Republican Matt Bevin Wins Kentucky Governor’s Race in Blue Grass State … Defeat Democrat Jack Conway, 53% to 44%
GOP TAKES KENTUCKY GOVERNORS SEAT …
Yes, yesterday was election day and in the Blue Grass state it was Republican Matt Bevin who was the easy winner for the Kentucky’s governorship over Democrat Jack Conway, 53% to 44%. What is almost impossible to believe is that Bevin will only be the second Republican to be governor of Kentucky in more than four decades. It was a big night for the GOP in Kentucky as they picked up four of the six independently elected statewide positions despite going into Tuesday with just one GOP officeholder. What was remarkable is that polls had this race dead even going into election day.
Republican Matt Bevin easily won Kentucky’s governorship on Tuesday as the GOP made major inroads in a state that had stubbornly resisted the party at the state level even as it voted reliably Republican in federal contests in recent years.
Bevin, a self-funding investment manager, rode a late surge of outside support from national Republicans to defeat Democrat Jack Conway, 53 percent to 44 percent, according to The Associated Press. Bevin will become just the second Republican to inhabit the governor’s mansion in Frankfort in more than four decades.
Polls prior to the vote showed a close race, with most surveys giving Conway, the state’s sitting attorney general, a slight advantage.
Bevin’s victory capped a successful night for Republicans, who picked up four of the six independently elected statewide positions despite going into Tuesday with just one GOP officeholder. Their victories included ousting state Auditor Adam Edelen, who was thought to be Democrats’ top pick to challenge GOP Sen. Rand Paul next year.
From Red State - Seven Questions About Matt Bevin’s Win In Kentucky.
Some of them are as follows, read the full story … How bad is public polling, or is Kentucky unusually hard to poll? How unpopular is the GOP Establishment? Is there a religious-liberty backlash on the way? How much do good candidates and political experience matter?
HOW LOW CAN THEY GO …
According to a new Gallup poll, the favorability for the Democrats has hit a record low following the disastrous loses in the 2014 midterm elections that saw them lose more House seats, lose control of the Senate and lose more governorships. Only 36% polled had a favorable view of the Democratic party, that is a 6% point drop from before the midterms. I think we can now understand why many of the races were not as close as projected and some races like the Senate election in Virginia was even close at all. The polling trend was against the Dems and it showed on election night. The GOP standing with 42 percent favorability, it is the first time since 2011 the Republican party has had a higher rating than the Democrats.
After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the party, down six percentage points from before the elections. The Republican Party’s favorable rating, at 42%, is essentially unchanged from 40%. This marks the first time since September 2011 that the Republican Party has had a higher favorability rating than the Democratic Party.
These results come from a Nov. 6-9 Gallup poll, conducted after Republicans enjoyed a breathtaking sweep of important contests throughout the country in this year’s midterms. The party gained control of the Senate and will likely capture its largest House majority in nearly a century. Additionally, the GOP now controls 31 governorships and two-thirds of state legislative chambers.
How low can they go? Following the recent video revelations by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber admitting they deliberately deceived the American people and called them stupid, look for Democrats poll numbers to fall even further.
WAVE ELECTION 2014 … Emperor Barack Obama Has No Clothes and No Authority To Tell Anyone His Radical Liberal Agenda is Wanted by Americans
Call it what you will, a political tsunami, tidal wave or butt kicking … the end result is Emperor Obama has no clothes, no radical leftist agenda and no future.
If last night’s 2014 midterm election was a Little League baseball game, they would have called it early on the mercy rule. If it was a high school football game they would have kept the clock running and if it were a boxing match they ref would have called the fight for the safety and health of the boxer. Make no mistake about it, the American people spoke and it was a complete and total repudiation of Obama, Democrats and their liberal, failed agenda.
- House Republicans are looking at their largest majority since 1928 according unofficial results from last night’s election.
- Senate Republicans picked up a net gain of 7 seats with 2 races still in question in Alaska and a Louisiana runoff that will most likely both go to the GOP.
- Republicans were supposed to have a net loss of governorships, yet now find GOP governors in the deep blue states of Massachusetts, Illinois and Maryland.
