Ed Gillespie Concedes Senate Race; Margin at 16,700 Votes
So close, and no shame in this defeat.
#BREAKING – Ed Gillespie to concede #VASen race. Watch LIVE: http://t.co/kfCVWmHBmR
— Mike Valerio (@MikeNBC12) November 7, 2014
Gillespie is holding a press conference, and he just declared, “The margin is now …
Where Things Stand in Virginia This Morning
Some quick points on where things stand in Virginia:
With 2,548 of 2,557 precincts reporting — 99.65 percent — Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Warner has 1,067,342 votes; GOP challenger Ed Gillespie has 1,050,534 votes.
In Virginia, there are no automatic recounts.
Only an apparent losing …
Virginia's Turnout Appears to Be Around 2010 Levels
Ed Gillespie’s campaign is sending around this video of Andrea Mitchell saying Democrats are “nervous” about the race in Virginia.
And today we got the first piece of information that should probably unnerve Mark Warner:
Virginia voters returned 118,218 absentee ballots …
Hilarious Outrage From Before Media Knew Virginia Horse-Trade Was a Democratic Scandal [Wayback Edition]
Charlie Cooke has already mourned the bones of Sir Walter Raleigh and Patrick Henry in his great Terry McAuliffe philippic, so I’ll just point out something about the specific scandal that has the gladhanding governor of Virginia in hot water.
How You Checking Your Phone at a Red Light Assists the Nanny State
The first Morning Jolt of the week features a Senate-race poll roundup, the potential breakup of the United Kingdom, and then this observation about how selfish behavior fuels the nanny state:
How You Checking Your Phone at a Red Light …
McDonnells Go Down On Nearly All Felony Counts
Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty on most charges today in the conclusion of their felony corruption trial. Bob McDonnell, who was convicted on 11 out of 13 counts, becomes the first governor in Old Dominion …
Chatting With Ed Gillespie (and Snooping Around His Office)
A short while ago, I taped a pair of video interviews with GOP Senate candidate (and friend of NR) Ed Gillespie. In the first, discussing the state of the campaign and the big issues at stake in his bid against …
Washington Post Belatedly Realizes Who Terry McAuliffe Is
From the Washington Post editorial board’s endorsement of Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia, October 12:
There is no disguising that Mr. McAuliffe, a self-described wheeler-dealer who burst on to the national stage as a prodigious fundraiser for Bill Clinton in …
What Ed Gillespie Brings to Virginia's Senate Race
What does 2014 hold for Ed Gillespie, and his hopes of beating incumbent Democratic senator Mark Warner?
Could Gillespie fall flat on his face as a Senate candidate? Theoretically; Virginia’s current governor, Terry McAuliffe, will tell you& it’s one thing to …
What Kind of Turnout Will Virginia See Tuesday?
A small reason for Republican hope in Virginia: In 2009, Bob McDonnell’s margin of victory was 4 percentage points larger than the RealClearPolitics average — 17.5 points, instead of 13.4 points.
McAuliffe currently leads in the RCP average by 8.4 points. Quinnipiac created a stir …
Former Warner Strategist Attributes Virginia's Close Vote to . . . Racism
A statement from Ed Gillespie:
It’s a testament to our volunteers and their incredible efforts that we were outspent two-to-one and yet the most recent unofficial tally has us separated by less than a percentage point out of more …
The Shocker: GOP Primary Voters Outpaced Democrat Primary Voters in Virginia's Early Vote
The polls in Virginia are now closed. For those wondering what this tweet referred to, I am told that Virginia Republicans examined the early vote — absentee ballot by mail and in-person absentee. This is a small portion of the …
Ed Gillespie Will Run Plenty of Ads in the Next Two and a Half Weeks
We’re at the time of year where every little decision is interpreted as a significant indicator of what will happen on Election Night. But Politico should have known better than to run a story with the screaming headline, GILLESPIE OFF …
Not Much Is Coming Easy to the GOP This Cycle
The Thursday morning poll roundup…
Arizona Governor: “Forty-one percent of likely voters said they were likely to vote for Doug Ducey, the Republican nominee, while 39 percent said they would vote for Fred DuVal, the Democratic nominee — within the poll’s …
Bob McDonnell Lesson: Be Nice to Your Chef, Or Cook for Yourself, Or Something
Knowing now how the Bob McDonnell trial ended, it’s worth taking a look back at how it began: with a disgruntled cook who turned incriminating records over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia State Police. The Washington …
Senator Mark Warner,
The office of Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, periodically issues press releases informing his constituents that he’s “on the road” or “hitting the road.” It evokes images of the senator out riding like Jack Kerouac.
Apparently “the road” refers to …
Road Runway Warrior
Libertarian Candidate: Give Crooks the Death Penalty, or Just Board Games
Eric Cantor’s district may get even tougher on crime if one candidate looking to replace the outgoing congressman has his way.
Libertarian Party candidate James Carr gave a shock to advocates of minimal government recently by arguing that government should …
The Cautionary Tale of Bob McDonnell
From the Wednesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Bob McDonnell, Once One of the GOP’s Rising Stars, Heads to the Courthouse
Bob McDonnell, you’re a big jerk.
Here’s one detail from the indictment that’s just heartbreaking …
Geraghty for Congress 2014: Inaction In Action
Today’s Morning Jolt explores how popular culture is attempting to redefine Chris Christie, some new signs about Congress toying with the public in Washington, and then this key announcement about the opening in Virginia’s 8th congressional district:
Geraghty for Congress 2014: …
Want to Win a Big Statewide Race? Don't Get Outspent by $4 Million.
From my article on the state of the Virginia governor’s race, Wednesday: “If you lose the spending war on the airwaves, you’re likely to lose on Election Day.”
Since the government shutdown, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has outspent …