Due to the Category 5 election in New England, which threw out R House members from NH and CT, Chris Shays is now the only GOP member ifrom the House from my favorite region of the country. Joe Courtney has won the recount in CT-02, making CT 2 for 3 in firing Republicans (Chris Murphy ran an excellent campaign to beat Nancy Johnson in CT-05).
When the final nine of the district's 65 towns had completed their recounts, Courtney still clung to a margin of roughly 90 votes over Simmons — even slimmer than his 167-vote lead on Election Day that made the race one of the closest in the nation, and the tightest in this eastern Connecticut district since 1994.
One day after recounts resulted in several large swings of momentum, Courtney's lead held relatively steady Tuesday, with none of the remaining towns reporting anything other than incremental changes in their results.
With the completion of a recanvass in the town of Ashford shortly before 9 p.m. — in which the challenger picked up a single vote — the recount effort was complete, cementing a Courtney victory of about 90 votes, according to town officials and results released by the office of Secretary of the State Susan L. Bysiewicz.
Outside of New England, the tsunami wasn't as great, but we're clear in our opinion: New Englanders don't care for the party of Bush, even if Poppy lives in Maine.
VOTE BY REGION
Enjoy tomorrow's Majority Leader vote, but don't lose sight of the Big Picture. The Minority Leader vote has far more significance. When all is said and done, the GOP will either move back toward the middle, or continue their efforts to be the Southern Conservative party... and even in the South, they will not be unchallenged.