Women rose up again as Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated tea party extremist repugican Ken Cuccinelli to become the next governor of Virginia.…
The race wasn’t called until 90% of the vote came in, but the result was as expected. The repugicans are going to question why they lost this election, but the answer is easy. Ken Cuccinelli is a lunatic fringe repugican. He was s wingnut which northern Virginia would not support. The northern part of the state went for McAuliffe, and he won the election. The repugicans will tease themselves into believing that without the government shutdown they would have won. Some of them might even foolishly believe that all of the Obamacare talk over the last two weeks moved them closer to victory.
The reality is that McAuliffe won by roughly the same 1-3 point margin that he led by over the summer. When the data is closely examined it will probably show that the election was closer than the public polling suggested because repugicans turned out to vote, and a lot of Democrats didn’t.
The message to repugicans should be that they need to stop running extremist candidates in winnable elections, but the message they will likely take from this defeat is that they need to bash Obamacare more. Terry McAuliffe was not a great candidate. He was a better candidate than many expected, but he was beatable. The repugicans lost because they nominated a candidate who a threat to the rights of women.
Democrats will continue to win elections, no matter the quality of their candidates, as long as repugicans continue to be led by the tea party. The same trend that has played out all across the country happened again in Virginia as women carried McAuliffe to victory.
Republicans simply aren’t learning anything. If they keep running extremist anti-woman candidates, they will continue to lose. Republicans may have started it, but women are winning the war for their rights.