By Tom Curry
National affairs writer
Updated: 11:53 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2005
(Picture: Democrat Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine)
WASHINGTON - Democrats scored big victories in the Virginia and New Jersey governors races Tuesday. Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine defeated Republican Jerry Kilgore in Virginia and Sen. Jon Corzine easily beat businessman Doug Forrester in New Jersey.
GOI: And then there's this from The Washington Post via The Junkheap of History blog:
On the other hand, analysts said, if Democrat Timothy M. Kaine beats Kilgore in a state that solidly backed Bush twice, it will feed into a widespread perception of weakness afflicting the president and those associated with him. With the troubled response to Hurricane Katrina, the failed Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, the indictment of a top White House official in the CIA leak case and continuing violence in Iraq, Bush's approval ratings have sunk to some of the lowest ever for a second-term president in modern times. And with Democrats likely to win the New Jersey governorship, the only other major race on the ballot, Bush can find little good news to seize on.
GOI: This makes me feel VERY optimistic about the 2006 election season. I feel that this is just the beginning of a much greater wave of change to wash into D.C. in '06.
It's on baby, ON!!!
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