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One Fantastic Democratic Night...Wow!

Posted: 11/07/12 03:22, Edited: 04/24/13 15:28

by Dave Mindeman

Let's see. Looks like the Democrats had a very good night.

Obama wins with over 300 electoral votes. He wins the popular vote by over 1.5 million votes. The Senate will probably gain a couple seats...(a couple are in recount territory). The House stays Republican but redistricting almost guaranteed that.

In Minnesota, both amendments failed. The Senate AND the House went Democratic with solid majorities. Congratulations Speaker Thissen!

My gosh....the too close to call election quickly turned into a rout. Congratulations Nate Silver....complete vindication is in order.

I have to savor this moment. I have suffered through many an election where numbers like this went the other way.

Just to note...remember my predictions yesterday????

1) Obama wins both electoral college and popular vote. 309 electoral votes. Let's just say the popular vote will be close.
YES AND YES

2) Klobuchar will crack 60%.
YES AGAIN.

3) Nolan wins...rest will stay the same. 5-3 Dem in House.
NOLAN DID WIN. AND IT LOOKS LIKE A 5-3 DELEGATION.

4) MN Legislature: Senate turns Democrat - 36-31. House could go either way, but think it will end up Democrat also: 68-66.
SENATE IS 39-28. HOUSE BIGGER - 73-61.

5) US Senate - Democrats hold 52-48. US House - Stays GOP, but Dems gain 7 seats.
US SENATE LOOKS LIKE 54-46 AND HOUSE DOES STAY GOP WITH DEMS GAINING ONLY A COUPLE OF SEATS AT MOST.

6) Constitutional amendments - Marriage fails. Voter ID barely passes.
MARRIAGE FAILS AND VOTER ID FAILS.

7) Upset: Shelley Berkely wins Senate seat in Nevada.
BERKLEY LOST BARELY - CALLED AT 2AM.

8) Dark horse possibility: Graves beats Bachmann
LOOKS LIKE BACHMANN WINS A SQUEAKER.


Just had to mention it.

But looking forward, their is a real chance for Democrats to do some big things for once. Congress will still try to obstruct, but if I were the President - immigration reform would be topping my agenda because the Latino vote gave him his second term and if Republicans want to obstruct reform now, they do so at their own further peril.

As for Minnesota, this blog will be talking about the possibilities in some detail. There is much to do....much to think about.

comments (2) permalink
11/07/12 22:46

THANKS for forgetting my projections ... good to see that my fears were trampled over by voters going to the polls.
Which brings up two questions :
Considering the long lines to vote, will the DFL legislature push a No Excuse Early Voting plan ?
Second, considering the number of close contests, including Bachmann's, when will the Voter ID proponents claim that the results are suspect, since we do not know how many ineligible voters participated ... you know that if it wasn't for those ineligible voters, Congresswoman Bachmann would have won with 60% of the vote.
 
11/07/12 15:38
What a joy to see our majorities returned. We lost a few races that should have been DFL but for the most part, it was a good night!
 

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