Is Alabama the sign of things to come?
As the GOP civil war rages on in Washington between the Establishment and Tea Party. The Establishment has its first win. In the 1st Congressional District, former Alabama state senator Bradley Byrne defeated incumbent Dean Young by 4 percentage points.
The business establishment poured big bucks into Byrne’s campaign, he received endorsements from U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association. He also won the backing of two of his former primary opponents and members of Congress inside and outside Alabama.
Byrne raised 700,000 to Young’s $260,000, and has received donations from a political action committee run by former Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle, as well as endorsements from conservative talk show hosts Mark Levin and Erick Erickson.
Byrne said he would only vote to raise the debt ceiling if it was part of a larger deal. Young, who touts himself as a more “conservative Republican,” vowed not to support an increase at all and said he would not vote for Republican John Boehner to be re-elected as House speaker.
Byrne will face off with Democrat Burton LeFlore in the Dec 17, general election. (Note: the last Democrat held this office 48 years ago)
Is Chris Christie the Future of the GOP?
Blue state voted Red and Red state voted blue yesterday.
Chris Christie decisive win in yesterday could be the Blueprint for the GOP. Christie appealed to groups who typically vote for Democrats. Early exit polls indicate the GOP governor grabbing 56% of the female vote and winning all age groups other than those 18-29. Christie also took a fifth of the African-American vote and 45% of Latinos, a much better performance than most Republicans in recent elections.