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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Post-Election Day Roundup

Posted by DavidNYC

Not too much doing in the swing states in yesterday's elections. The loss of the gubernatorial elections in KY & MS is disappointing, but neither is a swing state, even though KY went for Clinton twice. I recognize of course that there are plenty of other reasons to want Democratic governors, apart from Presidential politics. So I'm not saying these losses don't matter - far from it - but their ramifications are outside the scope of this site.

The Dems did well in the Virginia legislature elections, but as I understand it, most of their gains were confined to the northern VA suburbs of DC. While heartening, I think we still have a long way to go before the state winds up back in our column. But at least the momentum is (finally) going in our direction now - this was the first time 20 years that the Dems have added seats in the lower house.

Also reassuring were the results of elections in Pennsylvania, particularly the Philadelphia mayor's race. Democrats seemed to show up in force throughout the state, hopefully auguring good turnout next year.

Without a doubt, I think the most interesting swing state race will be Louisiana's gubernatorial election on Nov. 15th. I am sure that there will be plenty of discussion of this race over on Kos, but suffice it to say that things are neck-and-neck right now. I'm definitely not willing to hazard a prediction on this one, but after Landrieu's squeaker victory last year, I'll keep my fingers crossed and remain ever-so-slightly optimistic.

UPDATE: Reader Stratagem notes that the Democrats haven't seen an increase in their numbers in the House of Delegates in close to 30 years, not 20.

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