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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Alan Grayson, Baron Hill, Rick Boucher, Tom Perriello among early Democratic casaulties

As predicted, the House Democratic Caucus is shrinking tonight, but not at the speed that Republicans and their allies in the media had predicted.

Early apparent casualties so far include Alan Grayson in Florida's 8th, Baron Hill in Indiana's 9th, Rick Boucher in Virginia's 9th, and Tom Perriello in Virginia's 8th. None of the aforementioned districts are particularly urban.

Grayson's loss, while not unexpected, is particularly disappointing, since the fiery Florida congressman was one of the few in Congress who was unafraid of speaking truth to power. He may have gotten carried away at times, but he was reacting to outrageous and ridiculous circumstances.

Democrats in other Virginia districts are also having a tough go of it; it's possible more Democratic incumbents in The Old Dominion will be conceding defeat within the next twenty-four hours. We'll see.

Democrats have, however, managed to snag Mike Castle's House seat in Delaware, which he vacated to run for U.S. Senate before losing to Christine O'Donnell.

Districts that Democrats are winning include WV-01, WV-03, NC-02, NC-08, NC-11, MA-05, and MA-06. The victories in West Virginia, and Yarmuth's apparent victory in Kentucky, suggest that Republicans aren't going to pick up as many seats as they boasted of getting. It's still too early to say whether Democrats will hold the House of Representatives or not. News outlets that are projecting a Republican takeover are getting ahead of themselves.


Blogger Marcus in Marshall said...

Your post was a little premature. The Republican gain in the house was at a pace much more than predicted. Hard to accept the truth, I know.

November 3, 2010 7:20 AM  

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