Annotations & Elucidations The Earthquake Edition
That wasn't a landslide last night, it was a full blown eruption. Unimaginable margins for the top three elected officials in Virginia and a massive pickup in the House of Delegates, shooting the GOP number there from 55 to at least 60, is no mere landslide. It's The World Turned Upside Down. Only four years ago, Bob McDonnell eked out the closest election in Virginia history, by 300-plus votes. Now, he's a national figure.
In a similar way, Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli won re-election to the Senate by 92 votes in 2007. He's always been the number one target for Democrats, liberal victimization and special rights groups, and left-wing special interests. They didn't get him when they had the chance. Now, they must be horrified.
It's all election coverage and postmortems today, including a late breaking update from Lynchburg where Delegate Shannon Valentine finally conceded to Delegate-elect Scott Garrett, despite his margin of victory being within her right to call for a recount.
Our own Victoria Cobb is quoted in the Washington Post on how Governor-elect McDonnell will govern. That's at the top. We bookend the News Stand with another social issues story: Maine, of all states, protects traditional marriage. It truly was an earth shattering night.
*Now, the hard part: Continuing to straddle the center and the right (Washington Post)
McDonnell beats Deeds, wins governor's race; now it gets harder (The Daily Press)
McDonnell leads GOP sweep of statewide races (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
GOP reclaims Virginia (Washington Post)
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling wins second term (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Bolling defeats Wagner, holds on to No. 2 post (Washington Post)
Cuccinelli elected attorney general (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Cuccinelli's sound win rounds out GOP sweep (Washington Post)
Republicans retaining control of House of Delegates (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Republicans boost dominance among Va. Delegates (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
UPDATED: Valentine Concedes: Barrett wins in 23rd District (Lynchburg News & Advance)
Liberty delivers votes by the busload (Lynchburg News & Advance)
Newcomer Robin Abbott beats veteran incumbent Phil Hamilton (The Daily Press)
Sen. Ken Stolle to become Va. Beach's next sheriff (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Exit Poll: Virginia Voters Older, Energized (FoxNews.com)
Governor's agenda flagging, but not ratings (Washington Post)
Analysis: GOP sweep shows policies, not parties, are paramount in Va. Politics (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Gay marriage vote fails in Maine (Richmond Times-Dispatch)