November 22, 2006


Republicans Clinch House Races in Ohio, New Mexico (Associated Press, November 22, 2006)

More than a week after Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-N.M.) claimed a razor-thin election victory, her Democratic challenger conceded yesterday, saying that a recount would cost too much and that there was no guarantee it would reverse the result.

In Ohio's 2nd District, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) also clinched reelection yesterday when additional ballot counts gave her an insurmountable edge of about 3,200 votes over Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin. [...]

A handful of other House races remain contested:

· In North Carolina, a recount is underway in the 8th District. Rep. Robin Hayes (R) led Democrat Larry Kissell by 339 votes after the results were certified Friday night. Kissell then asked for the recount.

· In Ohio's 15th District, Rep. Deborah Pryce, a member of the House Republican leadership, led Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by 3,717 votes yesterday amid a count of provisional ballots.

· In Florida, state officials certified Republican Vern Buchanan the winner over Democrat Christine Jennings by 369 votes, or by less than 0.02 percent of the total. Jennings challenged the result Monday, asserting that touch-screen voting machines had malfunctioned. She asked a judge to order a new election.

If Democrats couldn't take these seats this November, they've got no shot with McCain at the top of the ticket in '08.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2006 8:34 AM

Watch the heads on the Rabid Right explode when the leading ticket is McCain/Lieberman.

Posted by: sam at November 22, 2006 8:48 AM

If Hillary falls back to earth (as appears to be happening) Joltin Joe will argue the people want a hawkish Dem and throw his hat in the ring again. He won't need to play second banana to McCain.

Posted by: AWW at November 22, 2006 9:05 AM

Hillary is not going to lose the Dem primary. Too much money, too much name, too much organization. It's McCain/Lieberman vs Clinton/Obama.

Posted by: sam at November 22, 2006 9:32 AM

The Yankees were going win 120 games this year and blow away everyone on the way to the World Series win. Didn't happen. Same thing will happen to Hillary.

Posted by: AWW at November 22, 2006 9:37 AM

Baseball is hard. Politics is easy.

Posted by: oj at November 22, 2006 9:53 AM

Well, Sam, I think the Rabid Right will be calmer then you think. They used up their cred on Miers, the ports deal, and the wall. After two years of Dems running Congress, they'll suck it up until the election is over....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at November 22, 2006 10:39 AM

RM Jr: After they wail and moan about the "conservative" candidate...

You should see their frantic search for one, projecting their own delusions on to the next savior... Allen (oops, never mind), Romney (flavor of the day), Brownback (who?), Newt (yeah, that's the ticket...), even Tancredo (i mean, how desperate can you get?)...

Posted by: sam at November 22, 2006 10:56 AM

I was on the fence about him but now know that Romney is (or was) pro-abortion. Plus he is a Mormon. Plus Lopez at NRO loves him. Not going to happen.

Stil McCain's race to lose with Rudy as the alternative.

Sam's right about the loudmouth libertarian Right. But wrong about GOP VP, it will be Jeb Bush, Lieberman does not help anywhere but Conneticut.

Posted by: Bob at November 22, 2006 1:26 PM