Election Night Thread #2: McDonnell Projected VA Winner; NJ Gov. Race Too Close to Call
Polls in New Jersey and Maine are now closed.
Leaked exit polls show New Jersey to be basically a tie, FWIW. There are no exit polls out of Maine. Virginia remains too early to call, which shocks me. The networks are being ultra-cautious. The latest numbers:
McDonnell (R) 62.86%
Deeds (D) 37.03%
Deeds is down by 117,000 votes.
The exit poll in New Jersey showed the economy and property taxes to be the main concerns, but voters believed nobody had a credible plan to deal with property taxes.
NBC News has finally projected Bob McDonnell (R) the winner in the Virginia Governor’s race. WHEN WILL OBAMA RESIGN?
…NBC now projects NJ-Gov: too close to call. It’ll be that way for a long while.
…(very) early returns: No on 1 winning 45-6 in Maine!
…The Virginia race really looks like a case of a depressed base. Conservatives turned out at basically the same numbers as they did in 2008. The Democrats didn’t turn out.
Even tradmed bellweather Howard Fineman is agreeing that Deeds’ Blue Dog agenda hurt him badly, and that Democrats need to not go to the center to win elections; they need to fight for people. “This is as much an expression of a tepid response to the Democratic base.” He’s on Olbermann, so watch what he says to Andrea Mitchell tomorrow. But that’s the right analysis.
…Lt. Governor and Attorney General called in Virginia for the Republicans as well. It was a clean sweep.