Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I'm Hanging It Up For The Night
I've had enough of politics for the night. I don't know how the nation will turn out - not good is my suspicion - but North Carolina turned out fairly well.
Pat McCrory picked up the governor's seat beating Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton (D-NC) rather handily. This will be the first time NC has had a Republican governor since 1988. The Lt. Governor's race is currently too close to call.
In the US House, Republicans have picked up the 8th, 11th, and 13th congressional districts which were held by Democrats. It is too close to call in the 7th where Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) holds a 400 vote lead over State Sen David Rouzer (R). Gun owners win either way. The Congressional delegation will either be 9-4 Republicans or 10-3 Republican with the Senate split.
The Republicans look to hold on to their majorities in both the State Senate and House.
And the state was just called for Mitt Romney. We did our part and now it is up to the rest of the nation.
UPDATE: I see Fox and most of the others have called it for Obama. It isn't going to be pretty for the next four years and Chris Christie can rot in hell as far as I'm concerned.
UPDATE II: In North Carolina, the General Assembly will be solidly Republican. In the State House, Republicans will hold 77 seats as compared to the Democrats 43. This looks to be a net gain of 9. The State Senate will remain under Republican control with 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats. This is no change.
Rep. Mike McIntyre (R-7) held on to his seat in Congress by 508 votes. He did have the NRA endorsement while GRNC was supporting his opponent State Sen. David Rouzer. In the 8th District, the other Blue Dog Democrat, Larry Kissell lost by over 20,000 votes to Richard Hudson. The 11th and 13th Districts were open seats with Democrat incumbents who chose not to run for re-election.
Pat McCrory won the governorship with over 54% of the vote while Dan Forest squeaked by with about a 100,000 vote margin.
Finally, not that it matters in the greater scheme of things but Mitt Romney did win the state by about 97,000 votes.
On the state level, I think we have a better chance to get more reforms passed with regard to gun laws. I think restaurant carry along with a clarification of park carry will come before the General Assembly in the 2013 session and pass.