'In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.'
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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Election By The Numbers

The Republican Party of Virginia has provided a tabulation of Tuesday's results and how each party fared.  It wasn't even close.

Can you say bloodbath?
Election 2011: What it Means

-- GOP Supermajority in House, Majority in Senate, Solid Start for 2012 --

The votes are counted. The canvass is done, and the dust has settled. What does it all mean?

First, let's look at the lay of the land.

House of Delegates
* Republicans picked up 7 seats in the House of Delegates.
* Republicans now have a 68 seat caucus in the House, the most in history.
* Republicans won 13 of 14 open seats in the House.
* Republicans defeated 2 Democrat incumbents in the House.
* All 52 incumbent Republicans seeking re-election won.

Senate of Virginia
* Republicans have won a working majority in the Senate.
* Republicans gained two seats to make it 20-20 with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling holding the decisive tie-breaking vote.
* Republicans won 3 of 5 open seats in the Senate.
* Republicans defeated 2 Democrat incumbents in the Senate.
* All 15 incumbent Republicans seeking re-election won.

So what does it all mean?

First and foremost, Virginians overwhelmingly voted for a Republican controlled General Assembly.

Just look at the numbers:

House GOP Votes: 757,000, about 61% of all votes cast
House Dem Votes: 419,000, about 33% of all votes cast

Senate GOP Votes: 771,000, about 57% of all votes cast
Senate DEM Votes: 554,000, about 41% of all votes cast

2011 caps a remarkable three-year run for Virginia Republicans:

* In 2009, Virginia Republicans won all three statewide offices by massive margins and picked up 6 seats in the House of Delegates.
* In 2010, Virginia Republicans defeated 3 incumbent Congressional Democrats and came within a few hundred votes of defeating a fourth, moving the Congressional delegation to 8-3 and clearing the way for our own Rep. Eric Cantor to become U.S. House Majority Leader.
* In 2011, Virginia Republicans picked up 7 more seats in the House of Delegates and picked up 2 seats in the state Senate.

For three years running, the message from Virginia voters has been clear. We expect them to send the same resounding message again in 2012.
As I suspected, and as I made note of yesterday, it appears that the Democratic turnout was woeful.

Expect it to be no better - by comparison with the GOP - next year.

Here's to the GOP. Long may you reign.