All eyes, for now, are focused on the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Will those races be referenda on Obama and the Democrats?

Yes, to some extent they will. If Republican candidates win those two races, that reflects upon the Democratic Party and its national leader. But off the national media radar, there are plenty of other smaller elections

-- special elections for state legislative seats -- which already show serious political problems for the Democrats.

"I love it When 'Chuckles the Smuck' Shumer Squirms over this! "

The following list shows:
(1) a particular state legislative seat which has held a special election in 2009; for example, the first race listed is the election results for the 89th District of the Maine House of Representatives,

(2) the percentage of the vote that the Republican candidate running in that district received in the 2008 general election last November, and (3) the percentage of the vote that the Republican candidate received in a special election this year in the very same state legislative district.


Maine House (89)
GOP Vote 11/08 33%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 66%
Change,Maine House (89)
GOP +33%
..........................
New Hampshire Senate (3)
GOP Vote 11/08 50%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 68%
GOP +18%
.................................
South. Carolina House (30)

GOP Vote 11/08 45%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 54%
GOP +9%
.........................
New Hampshire House (4)
GOP Vote 11/08 49%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election62%
GOP +13%
...........................
Pennsylvania House (124)
GOP Vote 11/08 68%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 70%
GOP + 2%
.............................
Alabama Senate (7)
GOP Vote 11/08 34%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 67%
GOP +33%
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Delaware Senate (19)
GOP Vote 11/08 0%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 63%
GOP +63%
...........................
Florida Senate (28)
GOP Vote 11/08 62%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 77%
GOP +15%
...............................
Tennessee House (62)
GOP Vote 11/08 45%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 67%
GOP +22%
............................
Oklahoma House (65)
GOP Vote 11/08 0%
GOP Vote 2009 Special Election 56%
GOP +56%

The data speaks for itself: in the very same legislative districts, Republican candidates have been doing much better in special elections after Obama took office than Republican candidates did in November 2008, when large numbers of black voters and young voters turned out to elect Obama.

The big jump for Republican candidates appears in Red states (Oklahoma, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee), in Blue states (Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maine), and in Purple states (Florida and New Hampshire.)

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