After venting, now some numbers… that is besides the 19 state legislatures won by Republicans, and Obama losing Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, plus the industrial Midwest to the old southern Confederacy states.
Union households, a key Democratic voting bloc, turned out in force last night and accounted for a quarter of the vote in the battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and Ohio, exit poll showed.
The problem: They didn’t always vote for Democrats, despite six-figure ad campaigns and get-out-the-vote efforts by their unions encouraging them to do so.
In the Pennsylvania Senate contest, for example, exit polls showed that 44% of union household members who voted Tuesday picked Republican Pat Toomey, rather than Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak. Mr. Toomey narrowly won, 51% to 49%, according the latest numbers from the Associated Press.
What’s going on? Nearly half, 45%, of Pennsylvania’s union household voters said someone in their house had been laid off in the past two years. President Barack Obama carried this state by 10 points in 2008, and campaigned there repeatedly this fall. But on Tuesday, 36% of the state’s electorate said they voted to register their discontent with Mr. Obama.
In the Ohio governor’s race, nearly a third of the labor vote backed Republican John Kasich, who narrowly defeated incumbent Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland.
Yeah, and about the wheeling and double dealing on the Cadillac tax in the health care plan, how’d that work out?
You think this is bad? Just wait until Pres. Obama cuts a deal on education.