The era of the Barack Obama – Harry Reid gridlock is over.
Hmm … Look what happen when Team Obama, Democrats and the IRS are not affecting elections.
WOW, ANOTHER SHOCKING RESULT FROM THE BLUE, BLUE STATE OF MARYLAND …
The governors race in deep blue Maryland has been called for the Republican Larry Hogan. WHAT? That is correct, Republican Larry Hogan has defeated Democrat Anthony Brown. Not Hillary Clinton, not Michelle Obama and not even Barack Obama stumping for Brown in such a blue state like Maryland could get Anthony Brown over the finish line. But in the end, they failed. According to the Associated Press, Larry Hogan is projected to win with 52.1% of the vote, with 87% of precincts reporting. Mr. Brown won 46.4% of the vote. It was most certainly a surprise GOP gubernatorial pickup.
Larry Hogan is officially Maryland’s next governor, after Anthony Brown has made a concession speech.
Jessica Kartalija spoke with gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan.
The theme of the evening has been taxes and supporters say that when Hogan enters office, he will hit the ground running.
“We’re all so happy,” said Ellen Sauerbrey, the press secretary for the Hogan campaign. “The results that are coming in are a testament to the fact that it’s not just Republicans who are voting for us…it’s Democrats, it’s independents.”
“What a historic night in Maryland,” Hogan said. “They said it couldn’t be done here in Maryland—but together, we did it! I just received a very gracious call from Lieutenant Governor Brown. He was very gracious and congratulated me on being the 62nd governor of the state of Maryland.”
Hogan thanked Brown and current Governor Martin O’Malley for their service to Maryland. He also thanked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his help and called this the biggest upset in the entire country.
“Thanks to the help of everyone in this room, this is the largest mandate for change in Maryland in 63 years,” Hogan said.
Mr. Hogan’s win, coupled with a slew of Republican victories Tuesday night, is another example of Republicans winning a race where Democrats were considered to have a slight advantage. Florida’s governor’s race also went to a Republican, defying expectations, and Georgia’s Senate race—which was expected to be at the very least tight—went easily to Republican David Perdue.
Anti-Obama sentiment likely gave Mr. Hogan a boost, particularly as Mr. Brown—unlike most Democrats this cycle—didn’t shy away from appearing with the president over the course of his campaign. President Barack Obama stumped for him last month and urged voters to head to the polls, and Mr. Brown called the president a “friend, a partner and a leader.”
2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Race: Final Pre-Election Marquette Law School Poll Has Scott Walker (R) leading Leading Mary Burke 50% to 43%
With a week to go before the 2014 midterm elections, the final pre-election Marquette Law School Poll has Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading his Democrat challenger Mary Burke 50% to 43%. In the final days heading inti the election, it would appear the support is trending toward Walker as a previous Marquette Law School Poll conducted October 9-12, found the race tied among likely voters at 47%. As in most all elections, especially midterm ones, party voter turnout will be the key.
A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the Wisconsin governor’s race. Another 3 percent say that they are undecided or that they do not know whom they will support, while 1 percent say that they will vote for someone else. Likely voters are those who say that they are certain to vote in the November election.
Among registered voters in the poll, Walker receives 46 percent and Burke 45 percent, with 4 percent undecided and 1 percent saying that they will vote for someone else.
“Shifting turnout intentions have provided most of the dynamics of the race this fall,” said Marquette Law School Poll director Charles Franklin. “While the results among all registered voters have varied between a tie and a 3-point Walker edge, the likely-voter results have ranged from a 2-point Burke advantage to the current 7-point Walker lead.”
According to RCP average polling Walker leads by 2% and trending up.
There is more than one factor behind the pro-Walker tilt in the new survey.
First, Republicans are expressing more certainty than Democrats about voting. In the new poll, 93% of Republicans and 82% of Democrats say they are certain to vote, reflecting a potential turnout gap. As a result, likely voters in Marquette’s new poll are a more Republican group than likely voters in its last survey.
