Readers, I still have not absorbed all that happened yesterday for Tea Party candidates and other conservative candidates this blogger has found of interest in recent months, but here are a few reports to begin with:
* Neil Parrott whupped Brien Poffenberger for the Delegate 2b seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. Parrott is the founder of the Hagerstown Tea Party where I am a member and the seat is for the district in which I live. Here is the story at the Herald Mail this morning and here is the archival record of the many posts I wrote on this campaign that had turned dirty a few weeks ago.
Poffenberger didn’t understand the mood of the Tea Party and its like-minded voters in Washington County—forget dirty campaign tactics and just tell us what you would like to work toward if elected. Maybe such tactics work in the big city, but not in Southern Washington County. Parrott, who was at a financial disadvantage compared to Poffenberger, also has to be credited with running a long and thorough ground game—months and months of one on one campaigning. The takeaway lesson, in addition to no dirty tricks and lying literature, is that one has to campaign hard for about a year to win a delegates seat.
* O’Malley trounced Ehrlich for the the Maryland governship, meanwhile from coast to coast Republicans were winning governor’s races. See more on my views on Ehrlich and the MD GOP’s downfall in my next post. Here it is.
* Yes! Perriello lost in Virginia 5! I wrote about him here in May, calling the race a bellweather for Obama, and Michelle Malkin gloats here about the ‘reverse Midas touch.’ Obama’s recent visit to Charlottesville may have actually hurt the first termer who beat one of my favorite representatives two years ago—Virgil Goode (one of the tiny handful of legislators concerned with Muslim immigration). Seems the enviros lost big when they lost Perriello, here.
* Joe Manchin won over Republican Raese in West Virginia (I wrote about the race here), but because Manchin sounded like a Republican and made lots of promises it’s going to be fun to see if he falls in lock-step with Obama when he gets to DC.
* Here in Washington County (MD), primary loser Don Munson pulled a Murkowski and organized a last minute write-in campaign to go after fellow Republican Chris Shank who had handily won the primary for a state Senate seat back in September. Munson didn’t even come close yesterday (unlike Murkowski in Alaska who might manage a write-in win, but will be haunted by Tea Partiers who will be watching everything she does in Washington from now on).