Lots of good news for Democrats around the country. Both governorships that were up for grabs remained in Democratic hands, as Jon Corzine won easily in New Jersey and Tim Kaine completed his comeback win in Virginia. (Note to Rick Casey: Kaine was once the Mayor of Richmond. Just a data point for you there.) Every last one of Arnold Schwarzeneggar's ballot initiatives failed, meaning the special election he called for a vote on them was nothing but a waste of time and money. Every incumbent member of the Dover, PA school board, which is currently involved in a lawsuit over its insistence on teaching "intelligent design", was booted out of office. And perhaps the sweetest of them all is this:
St. Paul voters punished Mayor Randy Kelly on Tuesday for standing with President Bush a year ago, denying the Democrat a second term in Minnesota's capital city.
Former City Council member Chris Coleman, also a Democrat, routed Kelly by a more than 2-to-1 margin in unofficial returns with most precincts reporting. Ahead of the election, independent polls showed voters were primed to fire Kelly, and most cited his 2004 endorsement of the Republican president as the reason.
No sitting St. Paul mayor had lost a campaign since 1974. Kelly had a personal election streak that spanned just as long, covering his quarter-century in the Legislature and first term as mayor.
"It may sound silly, but Kelly was for Bush and I'm not," said retiree Audrey Guith after casting her vote for Coleman.