Election Day 2009
Yes indeed it is Election Day once again, but after the excitement of last year’s presidential election, it’s feeling pretty sleepy around here by comparison. Perhaps you are voting for your mayor or city council, maybe you have a special election in your district, or even a few statewide referenda to consider. It is these off-year elections that turnout the true civic diehards among us.
There are a few big races to consider nationally, including gubernatorial contests in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as the now infamous battle in the 23rd district of New York. But these races have been so parsed and over-analyzed at this point, that I don’t really have anything to add at the moment.
Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I am a strong believer in the idea that changes in technology, fundraising, and media coverage have combined to make local elections more national than ever before. But even I will be careful not to read too much into today’s results, in terms of greater import for the Obama Administration or for underlying shifts in the electorate’s ideological composition. Maybe I will tease out a lesson or two about campaign strategy.
Once the results are in tonight, I will be taking a fresh look at the electoral landscape as a guest tomorrow morning on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange. You can listen to the show live here (top menu) at 9 a.m., or catch it later here. If nothing else, tomorrow marks the official beginning of the 2010 midterm election season!

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