- - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The off-year elections were held Tuesday, and three states elected governors and Virginia held state legislative seats. The conventional wisdom was the Republicans would take the red states (Mississippi and Louisiana) and the Democrats would take Kentucky.

Surprise, the conventional wisdom was wrong.

1. Conservatives won big. Matt Bevin lost badly to Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate Primary. Earlier this year, he beat the establishment machine when he won the nomination. Tuesday night, Mr. Bevin became the second Republican elected governor of Kentucky in the last four decades. A businessman, Mr. Bevin ran as a conservative Christian and a Tea Party Republican. According to the conventional wisdom, that should have been the kiss of death. Instead, he crushed his liberal opponent.

2. Republicans didn’t have a bad night either. In Kentucky before the election, Republicans only held one out of six statewide offices. After the election, it is five of six.

3. The polls can be wrong. Without fail, they undercount conservative votes. Every poll in Kentucky had liberal Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway winning, albeit by a small margin. Mr. Bevin won by nine points. The polls did not predict the Tea Party wave of 2010 nor did they predict the extent of the Republican wave of 2014.

4. Money doesn’t matter as much as the political consultants say that it does. While Mr. Bevin self-funded some of his campaign, the simple truth is Mr. Conway could not buy the election. In 2014, Dave Brat was outspent by several orders of magnitude by the incumbent, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Mr. Brat’s spending was measured in thousands while Mr. Cantor’s was measured in millions. Mr. Brat defeated Mr. Cantor.

5. The powers that be in Washington don’t know what they are doing. In late September, the Republican Governor’s Association pulled its ads out of Kentucky supporting Mr. Bevin. Most observers took that as a sign the RGA was writing the Kentucky race off.

6. It was a bad night for Democrats, who now only control 17 statehouses while Republicans control 33. In Virginia, the Democrats had hoped to take control of the state Senate in order to allow Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to achieve something in his last two years. They failed.

7. In Houston, the so-called equal rights ordinance failed miserably. The result was because of outrage by conservatives against Houston’s liberal and openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. Earlier, Ms. Parker had tried to subpoena the sermons of pastors who spoke out against the homosexual agenda.

8. In San Francisco, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his bid for re-election. He was thrust into the center of a national storm over San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies after the murder of tourist Kate Steinle.

Tuesday’s races were the first snapshots of the 2016 elections. Liberals had better get ready for a long year. Even in traditional liberal Democrat strongholds the population is unhappy. Kentucky is a state that has now been flipped red. Also, when liberals are rebuffed in a very liberal city like Houston, they are in trouble.

Real Americans are fed up with the failed policies of the Obama Regime. One of Mr. Bevin’s keys to victory were ads that tied Mr. Conway to Obamacare.

Oh. The biggest takeaway from the elections of 2015 is a good one: 2016 should be a very good year for conservatives.

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