The polls closed at 7:00 p.m. The Dem candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Ralph Northam, was later declared the winner with 54% of the vote over a fiery and rather flaky african american preacher named E. W. Jackson. The race for Governor, between Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, was too close to call for over two hours. This was a little bit surprising, because Cuccinelli had run a poor campaign, being far too right wing on social issues to appeal to independent voters.
The tide turned. With Cuccinnelli clinging to a slight lead, the last precincts to report were the large precincts in Northern Virginia which had a strong McAuliffe majority. Cuccinelli lost.
The remaining statewide race is the attorney general contest is between Mark Obenshain, a politician known for his complete opposition to all forms of abortion, and Mark Herring, a moderate democrat. with 97% of the votes in, it appears that Herring has lost. Republicans, then, salvaged one contest out of three, in an off year with a President under fire for the health reform website mess. In other words, they were handed three victories and dropped two of them.
One lesson from this election may be a hard one for Republicans to accept: that they need to give up on the concept of picking their statewide candidates in conventions, and use primary elections like normal human beings do. This silly process of driving elections to the right is, for Republicans, adding needless drama. If they had gone with Bill Bolling, the current Lieutenant Governor, as their candidate, they would have destroyed McAuliffe. Why make things hard when they could be easy? What is up with that?
Don't get me wrong, Tea Party. I like winning elections. So thanks!