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Inside Politics Archive: November 2010


  • Pelosi to seek minority leader

    Blue Dog survivor Heath Shuler may get his wish: a head-to-head showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi announced Friday that she will seek the House Minority Leader's post in the new Congress, surprising some observers who thought the San Francisco Democrat might retire after "shellacking" her party took in the midterms. Pelosi figured in race after race across the country, with Republicans trying to tie the unpopular House leader around their opponents' necks and Democrats -- especially moderates like Shuler -- desperately scrambling to disassociate themselves. Published November 5 2010

  • Tea party newcomer edges Ortiz in Texas

    Another impressive House win for the tea party -- maybe the most impressive: Challenger Blake Farenthold has defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Solomon Ortiz. With 100 percent of the vote in, the former conservative talk show host was holding a razor-thin 799-vote margin over Ortiz. Ortiz has represented the South Texas district for 28 years. Published November 3 2010

  • Rookie Democrat Kratovil loses in Maryland

    It's not often Republicans have something to brag about in Democrat-dominated Maryland, but the win Tuesday in Congressional District 1 was the exception. Republican Andy Harris easily took his rematch with first-term incumbent Democrat Frank Kratovil in the traditionally conservative district, which combines part of the Baltimore suburbs with the rural Eastern Shore. With 75 percent of the vote counted, Harris had 54 percent of the vote to Kratovil's 42 percent. Published November 2 2010

  • Shuler wins handily in North Carolina

    North Carolina's Rep. Heath Shuler, a leader of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats, won re-election Tuesday night, beating back a tough challenge from Republican Jeff Miller. Miller tried to portray Shuler, a former Washington Redskins quarterback, as a follower of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but Shuler fought back by floating the possibility that he would oppose Pelosi by seeking the speakership himself if Democrats retained the House. That's a moot point now, but the response may have helped the congressman win his third term. Published November 2 2010

  • Obama can't save Perriello

    President Obama campaigned for only one individual congressman this fall: Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia. Perriello lost tonight to Republican Robert Hurt 53 percent to 45 percent. Published November 2 2010

  • GOP rout on in Virginia congressional races

    Republican challenger Morgan Griffith defeated Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher in Virginia's 9th Congressional District. With 69 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Griffith had 52 percent of the vote, and Mr. Boucher 46 percent. Fox News declared Republican Robert Hurt the victor over Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. With 65 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Hurt had 53 percent of the vote, and Mr. Boucher 45 percent. Published November 2 2010

  • Republicans headed for big night in Virginia

    With only 1 percent of precincts reporting in Virginia's 11th Congressional District, Republican challenger Keith Fimian was leading Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, 51 percent to 41 percent. Rep. Bobby Scott was re-elected from Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, defeating Republican challenger Chuck Smith. With 17 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Scott had 61 percent of the vote, and Mr. Smith 36 percent. Published November 2 2010

  • Marco-licious

    The spirited campaign of Marco Rubio continues, even as election day wanes. The conservative U.S. Senator hopeful in Florida has his patriotism intact as the long hours tick by - telling his supporters that their votes for him were an effort to "reclaim America." And Mr. Rubio also helps them wear proof of their activities: Published November 2 2010

  • A huge upset brewing in Texas 27

    If Republicans do register a historic, record-breaking tidal wave tonight, it will be because of districts like Texas 27, where longtime Rep. Solomon Ortiz has gone from congressman-for-life to fighting for his political life against an upstart, out-of-nowhere Republican challenger. Democrat Ortiz, who has held the seat since 1983, is struggling to hold off tea party favorite Blake Farenthold in the South Texas district that runs along the coast from Corpus Christi south to the Mexican border. Real Clear Politics on the eve of the election moved the race, which was once classified "Safe Democrat" from "Leans Democrat" to "Tossup." Published November 2 2010

  • Democrats: Where are our voters?

    Reports of lower-than-hoped-for turnout in Democratic strongholds across the country this afternoon. In Delaware, Democrat Chris Coons' Senate campaign reported "lower turnout ... than we're comfortable with." In Connecticut, GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon's campaign is also reporting low turnout in Democratic precincts -- McMahon spokesman Shawn McCoy told "National Review" the Connecticut race "could be the biggest upset in the country." And in Wisconsin, Rep. Steve Kagen's campaign sent a midday email urging Democrats to get to the polls because "we have just been going over the morning voting numbers -- and turnout isn't where we need it to be." Published November 2 2010

  • Low turnout has Coons campaign on edge

    Democrat Chris Coons, up 10 points or more in pre-Election Day polls, is expected to easily defeat tea party phenomenon Christine O'Donnell today. But a noon email alert from the Coons campaign indicates the Delaware Democrat isn't taking anything for granted. The campaign reported in the noon email to supporters that turnout New Castle and Kent counties is "lower ... than we're comfortable with." Published November 2 2010

  • Is Joe Miller surging? Or sinking?

    Depending on who you talk to, Joe Miller's bid in the tri-furcated Alaska Senate race is in trouble or peaking at the right time. The New York Times just posted Democratsthe following story: "Democrats See Opening in Alaska's Scrambled Race." The article comes one day after Public Policy Polling released a new poll that shows the Republican/tea party candidate with a solid 7 point lead over Democrat Scott McAdams and write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost to Miller in the GOP primary. Published November 1 2010