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Johnson Upsets Feingold in Wisconsin

Manchin hangs on in West Virginia; Connecticut’s Blumenthal slams down McMahon.

Three-term Sen. Russ Feingold lost last night to his political antithesis—Ron Johnson, businessman and political newcomer.  Conservative Republican Johnson came out of nowhere to unseat the veteran liberal Democrat with 53% of the vote.

Johnson’s surge to the Senate comes as Republican Scott Walker has an early lead in race for governor and GOPers look strong in three Democratic-held House districts.  Stay tuned…

Raese Falls Short In West Virginia

Despite a spirited effort by national Republicans, West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin hung on in the special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd.  Manchin, who distanced himself from President Obama on several issues, won about 53% against Republican businessman John Raese.

Manchin’s election to the Senate will necessitate a special election to replace him as governor sometime next year.  Republicans are already discussing a bid by Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, who passed on a Senate race this year.

Connecticut’s Blumenthal Slams Down McMahon
 
Although she spent at least $25 million—almost all of it from her own pocket—former World Wrestling Entertainment head Linda McMahon could not take down Democrat Richard Blumenthal.  In the race to succeed retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd in Connecticut, his fellow Democrat and State Attorney General Blumenthal got about 55% of the vote against McMahon.

McMahon told HUMAN EVENTS she was a “moderate on social issues, conservative on economic issues” and slammed Blumenthal for questionable statements about his service in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  She also hit hard at the Democrat (whose long service as the state’s top law enforcement office earned him the nickname “eternal general”) on his support for Democrat-backed health care and stimulus money.

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