Terry McAuliffe

The data wars: Democrats still lead Republicans

The data wars: Democrats still lead Republicans

When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team’s technological prowess, allowing it to identify likely Democratic voters and get them to the polls. It was a sore point for Republicans, who came out of that election vowing to nullify […]

McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s new governor

McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s new governor

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and rainmaker for Bill and Hillary Clinton, was sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor on a mild and rainy Saturday. In an inaugural address on the south portico of the state Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, McAuliffe emphasized bipartisanship as he put several years of campaigning behind […]

Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

On Tuesday across America, voters had a strong message for tea party extremists who have hijacked the once-proud and formidable Republican Party. “Go to hell,” they told the tea party. “Go straight to hell.” That message was delivered strongly in Alabama where in a GOP Congressional primary runoff, business-backed Republican moderate Bradley Byrne convincingly defeated […]

Pragmatism and reality won big on election night

Pragmatism and reality won big on election night

Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost. In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch. In swing state Virginia, voters narrowly rejected Republican Ken Cuccinelli‘s uncompromising, conservative approach. If there’s a lesson from Tuesday’s off-year elections, it might be that during […]

Tuesday’s elections: A preview of what’s to come?

Tuesday’s elections: A preview of what’s to come?

The 2016 overtones were clear in this year’s two most high-profile elections. Republican Gov. Chris Christie‘s resounding re-election victory in Democratic-leaning New Jersey sets the opening argument for a possible White House run while Terry McAuliffe‘s gubernatorial victory gives fellow Democrats — if not his confidante Hillary Rodham Clinton, herself — a road map for […]

In elections from coast to coast, voters take over

In elections from coast to coast, voters take over

From rural Iowa to urban New York, voters across America will render judgment in a slate of political contests Tuesday, including in New Jersey and Virginia where gubernatorial race outcomes could highlight the Republican Party division between pragmatists and ideologues. Elsewhere, Colorado voters will set a tax rate for marijuana. New York City will elect […]

In Virginia, voters really don’t have much of a choice

In Virginia, voters really don’t have much of a choice

In Virginia, a state where self-declared independents and moderates represent the fastest-growing segment of the voting population, a governor’s election Tuesday will be referendums on both Obamacare and the tea party. While some see both issues declining in voter approval, Democrats are counting on the tea party being more unpopular than the President’s signature health […]