Virginia

Voters don’t always decide the outcome of elections

Voters don’t always decide the outcome of elections

Voters decide who wins an election, right? Not necessarily. In fact, we may see partisan operatives determine the winner in the razor-thin race for Virginia’s attorney general. After the initial count, Democrat Mark Herring is ahead of Republican Mark Obenshain by a mere 164 votes out of 2.2 million. If Herring remains on top after […]

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 […]

Obama campaigning for McAuliffe in Virginia

Obama campaigning for McAuliffe in Virginia

In  a closely-watched race that many believe showcases the decline of the tea party-backed Republican party, President Barack Obama is lending his political heft to Terry McAuliffe‘s campaign for Virginia governor while Republican Ken Cuccinelli is flying from airport to airport in search of votes. McAuliffe continues to hold a comfortable lead in most polls […]