Tuesday, November 03, 2009

UK Times On McDonnell & GOP Sweep Of VA: A "Poll Blow" To Obama

The Lapdog Media in America will deny it, but our friends across the Pond in England see what happened so far tonight as a blow to Obama (UK Times via FreeRepublic).

Republican Bob McDonnell easily won the Virginia governor’s race last night just a year after the state went overwhelmingly for President Obama and the Democrats.

...The Virginia race and the contest for governor of New Jersey are viewed as the first referendum on Mr Obama and the Democratic Congress before the 2010 mid-term elections.

Mr Obama’s political influence was on the line in two state gubernatorial elections that could serve as warning signs for Democrats about America’s mood heading into the 2010 congressional elections.

Interviews with voters leaving polling stations in Virginia showed that independents broke heavily for the Republican contestant.

...Mr Obama campaigned in person for both Mr Deeds and John Corzine, the Democratic candidate for governor in New Jersey, and was featured in their advertisements. He characterised the two as necessary allies in the White House’s effort to advance his plans. He also deployed his political campaign arm, Organising for America, to try to ensure the swarms of party loyalists and new voters he attracted in 2008 would turn out.

He also sought to ensure the Democrats would pick up a vacant upstate New York congressional seat long held by Republicans. In that race, Democrat Bill Owens faced conservative Doug Hoffman.

Defeats in last night’s elections could make it harder for Mr Obama to persuade moderate Democrats from conservative areas to get on board. They have been hearing from voters worried about his expansion of government at a time of rising deficits.

They could point to future problems for Democrats, particularly in moderate districts and in swing states like Ohio, Colorado and Nevada. In 2010, most governors, a third of the Senate and all members of the House of Representatives will be on ballots.

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