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Virginia Republicans Surge to Largest House Majority Ever
Fox Via AP ^ | November 9, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 11/08/2011 11:31:17 PM PST by lbryce

Republicans appeared on the cusp of taking control of the Virginia Senate Tuesday with at least one veteran Democrat losing to a freshman Republican senator and a seven-term Democrat trailing a Republican challenger.

In the House of Delegates, Republicans picked up at least six seats, staking them to 66 of the chamber's 100 seats, the GOP's largest House majority ever. That doesn't count a conservative independent, Del. Lacey Putney, who organizes with House Republicans and another race that was too close to call.

Democrat Roscoe Reynolds lost his bid for a fourth term to freshman GOP Sen. Bill Stanley in the Senate's marquee race, bringing the GOP to within one seat of 20-20 split in the 40-member Senate. Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling breaks Senate tie votes.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: victory; virginiarepublicans
Sen. Dick Saslaw, leader of the Senate's Democrats, sought solace that the results were not as dire as the easy Republican takeover many had predicted. "It is what it is," he said. "A 20-20 split is considerably better than what everybody was expecting when people were predicting we could lose five to nine seats."

Yes, Senator Saslaw;it is what it is. That is, a bad day for Democrats, a wonderful, uplifting harbinger of things to come, for all Americans, the nation, the new White House occupant.

1 posted on 11/08/2011 11:31:21 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Great news!
Still, the sad fact of the matter is that nearly half the nation’s voting citizens are bums, deadbeats, parasites, and scum. In places like California, Massachusetts, and Ohio, it’s more than half.


2 posted on 11/08/2011 11:45:55 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: lbryce
I have sent my congratulatory to Sen. Stanley!
3 posted on 11/08/2011 11:48:03 PM PST by bksanders (Spewing Forth Vitriol at the Speed of Spit)
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To: Lancey Howard

With an increase in illegal immigrant voting, with the finite number of ways that the left cheats in how they vote, and with all other U.S. criminals being, eventually, allowed to vote will increase the total pro-left votes, even more.


4 posted on 11/09/2011 1:29:33 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: lbryce

The Loudoun County (northern Virginia) GOP ran an unpopular House candidate for the 87th. His mailings turned a lot of people off and a NARAL-endorsed Democrat won by 300 votes. Thankfully, GOP Military vet Dick Black won his Senate race and the GOP otherwise dominated the Loudoun County races.


5 posted on 11/09/2011 3:16:12 AM PST by Belle22
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To: lbryce
Republicans also stood to gain another seat if David Ramadan's 50-vote lead out of 10,000 cast over Democrat Mike Kondratick holds up after a possible recount.

THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS.

Ramadan is a Mooslimb Brotherhood associated tool and "Protégé" of the BOTTOM-FEEDING, RAT-BASTURD (sic) TRAITOR and ISLAMIC JIHADIST SUPPORTER, ENABLER, and "Dangerous" 5th Columnist, Grover Norquist.

6 posted on 11/09/2011 3:31:00 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: lbryce

the question is will the GOP maintain there spine unlike they did when Warner and Kain were Governors? As a former resident of Northern Va I watched the GOP break and go along with Warners tax increases


7 posted on 11/09/2011 3:56:31 AM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: lbryce

Central Virginia’s newly re-drawn 59th house district, a convoluted area encompassing Lynchburg in the west, as far east as Farmville, and north to near Charlottesville, went Republican in a big surprise. Tom Garrett, the Republican, embraced fiscal and social conservatism while the Democrat from Lynchburg, Bert Dodson, who ran to the right of traditional liberals, still lost.

Dodson had been a Lynchburg city council member, a business owner and certainly no flaming lib, but was a Democrat nonetheless. Garrett was a complete unknown from Louisa county, the smallest population in the new district.

Dodson also outspent the Republican two to one. My conclusions: blacks definitely stayed home, and liberalism is no longer trusted. Also the media held no sway.

You can definitely put Virginia in the Republican “lock” column for the 2012 election.


8 posted on 11/09/2011 4:12:16 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: wayoverontheright

Oops, sorry. That would be Virginia’s 22nd Senate seat, not the 59th house seat that Garrett won.


9 posted on 11/09/2011 4:22:51 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: lbryce
Up to this point, the House was 59-R, 39-D and 2 independents, the Senate was 22-D, 18-R. The Gov is an R.

If we get effective control the VA Senate, then there's time to get things like Voter ID through before Nov 2012.

10 posted on 11/09/2011 4:30:10 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. Barbarism must always ultimately triumph.)
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To: lbryce

My count of the statewide popular vote in state Senate races: 57 to 39 percent GOP (with the remainder going to independents and write-ins). The Democrats retains part control in the Senate because of gerrymandering and incumbency.


11 posted on 11/09/2011 5:09:38 AM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: PapaBear3625

We do have Voter ID in Virginia.


12 posted on 11/09/2011 5:26:06 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz
We do have Voter ID in Virginia.

OK, so pass Constitutional Carry, or have municipalities stop withholding union dues. Something.

13 posted on 11/09/2011 5:34:33 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. Barbarism must always ultimately triumph.)
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To: lbryce

-——Sen. Phillip Puckett narrowly kept his seat in southwestern Virginia-——

For the first time in my memory, we in east Tennessee were treated to he spectacle of all out TV ad war for a Virginia senate race. It seems Puckett won but his back and butt are bleeding from the on air beating he took.


14 posted on 11/09/2011 5:38:34 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: lbryce; Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; no dems; Kaslin; ...

Good news in VA.


15 posted on 11/09/2011 5:49:08 AM PST by randita (I'm not a percentage. I'm a free person.)
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To: PapaBear3625
OK, so pass Constitutional Carry, or have municipalities stop withholding union dues. Something.

