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10:40 AM ET, November 4, 2009


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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Michael Patrick Leahy / TCOT REPORT 2009©:
Hoffman Barnstorms NY 23 in Plane
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Democrat Owens beats Conservative Hoffman who Sarah Palin …
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP sweeps gov races; Dem wins N.Y.  —  Republican gubernatorial candidates racked up major wins for the GOP in Virginia and New Jersey Tuesday night as Democrats scored a single victory in a special congressional election in upstate New York.  —  Former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Year After Dousing, Republicans' Hope Rekindled  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican victories in the races for New Jersey and Virginia governors put the party in a stronger position to turn back the political wave President Obama unleashed last year, setting the stage for Republicans to raise money …
Associated Press:
Steele: Election Returns Show ‘Transcendent’ GOP  —  GOP Chairman Steele hails election results, says GOP ‘found its voice again’  —  An ebullient Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele asserted Wednesday that GOP victories in governors' races in New Jersey and Virginia demonstrate “a transcendent party” on the move again.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
'09 Exit Polls: Voters Approve of Obama, Wary of Economy
Washington Post:
Editorial: Lessons from Robert F. McDonnell's victory in Virginia
Discussion: Commentary
CBS News:
Exit Polls in Va. and N.J.: The Obama (Non) Factor?
Glen Bolger / TQIA:
Congratulations to Bob McDonnell; An Analysis of His Win
Discussion: The Fix
Daniel Stone / Newsweek Blogs:
Why Creigh Deeds Lost Virginia
Discussion: Associated Press and Macsmind
The Politico:
Dems, incumbents get wake-up call
Discussion: Gothamist and The Sarah Palin Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Win Key States
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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 …
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.
Susan M. Cover /
Mainers vote down gay marriage law  —  The measure is repealed in a close vote, 53-47 percent  —  PORTLAND — Maine voters on Tuesday narrowly voted to repeal a law that would have made the state one of a handful that allow same-sex couples to marry.  —  At 1 a.m., with 87 percent …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Maine Voters Overturn Gay Marriage Law
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: QandO
Gwen Hinze / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Leaked ACTA Internet Provisions: Three Strikes and a Global DMCA
Discussion: PC World
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.
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to debate at Radio City  —  Don't expect a Steel Cage Death Match, but it will be a presidential duel for the ages: ex-President George W. Bush versus predecessor Bill Clinton, for one night only.  —  The two ex-presidents have agreed to face off on the same stage …
Clemente Lisi / New York Post:   Former presidents to face off in debate
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Garamendi beats field for Tauscher's seat  —  (11-03) 23:36 PST — Democratic Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is heading to Washington, D.C., today to be sworn into Congress after beating four other candidates in a special election to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Walnut Creek.
Discussion: The Nation
Tim Alberta / The Politico:   Democrat wins Calif. special election
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Election 2009: Some Winners, Losers,  —  Winner: Robopolls.  Rasmussen's final poll, showing a 46-43-8 Christie win, was pretty damn accurate.  Polls using conventional human operators tended to show Corzine ahead.  They were wrong.  ** ... If you have a choice between Rasmussen and …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Daily Pundit
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