Chris Christie, the former U.S. Attorney in the state of New Jersey has won the governorship in convincing enough fashion that ACORN and other election fraud machinations will be unable to overcome the margin of victory.
With 80% of the precincts reporting, Christie 49% to %44 for Corzine.
Corzine outspent Christie three to one and had a conga line of Democrat luminaries come into the state to support his candidacy--including His Holiness Barack Obama, who visited five times. The effort was wasted as Obama's constituency simply didn't turn out to vote. Instead, the intensity was with conservatives and libertarian independents.
Turn out was high.
Virginia, as expected, was swept by a Republican slate.
UPDATE: Exit polls are interesting. Independents went 2 to 1 for Christie.
ANOTHER UPDATE: ABC News:
Senior Congressional Democrats told ABC News today it is highly unlikely that a health care reform bill will be completed this year, just a week after President Barack Obama declared he was "absolutely confident" he'll be able to sign one by then.
"Getting this done by the by the end of the year is a no-go," a senior Democratic leadership aide told ABC News. Two other key Congressional Democrats also told ABC News the same thing.
This makes perfect sense. As I said earlier, the reason they wanted to push through health care legislation was precisely because of this kind of prospective election outcome.
They have two choices--push through a bi-partisan version of the health care bill and claim victory much as Clinton did with Welfare Reform, or deep six it.
Its a binary choice, but not an easy one. Health care was always just a means to an end for the Democrats--a way to recreate the country as a vast entitlement class and thus insure a socialist future. In other western democracies like Canada and the UK, government-run health care is a very, very sacred cow, no matter how obviously dysfunctional the system is and no matter how many people have to die to keep every bureaucrat in their job. With that in mind, the Democrats can never truly consider a bi-partisan approach to creating a rational health care role for government.
This will however, piss off the left-wing base, who justifiably feel this has been their first, best chance to get socialized medicine installed in this country on a broad basis.
Nevertheless, if there is a message out of the election results, it is "The Economy Stupid", and I'd say the smart money is on the Democrats dumping health care legislation and focusing entirely on the economy.
Good luck with that.