2006 Election Coverage

Here's an article I wrote for the November Issue of The Observer about the 2006 Mid-Term Elections.

On Tuesday, November 7, Americans went to the voting booth to elect public officials in the mid-term elections. After all of the votes were counted, the 2006 elections proved to be a very influential one which will be changing the political make up of our country in the next few weeks.
For the first time since Woodrow Wilson was President, both the House of Representatives and the Senate had their majority parties swap, resulting in a Democratically controlled Congress. For the first time since the “Republican Revolution” during the 1994 elections, the Democratic Party gained control of both the House and Senate.
A number of firsts for the US Congress happened during this year’s mid-term elections. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is expected to become the first female Speaker of the House, and Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is expected to become the first Mormon Senate Majority Leader. For the first time ever, Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) become the first Muslim elected to the US Congress, and two Representatives became the first Buddhists in the US Congress.
Locally, a number of highly contested elections came to a close across New England. Here in New Hampshire, both Incumbent Representatives were defeated in close elections. Carol Shea-Porter (D) defeated Jeb Bradley (R-I) in the First Congressional District, and Paul Hodes (D) defeated Charlie Bass (R-I) in the Second Congressional District. Incumbent Gubernatorial candidate John Lynch (D) defeated James Coburn (R) to keep his position of Governor of New Hampshire.
Probably the most noticed campaigns in the region were the campaigns for Governor of Massachusetts. One term Governor Mitt Romney (R) did not seek re-election and instead endorsed Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey as the Republican nominee. After a close Democratic Primary, former US Attorney General Deval Patrick became the Democratic nominee. Grace Ross (G-R) and Christy Mihos(I) also ran but only saw poll numbers in the single digits. In the end, Deval Patrick (D) became Governor-elect winning 55% of the vote. The highly publicized “Question 1” to allow a separate class of liquor licenses to be created for grocery stores was defeated with 56% of the vote.
Overall, 2006 was a great year for the Democratic Party. No Democratic incumbent lost, and no Republicans captured any open House, Senate, or Gubernatorial seat previously held by a Democrat for the first time in US history. With the 2006 Elections now over, it is only a few more months until the 2008 Presidential election is at our front door. A number of people have already announced their candidacy, and still more are to come, but if the trend continues, the Republican party will have to re-focus their strategies to gain ground back in D.C.

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