This is something of an interesting result. In the Republican-leaning 23rd District of New York, Democratic candidate Bill Owens defeated Doug Hoffman. This is a seat the national GOP was counting on winning, and had been occupied by a Republican for over 100 years.
In a night of largely awful news for Democrats in state and local elections, this is one hopeful sign that not everything is going against us.
The post-mortum of the large Republican gains in many areas may reveal what caused such a drastic reversal. Here in Milford, I'm still wondering what precipitated the GOP across-the-board victories. It would be different if the Democratic majorities on the boards raised taxes or approved some onerous legislation, but they didn't.
Yet, the local GOP took a huge portion of the unaffiliated voters and turned it into a massive landslide. This is way more than issues, or even GOTV. If you look solely at the issues and voted accordingly, we would have won big. Nothing going on locally can explain the magnitude of the loss. I've said it before, but there seems to be some kind of huge backlash going on against the Democrats.
For what, I'm not sure.