Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Senate Results... So Far

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Tom Udall: best news so far

For many of us following the results on TV or radio last night, the first really good news was the political demise of Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina-- a state that later broke tradition and gave it's 15 electoral votes to Obama, elected Bev Perdue governor, and gave Blue America its first big congressional victory of the night with the convincing election of Larry Kissell over incumbent rubber stamp Robin Hayes in the 8th CD. Kay Hagan won with 2,207,819 votes (53%) over Dole's 1,855,352 (44%), a wider margin than either Obama or Perdue. Monday we explained how Dole cooked her own goose.

Several Senate races haven't been called yet but here's the lay of the land for the seats we were watching as of 9am (PT) Wednesday:

Colorado:

Moderate Democrat Mark Udall defeats reactionary scumbag Bob Shaffer with 51.87- 43.45%

Kentucky:

Reactionary Republican crook Miss McConnell defeats reactionary Democratic crook Bruce Lunsford 52.97- 47.03%

Maine:

Moderate Bush rubber stamp Susan Collins defeats stellar progressive Tom Allen 60.59- 39.41% (tragic)

Mississippi:

Right wing loon Roger Wicker defeats reactionary Dem Ronnie Musgrove, 55.34- 44.66%

Nebraska:

Right wing Bushbot Mike Johanns defeats solid young Democrat with a future Scott Kleeb, 57.74- 39.87%

New Hampshire:

Solid moderate Jeanne Shaheen defeats Bush rubber stamp John Sununu, 52.21 to 44.73%

New Mexico:

Shining progressive Tom Udall clobbers right-wing hack Steve Pearce, 61.13- 38.87%

Oklahoma:

The worst member of the entire Senate, James Inhofe defeats brilliant young progressive Andrew Rice, 56.68- 39.19%

STILL PENDING:

Oregon:

Jeff Merkley is looking good to win in Oregon. The two counties with the most outstanding votes are Multnomah and Lane, both Democratic strongholds that should put Merkley, an outstanding progressive, over the top. Most of the uncounted votes (180,000 of them) are in Multnomah County and that is PURE Merkley country. He leads there 66-29%

Alaska:

Proving that Todd Palin was on the right track about Alaska not being part of the Union-- although status similar to Guam rather than independence is what I think should happen, Alaskans not only voted overwhelmingly for their nitwit governor to be VP, but confounded months of polling to seemingly re-elect convicted felon Ted Stevens. With 99% of precincts counted, Stevens is leading Begich, 106,351 (48%) to 102,998 (47%). Alaskans also re-elected-- again confounding pollsters-- the next of their corrupt political hacks to face prison, Rep. Don Young... and by an even great margin. What an electorate! One can only imagine the state of the educational system.

Georgia:

With 99% of precincts reporting it looks like right-wing kook Saxby Chambliss has avoided a run-off by the skin of his teeth, apparently edging Jim Martin, 1,835,260 (50%) to 1,723,981 (47%). UPDATE: The Secretary of State says Chambliss just slipped to 49.9%, so I guess there will be a run-off. That will probably turn out to be an ugly waste of money.

Minnesota:

A few hundred votes separate Norm Coleman and Al Franken, 1,210,940 vs 1,210,370, so it's definitely recount time.

No Democratic incumbents were defeated and no filibuster-proof majority was achieved. Lieberman's clout is diminished.

13 Comments:

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS Howie for ALL your great blogging this election cycle.

You made a difference.

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howie,

You're a true hero for so many of us. Alan Grayson!?! Jim Himes?!! Donna Edwards!?! Are ya f-ing kidding me!?!?

I hope you can grow Blue America into an even bigger force that it already is, and you have my support all the way. I'd think 2010 not being a Prez year will help since we won't have to share money or attention with an incredible campaign like Obama's.

Some huge successes for us to build upon!

-bonkers

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, I was hoping Chambliss would go to a runoff. A perfect example of how the winner-take-all system we employ just doesn't work in most cases.

Still, we got Tom Udall, as you point out, and a handful of decent moderates. A few more races up in the air, too, so we may yet see Oregon and Minnesota move to the blue side.

Stevens, back in Congress? Really? Just shows how diverse America is. When I raise a child who asks, "Daddy, I want to be a thief, just like you. Will that mean I can't enter Congress?" I can now tell him, "Mine child, you could always be a thief and enter Congress; in fact, quite a few of the best thieves are there! But now, you can be a convicted thief, and still make it in." Ah, living in the US is good!

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boss Klein,

Congratulations to you and your 13+ Blue America wins

THANK YOU SO MUCH !

mad progressive love to ya

cbl
firedoglake

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Reid should dump Lieberman now, discounting him and thereby getting rid of Lieberman's power to extort.

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Reid grows a spine and dumps Lieberman, it'll be because Obama orders him to grow one. Harry the Paper Tiger roars mightily, but he always backs down.

Taking away Lieberman's chairmanship would be enough punishment, I think. It would really sting Lieberman's pride, which takes the place inside him of a functioning heart.

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Dr. Tex Nology said...

Howie,

THANKS for the great blogging and all you've done to help make this happen.

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good chance there will be a runoff in Georgia. Secretary of State's office is saying Chambliss slipped to 49.9% and he must get 50% +1 vote to win.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Howie:
As everyone else has said, thank you!! I can't wait for 2010. Do you think Carol Shea-Porter can defeat Judd Gregg? What about sending Snarlin' Arlen packing? And Wisconsin gets to give Senator Feingold another term!!

 
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