Virginians elected Democratic operative Terry McAuliffe, even though he had never held elective office, supports gun control, champions same-sex marriage, and is militantly pro-abortion. The once-reliably Republican state picked him over the socially-conservative attorney general Ken Cuccinelli. My prediction: Terry McAuliffe, whose career has been defined by his friendship with Bill Clinton, will eventually run for president (but won’t against Hillary Clinton).
Meanwhile, fiery Republican moderate Chris Christie was overwhelmingly re-elected governor in New Jersey, which usually votes Democratic. My prediction: This positions him as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
In other election results, New Yorkers elected avowed leftist Bill Blasio to be their mayor, the first non-Republican in 20 years. Colorado, having legalized recreational marijuana use, now decided to tax the heck out of it, levying a 25% tax. Washington state rejected a measure that would require genetically-modified food to be labeled. Houston rejected a plan to fix up the Astrodome, meaning the first domed baseball stadium will face demolition. And Takoma Park, Maryland, became the first city to give the right to vote to 16-year-olds.
What does all of this mean? Some observers are saying that this election marks the end of the Tea Party movement as an effective political force. Are they right? Any interesting or significant election results from where you are? [Read more…]