Second, there is a sizable shift toward Walker among independents, who have bounced around in the polling. Independents were tied among likely voters two weeks ago but preferred Walker 52% to 37% in the latest poll.
Third, there is some decline in Burke’s image. Among registered voters, 38% view Burke favorably while 45% view her unfavorably. Among likely voters, 39% view her favorably while 49% view her unfavorably. Until now, Burke’s “positive” and “negative” ratings have roughly paralleled each other as she has become better known.
WOW … For the First Time in 20 Years The Boston Globe Enforces GOP Governor Candidate Charlie Baker over Liberal Martha Coakley
WOW, WOW, WOW …
The Boston Globe has endorsed Republican Charlie Baker over the Democrat candidate, Attorney General Martha Coakley!!! Yes, you read that correctly. The Boston Globe, for the first time in 20 years, on Sunday endorced the GOP candidate Charlie Baker for Massachusetts governor over Martha Coakley. As stated at NRO, while Massachusetts has a track record of Republican governors, the Globe’s endorsement is rather surprising: The last time the paper backed a GOP gubernatorial nominee was in 1994, when it picked Bill Weld.
Charlie Baker for Governor
This year’s race for governor unfolds beneath mostly sunny skies. In the last eight years, Massachusetts withstood a brutal recession far better than most states did. It came through a terrorist bombing more unified than it had been. Greater Boston’s innovation economy is thriving, and a construction boom is reshaping the skyline. In the major-party candidates — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley — voters are lucky to have two experienced, trustworthy public servants who can capably govern a state whose schools and hospitals are the envy of the nation. Three independent candidates offer voters a breadth of additional choices, and their presence on the ballot testifies to the vitality of the political culture in Massachusetts.
Not all is entirely well in the Commonwealth, though. In cities and towns far removed from the shiny new towers of Cambridge’s Kendall Square or Boston’s Seaport District, the economic picture looks much dimmer. Meanwhile, cracks are showing in the edifice of state government itself. The Department of Children and Families, the Probation Department, the state crime lab, the board that regulates compounding pharmacies, the state Labor Department’s unemployment system, the Health Connector website — voters have come to know all these terms as shorthand for the kind of bureaucratic failures that make them doubt state government’s ability to help Massachusetts move forward.
Effective activist government isn’t built on good intentions. To provide consistently good results, especially for the state’s most vulnerable and troubled residents, agencies need to focus on outcomes, learn from their errors, and preserve and replicate approaches that succeed. Baker, a former health care executive, has made a career of doing just that. During this campaign, he has focused principally on making state government work better. The emphasis is warranted. And in that spirit, the Globe endorses Charlie Baker for governor.
One needn’t agree with every last one of Baker’s views to conclude that, at this time, the Republican nominee would provide the best counterpoint to the instincts of an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. His candidacy opens up the possibility of creative tension. Facing veto-proof Democratic majorities in both houses, Baker would have no choice but to work constructively with the Legislature. Likewise, the Legislature would have to engage with Baker’s initiatives.
Perhaps ironically, in light of their differing partisan affiliations, Baker’s candidacy offers an opportunity to consolidate some of the advances made during the administration of Deval Patrick. Baker could be counted on to preserve and extend educational reforms, to ensure the rigorous administration of new funds for transportation, to knowledgeably oversee the cost-containment law now reshaping the state’s signature health care industry. At a difficult inflection point in state government, Massachusetts needs a governor who’s focused on steady management and demonstrable results.
Hillary Clinton: “Don’t Let Anybody Tell You It’s Corporations and Businesses That Create Jobs” as She Stumps for Martha Coakley for Mass Governor
SO AMERICA, THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT, ANOTHER FAR LEFT SOCIALIST?
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At an event Friday in Boston, Mass stumping for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Hillary Clinton told the crowd gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel rally … “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs.” Okay Hillary, then who does create jobs, the government? Seriously Hillary, since you brought the subject up, who does create jobs if it is not corporations and businesses? Wake up America, Hillary Clinton is a socialist just like Barack Obama. Can the United States survive another liberal, socialist, Democrat president who despises business?
“Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said.
