Giffords Stand-in Wins Full Term in AZ

From the AP

Democrat Ron Barber has won a full term representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, squeaking out a win over Republican Martha McSally and giving Democrats a sweep of the state’s three competitive races for U.S. House seats.

Voters decisively picked Barber to fill out the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords term in a special election in June, but last week’s election was for a full term and was so tight it took until Saturday before a winner was clear. Barber and McSally each held leads since election night, with a difference of only a few dozen votes at times, before Barber steadily began pulling ahead.

By late Friday, Barber had a 1,402-vote margin with more than 285,000 votes cast in the race. Only about 15,000 provisional ballots remain to be counted in Pima County, although not all are in the 2nd District. An Associated Press analysis determined Barber’s lead could not be overcome.

A triple Yippie!

Dan Lungren Gone But Not Admitting It

A friend sent this clip on with these comments:

I’ve lived long enough to see this happen!  I first actively supported Bill Durston, a Vietnam vet; emergency room doctor; and past President of the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility in this mission. He was a brave warrior to chip away at Lungren’s base.  I am thrilled it has finally happened.  Congrats to Ami Bera.

Physician ousts GOP Rep. Dan Lungren in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Republican Rep. Dan Lungren lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera on Thursday in one of California’s most hotly contested congressional contests, but the congressman refused to concede.

Voters from the Sacramento suburbs ousted the veteran lawmaker in the race for the state’s newly redrawn 7th Congressional District. This was the second attempt for Bera, a 45-year-old physician who failed to unseat Lungren two years ago.

Bera was defeating Lungren by nearly 5,700 votes, or 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent, with about 38,000 provisional and vote-by-mail ballots outstanding in Sacramento County. The 7th Congressional District covers part of the county. The Associated Press made the call Thursday.


Newt Toots

From HuffPo:  Newt Dumbfounded by Obama Victory

 “The president won an extraordinary victory. And the fact is we owe him the respect of trying to understand what they did and how they did it.” He added, “But if you had said to me three weeks ago, Mitt Romney would get fewer votes than John McCain and it looks like he’ll be 2 million fewer, I would have been dumbfounded.”


Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, an adviser to former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Latino outreach, said Sunday the candidate’s failure with those voters was due to hardliners in the Republican party who were “scaring the heck out of them.”

The Hispanics I know were scared of the Republican party,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union” in a blunt assessment of Romney’s loss. “I think it has to do with our incredibly ridiculous primary process where we force people to say outrageous things, they get nominated, and they have to come back.”

 AND Karen Hughes

“And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue,” she wrote. “The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of ‘legitimate rape.'”

Obama Victory Speech

Latino Vote Devastated GOP Even Worse Than Exits Showed

From Talking Points Memo:

Mitt Romney lost Latinos by unprecedented margins — even worse than the initial exit polls showed — according to a study by Latino Decisions.

An election eve poll of 5,600 voters across all 50 states by the group, which has researched the Latino vote throughout the campaign, concluded Obama won by an eye-popping 75-23 margin. Their research concluded that CNN’s exit poll estimate of 71 percent of Latinos breaking to Obama likely undercounted their support, although they agreed with the assessment that turnout equaled 10 percent of the electorate.

[In Colorado] Latinos went for the president by an astounding 87-10 margin, an edge not far from the near-monolithic support he received from African American voters. In Ohio, with a smaller but still significant Latino population, Obama won by an 82-17 margin.

“This poll makes clear what we’ve known for a long time: the Latino giant is wide awake, cranky, and its taking names,” Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU, told reporters Wednesday on a conference call discussing the results.

Vaginal Americans delivered

Vaginal Americans delivered

by digby

In all the sturm und drang in the media this morning about the Republicans’ inability to attract anyone but white people, I’m not hearing a whole lot about this:

In total, the gender gap on Tuesday added up to 18 percent — a significantly wider margin than the 12-point gender gap in the 2008 election.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that waging a campaign against contraception was probably a bad idea. Calling women who use contraception a bunch of “sluts” was even worse. Insisting that women bear their rapists children was just the last straw.


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Skewed Vision, Not Skewed Polls

Skewed Vision, not skewed polls

by digby

Why the conservatives were convinced that the polls were skewed and why they were wrong:

PARTY ID: During the campaign, conservatives embraced a theory that polls were skewed, based on the thought that the electorate could not possibly lean as heavily Democratic as it did in 2008. In the end, though, the party ID makeup in 2012 was 38% Democratic, 32% Republican and 29% Independent, almost identical to 2008’s 39-32-29 split.

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The Ten Worst Predictions Of The 2012 Election

Oh, you’ll like this: Blow back on Blow Hards


1. Dick Morris: “This is going to be a landslide.” The former Clinton adviser predicted a dominant Romney win, calling it “the biggest surprise in recent American political history.” Claiming that polls were oversampling Democrats, Morris wondered if “it will rekindle the whole question on why the media played this race as a nailbiter.”


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Build a Stage: Build a Coffin

Sometime You Wonder: Are Rising Waters or Rising Idiocy the Greater Danger?