Okay, well my mourning took a little less time then expected. I started to reflect on the events of last night and I did some reading. Naturally this cheered me up. After a closer look at the election results I found that Republicans won most close races despite a terrible national environment, a true testament to our efforts. Many races the GOP should have lost last night were won or lost narrowly. Last night would have been much uglier, but for the strong voter turn out effort.
Decided by two percentage points or fewer:
23 races, combined margins, 73,753
14 wins, 9 losses
Decided by fewer than 5,000 votes:
19 races, combined margins, 50,544
13 wins, 6 losses
Decided by fewer than 4,000 votes:
15 races, combined margins, 32,452
10 wins, 5 losses
Decided by fewer than 3,000 votes:
9 races, combined margins, 11,368
6 wins, 3 losses
Decided by fewer than 2,000 votes:
7 races, combined margins, 6,392
4 wins, 3 losses
Decided by fewer than 1,000 votes:
4 races, combined margins, 1,886
3 wins, 1 loss
That’s pretty impressive.
I have decided to let the Democrats lead, it is much harder then it looks. Many of the Democrats that won yesterday were centrists. You have 2 years to prove yourself…and then we have the election that really matters. Plus, a situation that forces more bipartisanship is never bad.
I want to thank both Nancy & George for stopping by and commenting on the blog. Nancy, you whack job, try to keep it together and keep your hatred for the other half below the radar.
And Derek, I don’t feel bad about advocating my vote in the TX-22. It was the right thing to do. It was not done based on earmarks (you are so jaded already!), but rather based on my personal interaction with the Congressman. We were not going to lose the house by just one person. He is a good man and he wants the best for this area. He has some policies I do not agree with, but hell..so do most Republicans. Had he been a whack job like the new speaker, I would have advocated everyone just write in my name.
Until Nov ’08….