Where Angles Fear to Tread

November 4, 2009

Virginia and New Jersey

Filed under: Politics, US Politics — Right Angle @ 12:32 pm

Following more voting in the US, in the ‘gap-year’ between the presidential and mid-term elections (2010) you would be forgiven for thinking that there might be a pause and nothing much new to add after Obama’s victory of one year ago. 

However, as with everything in politics be they UK, US or the Lisbon treaty, there is almost always a change in perception and this one has happened quickly.  Virginia has elected Bob McDonnell (Rep) as their governor and New Jersey has removed Jon Corzine (Dem) to replace him with Chris Christie (Rep).  But, it’s not all bad news for Obama. As well as winning a seat in New York the elections for governor do not always follow the election for president, and ‘local’ issues (most states in the US are as big as countries in the EU) often swing the voters in ways that they wouldn’t necessarily in a presidential election.

That said it is a boost to the Republicans after the defeat of McCain and is an indication – perhaps – that Obama may not have everything go his way.


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