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  • VA RECOUNT?

    VA RECOUNT? It was widely reported this morning that both George Allen and Jim Webb 's camps were gearing up for a recount. Indeed, with Allen's margin oscillating between 2000 and 20,000 votes it seems unlikely that we'll have a defnitive winner of this race tonight. By extension that means control of the Senate may remain in doubt Sidenote: I'm starting to wince every time I hear the CNN "experts" emphasize the cultural conservatism of the relatively successful red state Democratic candidates like Webb. He didn't gain traction because of his opposition to gay rights,he ran on economic populism, opposition to the Iraq misadventure and other core Democratic issues -- the same ones that won Ohio for culturally liberal Sherrod Brown . --Ben Adler
  • CATHOLICS FOR CASEY....

    CATHOLICS FOR CASEY. I hesitate to report this, since I have argued for years that there really isn't a Catholic vote (votes among Catholics tend to break along the same lines as the general population). With that caveat, I pass on the word from MSNBC that Casey handily beat Santorum among Catholics, winning 57 percent of Catholics, according to exit polls. As I write, Santorum is giving his concession speech, calling Casey "a good man" who will do "a good job" for the people of Pennsylvania. Then he insisted his supporters cough up round of applause for Casey, which is a pretty classy act, especially from a guy who has compared queer folk to practioners of bestiality. --Adele M. Stan
  • CARCETTI WINS.

    CARCETTI WINS. Here . (Of course, O'Malley is totally not Carcetti . Not at all.) --Sam Rosenfeld
  • STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

    STRANGE BEDFELLOWS My family popped the champagne when CNN announced Casey �s victory. My mother-in-law said in her toast that never in her life did she imagine voting for someone who is anti-choice. I was surrounded by a room full of overjoyed feminists and dogs -- my mother-in-law had such strong animosity toward Santorum because of the despicable comments he made equating homosexuality to bestiality that she recently founded PISS (Pets Insulted by Senator Santorum). No one at the party hesitated in voting for Casey today, and yet as soon as CNN cut to a break, they began discussing whether Casey would vote the party line on reproductive rights issues. I guess when the champagne is flowing and things are looking good for the Democrats at the moment, it�s easy to get optimistic. If we really wanted to get ahead of ourselves, however, we wouldn�t just be talking about how Santorum�s loss brings the Democrats one Senate seat closer to control. We�d also be thinking of 2008, and how...
  • WEBB - ALLEN: EXTREEEEEEEEEEEMELY TIGHT.

    WEBB - ALLEN: EXTREEEEEEEEEEEMELY TIGHT. Take a look at this . Note who may lose this for Webb -- the Green candidate. UPDATE: Commenters point out that the Independent Green Party, of which this candidate is part, is very different from the Green Party. --Sam Rosenfeld
  • MADAME SOON-TO-BE SPEAKER SPEAKS.

    MADAME SOON-TO-BE SPEAKER SPEAKS. "We have to go back to work!" Nancy Pelosi declared to a crowd of cheering supporters, referring not (yet) to the task of undoing the last six years of damage wrought upon the country. Rather she was cautioning that the polls haven't closed out west yet, and there is a lot of phonebanking left to do. Things are looking good for Pelosi, though, who looks soon to become the first female speaker of the house in American history. Just moments later KY-3 was called for the Dems -- a major pickup. If they can win in Kentucky they can win anywhere, it would seem. -- Ben Adler
  • BELLWETHER'S A RINGING.

    BELLWETHER'S A RINGING. Earlier in the day I said that CT-05 could be a bellwether for the northeast. Alec in the field says that challenger Chris Murphy is up 10 percent in the staunchly Republican town of Southbury. --Mark Leon Goldberg
  • FAIR AND BALANCED? EVERY NOW AND THEN.

    FAIR AND BALANCED? EVERY NOW AND THEN. Earlier this evening, Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron held up a flyer he said had reportedly been distributed in an African-American area in Maryland that railed against the Democratic senatorial candidate, Ben Cardin , who is fighting for the seat of retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes against African American Republican Michael Steele . I couldn't catch the copy on the flyer word for word as Cameron waved it in front of the camera, but the headline was, "Ben Cardin Exposed!" It went on to accuse Cardin of being against Jesus and black people. Cameron said that when he called the number printed on the flyer, he got a recorded message that simply told the caller to vote for Michael Steele. Steel's campaign told Cameron that they had nothing to do with the flyer. --Adele M. Stan
  • A SAD MOMENT.

    A SAD MOMENT. I send my most deepest condolences to K-Lo , who can't even bring herself to utter the enemy's name. Pennsylvania has been called for Bob Casey . --Ezra Klein
  • LAMONT: NOT A...

    LAMONT: NOT A SCHUMER FAN. This anecdote is a few hours old now, but Alec Oveis reported that early this evening he ran into Ned Lamont in CT-05 and they chatted for a few minutes. DSCC chair Chuck Schumer 's name came up. Lamont shook his head ruefully (ok, remember, this is secondhand -- from Alec's description, I detected some rue) and said, to paraphrase, "Schumer...Schumer was pretty hard on us. He played this very tactically from day one." His meaning -- "Schumer screwed me" -- seemed plain enough. --Sam Rosenfeld

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