The big story tonight is New Jersey where Republican Chris Christie has been declared the winner of the gubernatorial contest against incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine.
Republicans also won huge in Virginia where Bob McDonnell has taken the governor seat in a 58% to 41% victory over Democrat Creigh Deeds. The Virginia Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General seats also went hard Republican winning by similar margins over their Democrat opponents. Republicans will also pick up seats in the state House of Delegates as well.
Report on VA/NJ from Fox News:
WASHINGTON — Republican gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia mark a troubling turn for President Obama, whose personal efforts couldn’t stop the fall of Democrats facing a voter backlash over the economy and a notable uptick in the government’s would-be role in people’s lives.
Obama’s 2008 victory in Old Dominion had marked an historic breakthrough for Democrats who hadn’t won Virginia’s electoral votes since 1964. The fight in the Garden State was more grueling than usually accompanies Democratic campaigns in the reliably blue state of New Jersey.
So the setbacks demonstrate the difficulty of presidential leadership following a campaign built on promises of unity followed by divisive policies and a relentless campaign approach toward big legislative issues like the stimulus and health care bills.
“What this is tonight, this victory here tonight, is a warning shot, and it says to the moderate Democrats in the House that they ought to think twice about continuing to pursue the policies of this White House and (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi,” said Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor.
In Virginia, Republican Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell roundly defeated Democrat R. Creigh Deeds while GOP Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling won a second term and Republican Ken Cuccinelli was elected attorney general. It was the first time the GOP took the top three spots since 1997.
“We have really had a run of wins and we got used to winning and that makes it tough,” said outgoing Virginia Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine. “We have to give credit where credit is do they ran a great campaign.”
“You guys are making this tougher than this has to be,” a resigned Deeds told the still chanting audience at his “victory party.”
In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie pulled off a stunning upset over incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine, who was facing a backlash over property taxes and other economic issues. Independent Chris Daggett also pulled about 6 percent of the vote.
Here’s a clip of Bob McDonnell’s victory speech from Richmond, VA:
Here is Republican Chris Christie’s victory speech from New Jersey:
Democrat Bill Owens was victorious over Conservative Doug Hoffman in the New York 23rd congressional seat race winning 49% to 45%.
With that, my predictions held up to be two-thirds correct. My guess is that Hoffman will return in 2010 with the full backing of the GOP to make a real run at this seat or perhaps another upstate New York congressional district.
All-in-all, the talk of some permanent Democrat realignment thanks to President Obama is total nonsense, the GOP won huge in the bluest of blue states, New Jersey. Furthermore, Virginia went hard conservative, very hard for a candidate with staunchly conservative positions who ran against big government liberal policies.
President Obama spent numerous days campaigning for Corzine and he was rebuked, as he was in Virginia, two states which went handily for Obama in 2008. If that doesn’t speak to the disgusted feelings from voters toward Washington, I don’t know what does.