Wednesday, November 04, 2009

More election perspective

From First Read, some lessons from last night and some electoral history for Virginia and New Jersey:
After a while, you can't dismiss these trends: Yesterday became the NINTH-consecutive time (since 1977) that the party that won the White House lost Virginia's gubernatorial contest the following year. And yesterday became the SIXTH-consecutive time (since 1989) that the party controlling the White House lost New Jersey's gov race. Whether due to buyer's remorse, happenstance, or a combination of the two, those trends should give all us pause in making broad statements about last night's two contests -- and what they mean for the White House, the midterms, or the next presidential contest.



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