“You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she continued. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”
The real story might be is that Hillary Clinton needed to come to the blue, blue state of Massachusetts in the first place. Currently according to RCP, Democrat and uber-lib Martha Coakley trails in the polls to Republican candidate Charlie Baker by 4.5%. However, a very recent Boston Globe poll has Baker up by 9 points over Coakley.
UPDATE I: Hey Hillary … You might want to listen to Ronald Reagan talk about business and jobs, maybe you will learn something.
Well, wouldn’t it be nice to hear a little more about the forgotten heroes of America — those who create most of our new jobs, like the owners of stores down the street; the faithfuls who support our churches, synagogues, schools, and communities; the brave men and women everywhere who produce our goods, feed a hungry world, and keep our families warm while they invest in the future to build a better America? That’s where miracles are made, not in Washington, D.C.
Disgusting & Reprehensible Democrat Wendy Davis Political Ad Against Gubernatorial Opponent Greg Abbott … Being Condemned as a ‘Historic Low’ (Update: Wendy Davis Defends Ad)
THIS IS WHAT THE DESPERATION AND HIDEOUSNESS OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HAS BECOME … EMPTY WHEELCHAIR ATTACK AD BACKFIRES.
Liberal Democrat Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ campaign to become the next Governor of Texas is all but over and their desperation and viciousness is coming out. Davis’ most recent political add is being condemned by most all individuals in both parties as it has his a new low for gutter politics. The political ad starts out with the image of a wheelchair, one similar to the one that Abbott is confined to. The ad then gets personal, accusing Abbott of spending his career working against other victims.
“Terrible” … “Offensive” … “Offensive And Nasty And It Shouldn’t Exist” … “Mean-Spirited And Misleading” … “Blow Up In Her Face” … “Whoever Approved It Should Be Fired”
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “‘A Tree Fell On Greg Abbott. He Sued And Got Millions.’ — Wendy Davis’ New Ad. Um, Terrible.” (Twitter.com, 10/10/14)
BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski: “This Ad Seems Pretty Desperate From Wendy Davis Campaign.” (Twitter.com, 10/10/14)
This isn’t the first time that the low-life’s in the Wendy Davis campaign have stooped to this level. Legal Insurrection reminds us when the Battleground Texas supporters of Wendy Davis laughed at Greg Abbott being in wheelchair.
Newsbusters: As the segment concluded, the MSNBC panel predictably lamented that the ad could hurt Davis’ political future, as she looks poised to lose her bid for governor of Texas:
MICHAEL TOMASKY: And she should have given more thought, I think, to the reputation she had, even if she was going to lose by 18 points or whatever it is. That event that she had when she did that filibuster, she so galvanized liberals across the country and had such respect and affection from liberals that she jeopardizes probably, to some extent, by doing this.
SUZY KHIMM: Yeah, this is just, if she wants to run for office again, this is definitely going to follow her and it’s the kind of Hail Mary pass that not only might not work but could have consequences for her own future political career.
UPDATE II: Wendy Davis Defends Disgusting Wheelchair ad.
UPDATE III: As if the Optics of the Wheelchair ad were not bad enough … Watch This Wendy Davis Staffer Drag a Disabled Man Across a Stage. Really, that is how you move a disabled individual, drag their chair across the stage? GOOD GRIEF.
Liberal Democrats, Don’t Mess With Texas …
According to a recent UT/TT poll, Republican candidate Greg Abbott has a large lead over Democrat Wendy Davis for the race for the Texas governor. Abbott widened his lead in the Texas gubernatorial race to 11 point over Davis; however, look for this lead to get much higher as it appears from polling data that the GOP is much more energized to vote in Texas than do Democrats. Also, the more that Texans learn of Davis’ extreme positions, the more they will run away.
After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Meanwhile, several statewide races on the Republican primary ballot — for lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller — appear headed for May runoffs. None of the leaders in those races looks close to the 50 percent support they would need to win next month’s primary outright.
Full poll results can be read HERE.
- Some NY Republicans are making the case to recruit “The Donald” to run against Andrew Cuomo in next years election