Virginia is a Shall Issue state and a right to work state. I am not familiar with all municipalities in all parts of VA, but there is no forced union dues for state employees.

16 posted on 11/09/2011 5:58:08 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: PapaBear3625
"If we get effective control the VA Senate, then there's time to get things like Voter ID through before Nov 2012."

I thought we already had voter ID? The clean and articulate young poll worker asked to see my identification before I was allowed to vote.

17 posted on 11/09/2011 6:11:01 AM PST by Godebert
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To: Belle22

A GOP officeholder who served in the military?! What would George Allen say?


18 posted on 11/09/2011 6:22:47 AM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: lbryce

I wonder if the Democrats’ election eve rally with Warner and Kaine warning about the “extremists” taking power if the Republicans took the Senate swayed any voters at the last minute. I don’t usually watch the evening news so I don’t know how much airplay that got.


19 posted on 11/09/2011 6:32:35 AM PST by lasereye
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To: Belle22

Love Dick Black - so glad to hear he’s doing well up in Loudoun...


20 posted on 11/09/2011 6:55:02 AM PST by matginzac
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To: Gabz

Uh, when I went to the polls yesterday, all I had to do was show my voter card, not a picture ID (though I did anyway...).
We need a picture ID requirement here...and everywhere.


21 posted on 11/09/2011 6:57:55 AM PST by matginzac
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To: lbryce

The only way Obama stays in power is if he seizes it.


22 posted on 11/09/2011 7:02:33 AM PST by Lazamataz (I guess some Occupiers are more 99% than other Occupiers.)
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To: randita

we lost big time in CT.

New Britain mayor went from R to D
Middletown mayor went from R to D
Waterbury mayor went from incumbent Jarjura to liberal DEM

The Malloy operation treated it like a mid-term and pumped the DEM GOTV operation in selected towns statewide.


23 posted on 11/09/2011 7:08:03 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (I will go back to New Hampshire to campaign.)
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To: Lazamataz
If he seizes power, he'd be a dictator (as a Seiz-er.)
24 posted on 11/09/2011 7:12:43 AM PST by lbryce (There is no Pro-Choice option. It's either providing the gift of life or murder.)
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To: Godebert

When I worked as an election officer (2004, 2005, and 2006) a voter card with no picture was acceptable ID. In addition, ID is not necessary if a voter signs a form affirming that the voter is who he/she states he/she is. Need required picture ID.


25 posted on 11/09/2011 7:16:57 AM PST by vaskypilot
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To: lbryce

Sen. Dick Saslaw, leader of the Senate’s Democrats, sought solace that the results were not as dire as the easy Republican takeover many had predicted. “It is what it is,” he said. “A 20-20 split is considerably better than what everybody was expecting when people were predicting we could lose five to nine seats.”

Yes, Senator Saslaw;it is what it is. That is, a bad day for Democrats, a wonderful, uplifting harbinger of things to come, for all Americans, the nation, the new White House occupant.

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This Saslaw guy is a TRUE idiot. Never really mentioned this to anyone, but after I’d written a letter complaining out illegal immigration in Virginia, the guy called me up at HOME and chewed me out over it for a good 15 minutes. I told him my husband had just come back from Iraq and that he was a total a776hole for calling me up. He was obviously just trying to belittle and persecute me for my beliefs.

I’ve never told anyone, and really wish I could tell it to someone that matters .. he’s a real jerk.


26 posted on 11/09/2011 8:34:37 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: matginzac

I’ve had to show picture ID and give my 911 address every time I’ve voted since moving to Virginia and I know most of the poll workers.


27 posted on 11/09/2011 10:23:09 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Didn’t happen in Isle of Wight County - my dad went to show his picture ID and was told he didn’t need to show it...
not too consistent it seems...


28 posted on 11/09/2011 1:29:29 PM PST by matginzac
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

That is the 87th VA House race I was speaking of. Apparently it is headed for a recount.


29 posted on 11/09/2011 8:12:54 PM PST by Belle22
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To: campaignPete R-CT

We lost really big in Kentucky as well. One bright spot is that we have a young rising star who won the Agriculture Commissioner race handily...losing governor was not unexpected as the incumbent had managed to build a lot of popularity (and the candidates we ran weren’t anything to get excited about and the Lt. Governor candidate, who was a UK basketball hero, had his own very popular image tarnished as his wife filed for divorce in the middle of the campaign). Really bad news is the SOS race - the Dem got elected and she opposes picture ID to vote and also supports a policy of not even requiring a specific address to register to vote...she certainly didn’t campaign on that and ran a masterful campaign ad including her two grandmothers that was a huge hit with the public. We lost every other race as well (besides the Ag. Commissioner race I mentioned above). We didn’t lose any ground as Ag. Commissioner is the only office we held going into the election, but still...getting nearly swept like that was a bit of a downer.


30 posted on 11/09/2011 8:43:25 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

I believe that the CT GOP has reached such an anemic state that they cannot compete with the DEMS in any meaningful fashion. The electorate is content to allow the DEMS total control and balance that out by preferring to elect moderate GOP governors.

So the GOP strategy is to wait for 2014 and throw all into the GOV race ... as they can compete if they can throw all resources into one office ... as the electorate prefers them for that one and only one office.

This is no substitute for real party building at the local assembly district level. And it is also boring. Those of us who are interested in doing the assembly district stuff tell ourselves we are doing work that neither the GOP hierarcy nor the voters have any interest in. Baffling to try to come up with solutions.


31 posted on 11/09/2011 9:26:52 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (I will go back to New Hampshire to campaign.)
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