Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Senate on a Knife's Edge

First the good news: The Democrats won almost thirty seats in Congress, nearly twice what they needed. They won six governorships and now hold a majority of governor's mansions. South Dakotans overturned their over the top abortion law, Arizona voters rejected a ban on gay marriage and narrow social conservative plebiscites that did win, won by much smaller margins than in previous years. The ballot measure playing to evangelicals tactic may have hit its high tide in 2004 while on the other hand several states voted to increase minimum wage.

The bad, or at least nail-biting news: Democrat Senate control hangs on a few thousand votes in Virginia and Montana. Expect recounts for days and probable court challenges stretching the question into the new year.

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