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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

2009 Elections

These odd year elections rarely, if ever, generate much interest as the Presidential electiions. American politics is all about checks and balances, and after the Democrats' large victory in 2008, the Republicans made a comeback.

The Republicans scored large victories in the two closely watched state governor elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Republicans Robert McDonnell and Christopher Christie won the Virginia and New Jersey state governor seats form the Democrats.

Michael Bloomberg won his third term as New York City mayor, but won by a surprisingly narrow margin despite considerably outspending his relatively unknown opponent William Thompson.

Because I am from the Washington D.C. region, the Virginia governor's race was the most closely watched by me, since I am inundated with the TV commercials. One explanation was that younger voters who voted Obama and the Democrats into victory in 2008 were absent in these boring off year elections.

Why Creigh Deeds Lost Virginia
A year ago, young voters, who usually vote Democratic, were 20 percent of the electorate; today the number was barely half. Among people over 60, who tend to lean conservative, the number doubled from 11 to 21 percent from last year.

The article also mentions Democrat candidate Creigh Deeds was too negative in his campaign, which certainly was true. Deeds should have presented more positive ads on himself and his vision for Virginia, which were noticably absent until two weeks toward election day.

Not to mention Deeds did have a stuttering speech pattern, as Bob McDonnell was the more eloquent speaker.

No matter whether you are Democreat, Republican, Independent, or whatever, American politics is about checks and balances and no one, especially those in power, should be complacent.

So what will the 2010 elections bring when there is much more publicity and federal seats at stake? We'll see, but no one should ever be complacent.


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