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12:15 PM ET, November 4, 2009


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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
In NY-23, Conservatives Win  —  The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens.  —  This is a huge win for conservatives.  —  “Whaaaa. . . ?” you say.  —  There are two big victories at work in New York's 23rd Congressional District.  —  First, the GOP now must recognize …
Watertown Daily Times:
HOFFMAN CLOSING ON OWENS  —  Democrat ahead of Conservative by 2,512 votes  —  Democrat Bill Owens is leading in the 23rd Congressional District race.  —  The Plattsburgh attorney has 50,884 votes compared to Conservative Doug Hoffman, a Lake Placid CPA, with 47,166 votes.
Michelle Malkin:
The GOP elite's $1 million object lesson — and the message of NY-23  —  Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude.  He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens.  Hoffman had zero name recognition.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Happened and Why?  —  The outcome of all seven contests that we were tracking tonight appears settled, or very nearly so:  —  Virginia Governor: Republican Bob McDonnell wins by 17 points, toward the upper end of the range predicted by the pollsters, although not to anybody's great surprise.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
The Obama magic has faded  —  All politics is local, they say, and Tuesday's off-off-year elections certainly had their local angles.  Jon Corzine has been a terrible governor even by the undemanding standards of terribly governed New Jersey.  Creigh Deeds, though he looked …
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Maine Voters Repeal Law Allowing Gay Marriage  —  In a stinging setback for the national gay-rights movement, Maine voters narrowly decided to repeal the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage.  —  With 87 percent of precincts reporting early this morning, 53 percent of voters had approved the repeal …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Wins Two Key Governors' Races; Bloomberg Prevails in a Close Contest  —  Republicans swept contests for governor in New Jersey and Virginia on Tuesday as voters went to the polls filled with economic uncertainty, dealing President Obama a setback and building momentum …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Gubernatorial contests serve as warning to Democrats  —  Off-year elections can be notoriously unreliable as predictors of the future, but as a window on how the political landscape may have changed in the year since President Obama won the White House, Tuesday's Republican victories in Virginia …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: Watertown Mayor: 'It's Over'  —  SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. - I caught Watertown, N.Y., Mayor Jeff Graham, who endorsed NY-23 Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman this weekend, looking very glum at Hoffman's election party.  I asked him what happened in Jefferson County, where Watertown is located …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Loses Upstate House Race in Blow to Right  —  SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — Democrats won a special election in New York State's northernmost Congressional district Tuesday, a setback for national conservatives who heavily promoted a third candidate in what became an intense debate over the direction of the Republican Party.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Lessons from Election Night  —  Republicans had their best night in five years yesterday, winning two governorships in states that went big for Barack Obama last year.  They came closer than some would have guessed in holding a California district while running a no-name against the state's Lieutenant Governor.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
'09 Exit Polls: Voters Wary of Economy, Obama Not a Factor
New York Post:
A deathblow to ObamaCare  —  CHRIS Christie's gutsy win …
Discussion: CNN
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Democrat Owens beats Conservative Hoffman who Sarah Palin …
Discussion: The Latest Word and
Domenico Montanaro /
Discussion: The Politico and Top of the Ticket
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Yesterday's Overwhelming Historic Republican Victory Makes Democratic Health Care Reform Just A Bit Easier  —  Most of the commentary about last night's elections has centered around Republican pickups in the New Jersey and Virginia statehouses.  But what's gone largely unnoticed …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE IMPACT ON HEALTH CARE.... To hear a certain cable news network put it, a couple of gubernatorial wins for Republican candidates undermines the chances of health care reform.  —  As it turns out, the Republican spin is largely backwards.  Neither McDonnell nor Christie will have votes on health care reform in Congress.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Extreme unintended irony from a WH official  —  An Obama aide anonymously accuses Anthony Weiner of being a coward and not “manning-up.”  —  From Ben Smith's Politico article on the surprisingly narrow victory by Michael Bloomberg in the New York mayoral race:
Discussion: Eschaton
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Secret copyright treaty leaks.  It's bad.  Very bad.  —  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked.  It's bad.  It says:
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog and QandO
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Fiorina officially announces Senate candidacy  —  Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina officially has announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate after months of speculation.  —  Fiorina will run as a Republican against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) The ex-Silicon Valley executive's entrance …
Discussion: The Page
Carly Fiorina / Orange County Register:
Why I'm running for Senate  —  Our most pressing problems today are too few jobs for Americans and too much spending in Washington.  —  CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM CALIFORNIA  —  Recommend  —  Admittedly, I have not always been engaged in the electoral process, and I should have been.
Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Police Clash With Protesters  —  DUBAI — Iranian authorities battled with opposition protesters in Tehran Wednesday, after demonstrators used the 30th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy as cover for their first significant protest in weeks.
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Opposition supporters clash with Iranian security forces
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and War in Context
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush, Clinton debate: Radio City  —  Suffice it to say that an entertainment company is in charge of this show:  —  Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in debate.  —  The two former presidents have have agreed to meet at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 25, according to MSG Entertainment …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Italian court to hand down verdict on CIA extraordinary rendition  —  MILAN — An Italian judge said he expected to issue a verdict Wednesday in a criminal trial that has exposed details of an alleged CIA operation that led to the kidnapping and torture of a Muslim cleric.
Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Dud, Baby, Dud: The Lesson of Doug Hoffman  —  “I believe America is turning the page to a new dawn.”  ~ Doug Hoffman, Concession Speech  —  Doug Hoffman lost his election last night.  He was supported by a plurality of talk radio entertainers, and a majority of former half-term governors of Alaska, but it wasn't enough.
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
ELEMENTARY EPIDEMIC: 11 Uncovered Videos Show School Children Performing Praises to Obama  —  Big Hollywood has already posted a couple disturbing videos of young school children singing/speaking praises to President Obama, but when eleven more dropped in our email box it came as quite a shock.
Discussion: and Nice Deb
Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Survey USA: Rand Paul surges for GOP, Mongiardo maintains lead in Dem. race  —  The Republican party in Kentucky has never seen anything like it.  —  Bowling Green eye doctor Rand Paul has no political experience, but with the support of the same people who backed his Dad, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, when he ran for president.
Five British soldiers shot dead by rogue Afghanistan policeman  —  Five soldiers have been shot dead by a “rogue” Afghan policeman in an attack at a police checkpoint.  —  Three Grenadier Guards and two Royal Military Police were attacked as they rested inside a compound.
Discussion: Guardian and
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Is Americans For Tax Reform On Our Side Still?  Its Tax Policy Director Clearly Is Not.  —  Dede Scozzafava, the has been former Republican candidate for NY-23, voted for tax increases in the New York legislature 198 times.  But, when Dede wanted to get in good with the Republican …
Discussion: Campaign Trail
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