PM  Rachel Maddow on MSNBC has reported that although the NY-23 race is to close to call at the moment Bill Owens (D) is in the lead by 3% over Doug Hoffman with 73% of the vote in.

11/3/2009 10:46 PM Early reports of voter intimidation by Hoffman supporters reported in Saint Lawrence County, NY — NYDailyNews

11/3/2009 10:13 PM  NBC News Announces that Christie wins as New Jersey Governor.

11/3/2009 10:06 PM Bloomberg wins 3rd Term as NY Mayor. — N”YTIMES

11/3/2009 9:50 PM  New Jersey still to close too call. — WP

11/3/2009 9:23 PM Still waiting results on Maine.

11/3/2009 9:16 PM Yahoo is reporting that Christie (R) has taken lead in New Jersey.

11/3/2009 9:12 PM  Despite election results, majority of voters approve of Obama’s job performance.  – ABC News

11/3/2009 9:10 PM New York Polls have closed. New Jersey too close to call.

11/3/2009 8:46 PM  New Jersey is too close to call.

11/3/2009 8:37 PM From First Read:

While the exit polls suggest that tonight’s New Jersey and Virginia contests aren’t a referendum on President Obama, they do point to some warning signs for the White House and the Democratic Party.

The first warning sign is withs independent voters. In New Jersey, Christie leads Corzine here by 25 points, 58%-33%. And in Virginia, McDonnell leads among indies by an identical 25 points, 62%-37%. As Domenico pointed out below, Obama won indies in Virginia last year by one point, 49%-48%.

The other warning sign is with people who are worried about the nation’s direction. In New Jersey, 90% said they are worried, and Christie leads with these folks by three points, 48%-45%. In Virginia, 84% say they are worried about the nation’s direction, and McDonnell leads among these people by 17 points, 58%-41%.

11/3/2009 7:57 PM The Associated Press & NBC News has declared Bob McDonnell (R) the winner of the Governor’s race.

11/3/2009 7:49 PM — Los Angeles Times has a great piece on what is wrong with both parties — Democrats and Republicans.   Definitely a must read!

11/3/2009:  7:39 PM — Talking Points Memo has an article on the White House moving away from a possible trifecta defeat tonight.  Democrats throughout the day have claimed that this election has no implication on 2010.   Meanwhile, Eric Cantor is on Hardball claiming that the Virginia election is a referendum on President Obama despite the fact that exit polls that the vote was based on local issues

11/3/2009:  7:35 PM  — Yahoo is also reporting that Virginia is to early to call.   However, the exit polls show that Independents swung away from the Democrats and towards the Republican Candidate.

11/3/2009:  7:17 PM  MSNBC is calling Too Early to Call on Virginia, whose polls closed at 7:00 PM.   Exit Polls show that Older Voters turned out in higher numbers and voters below thirty dropped in this election.  Further, the African American vote that poured in very high numbers for Obama dropped 5%.

11/3/2009 6:31 PM — Andrea Tantams on Fox News must have drunk some really wild cool-aid this morning on her way to the Fox Studios.   In an interview, she claimed that most Americans are conservative, and that New York is a blue state that is going to elect a conservative.  What she failed to mention was that this district has not elected a Democrat since the Civil War. This is Republican territory and to spew that it is not is just disingenuous.

11/3/2009 6:17 PM — The AP is reporting that voter turn out in Maine is at higher than expected levels.  This could strong affect the results of the Gay Marriage proposition.  Let us know what you think about this issue.

11/3/2009 4:37 PM — Andrea Mitchell interviewed Representative Peter King (R-NY) about the controversial election in NY State.   King stated that this is an “isolated” incident, because Scozafazza was a liberal.   I think Republicans are in denial that the grassroot campaign in NY, it really is not about Democrats or Republicans, it is about people not having their voices heard and candidates not representing their values.  Although, I strongly disagree with the politics of the Tea-Baggers, I do feel that candidates should vote for the will of the people not the will of their campaign coffers, which has been occurring for way to long.   Everyone has the right to Defend Their Vote against those that do not vote for the will of the people.

11/3/2009 4:09 PM  — Conservatives take AIM on Florida Governor Charlie Crist. — This is a great article from politico which features that inner party problems of the Republicans.  The right is very animated attempting to elect a Conservative to Very Conservative Upstate NY-23.   However, the problem is whether or not leaning that far to the right will be able to elect someone to a major office like Governor or President or US Senator, where everyone in the state gets to vote on the candidates.   New York has been a blue state for a very long time, therefore it is unlikely New York will back a major conservative candidate.  Even the last Republican Governor of New York, George Pataki was as liberal as Dede Scozafavva.

11/3/2009 3:19 PM — The latest on the Maine Gay Marriage Issue — AP

11/3/2009 1:29 PM — Gloria Borger from CNN writes a great article on the fall out of NY-23.   Will this emblazon the far right to begin to purify their bases in Primary Elections for individuals who might not be able to win a general election?  NY-23 is a mainly conservative area of upstate New York, and any victory there by the right is simply meaningless.   This would be like a liberal fight in San Francisco for the “true” progressive.   Although many conservative values are important to people in rural Upstate New York, the issues for the people concern “jobs” and a recession devastated area that has not really recovered since the 70’s.   In this area lower taxes and other conservative issues have not really helped the area expand or become innovative.   It’s still stuck where it was in the 70’s — plant closings and the major job employer in the area is Wal-Mart.

11/3/2009 12:32 am — David Ploufe says on the Today Show that these races do not matter and are 18,000 lifetimes from next November.   I think that many in Washington circles do not realize that there is a revolt going on both with the right and with the left.  — Reuters

11/3/2009 8:21 am — Going to take a quick break to watch a bit of the news shows on the Election.  I did find this article from NY Daily News rather interesting.  “Limbaugh, Palin urge the right to purge Moderates from the party!”

11/3/2009 8:14 am — Listening to Morning Joe — The gang is interviewing Tim Pawlenty (who has got involved in the New York race) — and I must admit that I am kind of creeped out by Pawlenty’s spinning whether or not Olympia Snowe should be a Republican.   This is such an interesting twist.   I do believe that people should “Defend Their Votes”, but Pawlenty does not even seem to be able to “describe” what they are actually defending.  *Boggles*

11/3/2009 7:59 am — Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough predicts who he believes will win on Tuesday on Huffington Post.

11/3/2009 7:33 am — The LA Times questions the viability of moderate Republicans who may face future challenges from Conservatives.   Although several races are mentioned in the article, I am beginning to wonder whether or not this has little to do with Obama, yet 2008 was a referendum against George Bush.  The difficulty with this scenario though, is that it could prevent parties ability to win future elections.   Could party purism eventually be dangerous?  Regardless of what side you are on, the issues of the voters are strongly ignored in favor of the benefits of elected officials remaining in Congress.

11/3/2009 6:55 am — Voting has begun in New York state in one of the most controversial elections in the state history.  NY-23 will select a replacement for John McHugh, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of the Army leaving a wide open field for its elected Representative.  According to the latest Siena Poll, Hoffman has a lead in the race, but the election will be decided by independent voters.  — WWNY

11/03/2009 05:39am – Stay Tuned for when all the action starts.  Your comments are welcome!


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