From the International Herald-Tribune:
Democrats scored some convincing victories in both houses of the U.S. Congress, picking up at least five Senate seats, ousting Republican incumbents in New Hampshire and North Carolina and capturing seats in Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico left vacant by Republican retirements.
In North Carolina, the senatorial career of Elizabeth Dole, one of the most famous names in Republican politics, came to an end at the hands of Kay Hagan, a state lawmaker whose portrayal of Dole as a Washington insider suggested that she was out of touch with the people of her state.
John Sununu, a first-term Republican from New Hampshire, lost his Senate seat in a rematch with former Governor Jeanne Shaheen, who had relentlessly tied him to President George W. Bush.
And in Virginia, former Governor Mark Warner coasted to victory in the race for an open seat […] having easily defeated another former governor, Jim Gilmore, Warner will now succeed John Warner (no relation), a Republican who did not seek re-election.
And two Democratic cousins now in the House will move over to the Senate: Mark Udall in Colorado and Tom Udall in New Mexico.
After repeated attempts, Democrats finally defeated Representative Christopher Shays of Connecticut, toppling the last House Republican in New England. Democrats also defeated Robin Hayes in North Carolina; Tom Feeney and Ric Keller in Florida; Phil English in Pennsylvania; and Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado.
They picked up seats in New York, with a former House staff member, Dan Maffei, winning a Republican-held seat in the Syracuse area, and were on the verge of gains in Michigan and in two seats vacated by Republicans in New Mexico.
Democrats also gained at least one seat in Obama’s home state, Illinois, where State Senator Debbie Halvorson won an open seat west of Chicago.
From The Boston Globe:
Representative Christopher Shays of Connecticut, until he lost on Tuesday, held the distinction as the last congressional Republican in New England.
Today, he said that the path for the GOP to return from the wilderness in the region — as well as nationally — is not to become a more socially conservative party.
Shays said on MSNBC that the party, while sticking by its fiscally conservative principles, needs to reach out to moderates and to ethnic minorities.
You caught on a little too late, Chris!
Robin Hayes (R-NC), October 18, 2008:
Liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God.
Oh, John Sununu, we hardly knew you! (Okay, that’s my shameless pimping of a diary I wrote at Big Orange back in 2006 that was largely ignored but has a song parody I was very proud of).
From Liddy Dole’s concession speech (after the nasty-ass ads she approved about Kay Hagan):
People from faraway places poured tens of millions of dollars into North Carolina, funding tough, unfair negative ads against me. I responded forcefully. I’m not happy with the tone this race acquired, but I must say I will never regret fighting as hard as I could for the privilege of continuing to serve the people of my state.
Bitch! If you can stomach it, the video is here.
Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) is a third-term member of Congress, representing Florida’s 24th congressional district. Rep. Feeney’s ethics violations stem from his relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and three trips he took in apparent violation of House travel and gift rules. Rep. Feeney was included in CREW’s 2005, 2006, and 2007 congressional corruption reports.