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November 06, 2013

Something for Everyone in Election Results

Stu Rothenberg: "Democrats can look at Virginia and conclude that Republican 'extremism on social issues like abortion, contraception and guns, combined with the deep divisions that appeared in the Alabama 1st District GOP primary results, continue to offer them opportunities for 2014 and virtually guarantee victory in 2016."

"Republicans can look at the tightness of the Virginia contest and conclude that the unpopularity of Obamacare strengthens their hand for 2014 and will be an albatross around the neck of the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016."

"Pragmatic conservative Republicans can point to Bradley Byrne's victory in Alabama and Chris Christie's blow-out in New Jersey as evidence that the tea party wing of the GOP has met its match and "establishment" candidates have greater electability. And tea party conservatives can point to Alabama's primary results to prove that the establishment will do whatever it can to deny grass-roots conservatives the victories that they deserve -- and conclude that fighting just a little harder is all that it will take to defeat the establishment eventually."


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