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Friday, August 26, 2011

Say it ain't so!

Bummer:


What's a Pataki anyway?

Here's To The Virginia GOP

This, I think, generally holds true: If you don't field a candidate, chances are slim you're going to win.  And speaking of the Democratic Party of Virginia, it appears, as we head into election season, that there's going to be slim pickin's if you're of the blue persuasion in much of the state next time around.

The RPV has assembled a strong slate of candidates here in the Commonwealth, while the Democrats heve ceded a bunch of contests already.

See "2011 General Assembly Races."

Here's how it shakes out across the state:
By the Numbers: Election 2011

-- GOP fields far more candidates, challenges far more incumbents than Democrats --

● 40 districts in the state Senate
● 36 districts where there is a Republican candidate running for the state Senate
● 28 districts where there is a Democrat candidate running for the state Senate
● 3 Incumbent Republican Senators are facing a Democratic challenger (20% of Republican incumbents)
● 16 Incumbent Democratic Senators are facing a Republican challenger (80% of Democrat incumbents)
● 29 Senate districts that Governor McDonnell won in 2009
● 11 Senate districts that Governor McDonnell won in 2009 that currently have a Democratic incumbent state senator seeking re-election
● 3 Senate districts that Governor McDonnell won in 2009 by more than 60% that currently have a Democratic incumbent state Senator seeking re-election
● 11 Senate districts that Governor McDonnell won in 2009 that currently have a Democratic incumbent State Senator seeking re-election that also have a strong Republican challenger


● 100 districts in the Virginia House of Delegates
● 73 districts where there is a Republican running for the House of Delegates
● 53 districts where there is a Democrat running for the House of Delegates
● 17% of incumbent Republican Delegates are facing a Democratic challenger
● 21% of incumbent Democratic Delegates are facing a Republican challenger
● 72 House of Delegate Districts that that Governor McDonnell won in 2009
● 6 House of Delegate Districts that Governor McDonnell won in 2009 that currently have a Democratic incumbent Delegate seeking re-election
● 4 House of Delegate Districts that Governor McDonnell won in 2009 with at least 55% of the vote that currently have a Democratic incumbent Delegate seeking re-election
● 13 of the 14 open House of Delegate seats are in districts that Governor McDonnell won in 2009
4 open House of Delegate districts where the Democrats are not even running a candidate

● 140 members of the General Assembly
● 109 Republican candidates are running for the House of Delegates and state Senate (Republican are fielding candidates in 78% of all districts)
● 81 Democratic candidates running for the House of Delegates and state Senate (Democrats are fielding candidates in just 57% of all districts)
● 28 more Republican candidates are running for the General Assembly than Democrat candidates
● 12 total incumbent Republicans in the General Assembly who will face a Democratic challenger in 2011
To quote Pat Mullins: "Bottom Line: In 2011, Republicans have a good opportunity to keep the momentum of 2009 and 2010 going strong."

I'd say that's not in doubt.

George Allen Smiles

How he must be enjoying this.  His primary opponent, Jamie Radtke - she of the Tea Party persuasion - has lashed out at Redstate. Or is it vice versa? Lawyers are now involved and God knows where this goes next.

All this over a short speech Ms. Radtke was to have given - one that apparently became a long, drawn-out speech at a Redstate gathering - and ... all hell has broken loose.

Go here to see where all this started.

Then here.

Then Real Clear Politics got involved.

And Politico.

That was followed by this, as a matter of clarification.

So what's all this about?  Nothing much, to be honest.  Other than some hurt feelings and damaged egos.

Sometimes getting bloggers and Tea Partiers in the same room can produce a volatile mixture.

This appears to be a glaring example of how that mixture combusts.

Too bad.

George Allen can only be pinching himself, wondering how he got so lucky as to be able to stand back and witness the conflagration.

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Shaun Kenney makes his contribution to the cacophony of voices.

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Me?  I'm of the Rodney King persuasion.  Can't we all just get along?