November 4, 2014

HAPPY ELECTION DAY!:

Just went and voted, which I always (almost) find thrilling. 

Turnout seems lower in Hanover than usual--which (napkin analysis warning) suggests Dartmouth students aren't turning out in the number they would in a presidential or if Democrats were otherwise energized.  

One cool thing is that this is the first election in a long time where the whole top of the ticket in NH is unpredictable.  Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen aren't just incumbents, they're as good a candidates, and as popular, as anyone the Democrats are running anywhere this year.  If the GOP carries the gubernatorial race in particular, it's going to be a bloodbath for Democrats tonight.  Meanwhile, Marilinda Garcia is an archetype of the sort of candidate the GOP will grow its base with, but she had such an ugly primary race that her oppponents may have cost the party an easy seat (since '94 this district has changed hands pretty much according to which party had a better election night nationally.   

Sure, it's nice having all your candidates win, but one does sense a heightened value to one's vote when they may not.

At any rate, I hope everyone gets out and votes and has fun doing it. See you back here tonight, if you get a chance, to chat about what's going on.

God Bless the Republic.

Posted by at November 4, 2014 3:19 PM
  

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