2010 Election Highlights and Observations

Election Roundup...

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Rubio wins big in Florida senate race (Newsmax)

Tea party favorite Marco Rubio capped his dramatic rise with an easy win Tuesday over Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek in the race for Florida's open Senate seat, keeping it with the GOP.

"We make a great mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party," Rubio told supporters at a rally, referring to his and other GOP wins around the country. "What they are is a second chance, a second chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago."

Rubio, a former speaker of the Florida House, was given little chance to defeat Crist when he announced his candidacy last year. Rubio will replace George LeMieux, who was appointed to the seat last year after Mel Martinez resigned.

Moments before the race was called, former Gov. Jeb Bush walked into the room where Rubio was watching returns and said, "Congratulations!" ...

Obama coalition frays amid voter angst (USA Today)

The voter coalition that elected President Obama and fortified Democratic congressional ranks just two years ago — independents, women, young people, blue-collar workers and more — fractured in the midterm elections Tuesday, either swinging to Republicans or staying home.

Economic angst, conservative opposition to the landmark health care law and independents' disappointment with Obama's failure to deliver on promises to change Washington all contributed to a dramatic political reversal.

The result: A Republican takeover of the U.S. House and a narrowed Democratic majority in the Senate, a rising anti-government Tea Party movement and the third tumultuous U.S. election in a row. It was the first time in more than a half-century that political power in the USA has swung so significantly in three consecutive elections. ...

Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio Results: Why Midwest Swing States Flipped to the GOP (CBS)

Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin are key swing states in the presidential election.

In 2008, President Obama won all three of these critical Midwest battlegrounds over John McCain. In 2010, however, these states swung to the Republican column in their Senate races which could portend problems for President Obama in 2012.

What happened in the two years that caused these states to turn from blue to red? ....

Jim DeMint's open letter warning new Senate conservatives (Wall Street Journal)

Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame a determined, partisan opposition to win their elections. The next campaign begins today. Because you must now overcome determined party insiders if this nation is going to be spared from fiscal disaster.

Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you here in the first place. The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy. Consider what former GOP senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott told the Washington Post earlier this year: "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them." ...

Republicans gain governorships (Politico)

Republicans picked up a dozen governorships Tuesday and may wind up with a couple more if final votes break their way in seven races that remain too close to call.

Not a single Republican incumbent lost, but two sitting Democratic governors from key states did: Ted Strickland in Ohio and Chet Culver in Iowa.

The wave swept a diverse batch of GOP winners into office, including a Latina in New Mexico, a Latino in Nevada and the daughter of Sikh immigrants in South Carolina.

The GOP pickups were a major blow to President Barack Obama on an already tough night. In addition to Ohio and Iowa, Republicans seized the executive mansions in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kansas, Maine, Tennessee and Oklahoma. More than half of the states will be keys to his reelection. ...

GOP regains control of House in historic elections (AP)

Republicans have seized control of the House for the first time since 2006, riding a wave of voter discontent and economic woes to directly challenge President Barack Obama's agenda.

House Republicans have captured 220 seats and were leading in 20 other races. Only 218 seats are needed for control of the House.

Republicans have picked up a net gain of 53 seats and were leading for another 13 Democratic-held seats. If current trend holds, Republicans could record their largest gains in the House in more than 70 years.

In 1938, the party gained 80 seats during the second term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. ...


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