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Races Are/Aren’t Referendum On Obama

More daring and decisive reportage from the Associated Press:

Races an early test of Obama influence

By Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer

WASHINGTON – In a very early test of President Barack Obama’s political influence, two states are choosing whether to continue Democratic rule while voters elsewhere elect a handful of congressmen and big-city mayors.

Elected just a year ago, the president has spent a considerable amount of time and energy trying to ensure that Democrats win governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey and pick up a GOP-held congressional seat in upstate New York.

In doing so, Obama raised the stakes of a low-enthusiasm off-year election season — and risked political embarrassment if any lost.

All three could

To be sure, it’s easy to overanalyze the results of such a small number of elections in a few places. The results will only offer hints about the national political landscape and clues to the public’s attitudes. And the races certainly won’t predict what will happen in the 2010 midterm elections.

"The results of these elections tend to be overread," former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Tuesday on NBC’s "Today." "These are local races. There’s 18,000 lifetimes between now and next November."

But, given that Democrats control the White House and Congress, defeats in Virginia — a new swing state in national elections — or New Jersey — a Democratic stronghold — would be setbacks for the White House, even though both states having long histories of electing governors from a political party opposite that of the president

Of the two races, a Republican victory in Virginia would be the most telling about potential trouble ahead for Democrats as they compete in swing states next fall

Conversely, New Jersey is a traditional Democratic-leaning state with an incumbent Democratic governor. As such, it’s the trickier of the two for Republicans to win — and yet the GOP just might.

As well as from Reuters:

Virginia, New Jersey races may test Obama influence

By Steve Holland Tue Nov 3

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans seeking a comeback from recent losses may pick up the governor’s seats in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday in campaigns that tested the limits of President Barack Obama’s influence.

Democrats were bracing for the unhappy possibility they could go down to defeat not just in those two states but in a congressional district in upstate New York where a conservative candidate was leading.

The election outcome could give some clues as to the national mood a year after Obama was elected president and a year before 2010 congressional elections that will represent the first clear referendum on Obama’s time in office.

While local factors influenced all three races, the weak state of the U.S. economy was an overarching issue that played a role in each state

You see, Mr. Obama either makes a big difference or none at all. We won’t know for sure until we see how badly the Democrats do today.

Naturally, if they win it will be because of the second (and third and fourth) coming of the Messiah to these states. If not, then it will all be due to the disastrous Bush economy and local issues.

Though they might be some mention of the bitter clinging racism of those who voted against Mr. Obama by voting against his fellow Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Races Are/Aren’t Referendum On Obama”

  1. RightWinger says:

    Here in Jersey, there is already an issue with absentee ballots and signatures not matching what is on file. If the race is close in the end, watch for the Democrats to try to steal this election, much like they did in Minnesota and Washington.

    God help us here if Corslime wins again.

  2. proreason says:

    The White House wrote those “news” articles.

  3. GL0120 says:

    The democrats needn’t worry; ACORN will saddle up and ride to their rescue!
    ACORN has quite a bit to lose if the balance of power tips towards conservatives, (note that I didn’t say republicans), and they’re not about to lose their financing and share of power.

  4. Confucius says:

    I love the smell of fear.

    Almost as much as the taste of whoop ass.

  5. canary says:

    The governors have alot of control over the states, and Obama wants rid of the states.


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