Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Talking Point

Anon 7:38 said:According to the State Board of Elections website, Bolling won by 23,000 votes. That means, if less than 12,000 people across the State switched their votes, the underfunded campaign of a very liberal and abrasive candidate would have been successful. Or, if the 45,000 people who voted in the Governors race but not in the LG race voted in the latter race, the results could have been different. Any other Democrat other than Byrne would have won yesterday. I cannot believe that this marginal victory against a very weak opponent is being spun as some sort of mandate. I agree, except for Baskerville, who still might have lost. Byrne most likely ran strong with minorities, and cities=Baskerville's base. If Chap or Puckett had won, both down-ticket races would be in the hands of the Democrats. Thoughts?

8 Comments:

At 11/09/2005 08:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I concurr. The fact that Byrne came so close in Virginia is NOT a demosntration of GOP strength inthe face of Tim Kaine's domination. It is a sign of incredible weakness. Now, LT races generally are pretty wacky, because the amount of people who are actually informed about the candidates is usually VERY low: lower than the other two statewide races. Heck: if liberals in Hampton Roads followed the Virginia Pilot's advice and voted Potts for LG, and coservatives did not, that enough could have made he difference.

 
At 11/09/2005 08:38:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

The regional balance was just not there.

Now I am worried Byrne recieving this much support, might make her believe she can run AGAIN for something.

Maybe even Congress..against Tom Davis.

 
At 11/09/2005 08:42:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

Didn't that race also have the greatest number of write-in votes? I know Sean Connaughton got at least on write-in in Falmouth (no not from me).

 
At 11/09/2005 09:23:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

He got at least 4 in Lees Corner.

 
At 11/09/2005 09:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doing the math -- since there are 2426 precincts statewide, if only 5 voters per precinct across Virginia switched their votes, Leslie Byrne would be our LG. Scary!

 
At 11/10/2005 12:47:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

that is scary.

What is going on in our state?

 
At 11/10/2005 05:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From today's RTD:

"It's a surprise that Leslie Byrne was competitive in Virginia to begin with," said Mark Rozell, a political analyst at George Mason University. "A more centrist candidate easily would have won. But voters differentiated between her and the top of the ticket."

 
At 11/10/2005 03:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leslie should run for Governor next year.

That way, Republicans can be sure to win for Governor, no matter who their nominee is!

 

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