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November 5, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Chris Christie won big, epically big, in New Jersey. He emerges tonight as the GOP favorite for 2016. That’s my objective analysis, not what I want. He did do well with voters the GOP absolutely needs and has a problem attracting. Very well. He captured 21% of the black vote, for instance. That ain’t nothing.

Bill de Blasio, the Sandinista-loving Communist, won and will be mayor of New York as expected. It’s only a matter of time before he wrecks that city and it needs a second Rudy Giuliani to come along and save it again. Why New Yorkers chose to follow Detroit’s and Chicago’s lead is anyone’s guess, but they have, and the consequences will be theirs. But at least Spitzer and Weiner have been rejected and will not wield any political power.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been projected to win the governor race in Virginia. Republican Ken Cuccinelli was outspent heavily, smeared, largely abandoned by the GOP brain trust, never endorsed by the outgoing Republican lieutenant governor, yet still managed to close the gap in the closing days by hammering away on Obamacare. Virginia’s exit poll shows that 53% in the state oppose Obamacare, compared to 45% who support it. The government shutdown certainly didn’t help Cuccinelli in a state increasingly heavy with Beltway bandits, but the fake Libertarian candidate plus his own lousy campaign plus plain voter ignorance plus dirty shenanigans plus Bob McConnell’s ending unpopularity probably did him in.

It’s now nearly a given that Virginia will have the most corrupt governor in its history. Terry McAuliffe is a self-dealer who will use the state to build a platform for Hillary 2016 and line his own pockets. That’s what he does. Evidently a majority of Virginians either don’t know that, or they do and don’t have a problem with it. It’s only a matter of time before Gov. Rick Perry shows up in the Old Dominion to poach its non-government businesses. How many gun manufacturers will Virginia have left after four years (unless McAuliffe’s term ends early due to prison) of an extremely anti-Second Amendment governor? It’s too easy to pick up and move now, and Texas is just too inviting.

To the extent that Virginia says anything nationally, and it’s easy to over-interpret it, it says that even an outspent and outgunned candidate leading a divided party can make serious headway just by pounding a single issue: Obamacare. Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu are among the red state Democrats who will not be getting any sleep tonight, or any time soon. The Democrats’ hold on the Senate is shakier than they would like.

Barack Obama is still an exposed liar pushing an unpopular law that is hurting millions of Americans. He isn’t on any ballot next year, but the Democrats are stuck with him and his indefensible deceptions.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Can anybody here spell "Libertarian"? I don't see a lot of coverage of the "Libertarian" candidate in Virginia. Did 7% of the VA vote just vanish, or get cancelled out?

You are looking at 2016, folks, where the "Libertarians" will run a candidate that will draw off just enough self-righteous, self-identified conservatives to ensure that the Democrats will never pay for their crimes by losing power. And the people of VA will suffer under one of the most corrupt governors in their history.
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Somehow we need to figure out how to win elections in the face of idiots like you. Do you just like handing the Communists a victory? Effin' iidiot!
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The difference was the Sarvis creature, who has NO future in Virginia statewide offices.

We have long memories 'round these parts, Mr. Sarvis.

I find it extremely interesting that as of this writing, the Democrat candidate for Lieutenant Governor and BOTH candidates for AG have higher vote-tallies than McAuliffe.

What does THAT tell you?

That a Trojan Horse "Independent" candidate and out-of-state money to buy relentless negative attack ads WORKS...even with a sleazy operative like McAuliffe
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Yes the fake libertarian, and the McCauliffe money and dirty smears won it for him. But I think Cuccinellis extreme no rape exception stance on abortion did not help with women voters. This hearkens back to Akin, Murdock, and O'Donnel. I am fine with socons who are also tea party conservatives on all other issues. But be a mainsream socon and stop with the rape stuff already. And its fine to oppose gay marriage, but refrain from any gays are the scurge of the earth sinners stuff as well.
When tea party groups want to put the tea party stamp on candidates in the future, I hope they look mainly for tea party issues, which are not mainly socon issues, and stay away from the really fanatical socon types.
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Time to check Sarvis's bank account and also the DNC's.Obama care did not beat Cuccinelli.Dirty tricks by liberals(designed by Alinski)once again cheated the American voter.Sarvis has joined a long list of scumbags.Oh to be 50 years younger and meet Sarvis face to face.
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Here is an interesting stat: the exits polls gave McAuliffe a +9 with women voters. That suggests that social issues were not the deciding factor in the race. The gender gap isn’t based on abortion. It is based on single women, particularly single mothers, substitution of the state for a male partner. That suggests that the Libertarian claim that supperting abortion will attract women voters is false. Abortion is not what attracts male-less women. Big government programs are the draw.

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Depends on who wins the AG race. Also with 65-67 seats in the House of Delegates going to the Republicans it may be impossible for McAuliffe to do much to get himself arrested.
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As a rural Virginian I kept up with this race and sadly watched as McCauliffe crept up to and eventually overtook Cuccinelli as the final one-third of the precincts – I assume the larger and more liberal ones – began reporting.
Three things about this race:
First, every House of Delegates race I saw reports on went in the Republican’s favor, and all were in the 60-40 or 70-30 range. Virginias house has a 67-33 Repub majority. That gives an idea of the mood of the country. Even Cooch’s loss was in a way a hollow win, as he wasn’t even expected to be competitive a week ago. Unfortunately, and I fear this is the new norm, the main population has again been overruled by the liberal population centers (NOVA dipshits).
Second, I blame Cooch in part for this defeat. Lt. Gov. Bolling would have trashed McCauliffe had he not been screwed out of the Republican nomination.
Third, I really dread what this assclown will try to impose on Virginia.
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But Bolling took his marbles and went home in protest. Cooch may not have been our first choice, but he was our only choice. Bolling and the establishment gifted this race to McAwful.
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Death to the Republican Party.
Long live the Tea Party.
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