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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 09:56 AM

For The First Time In 30 Years.....

I'm going to be represented by a Democrat in Congress! I grew up in a reliably democratic district and took it for granted that democrats always won-until I moved. For the last 30 years I was in the middle of a solidly republican district that was configured to be a safe seat for the GOP. Not anymore folks! New Jersey's congressional districts were drawn by a bi-partisan commission during the Christie administration to have 6 Democratic seats and 6 Republican seats. As of now NJ's delegation is 10-2 in favor of the democrats. Three "safe" republican seats flipped. A fourth, that I didn't think would ever see a democrat within spitting distance hasn't been called as of this morning. That's how close the state is to going 11-1. This is a big deal-but then again we know Trump here in NJ better than most.

Looking nationally, 229 seats in Congress is a pretty healthy majority that brings control of the committees, the agenda and the budget. There's a democrat elected to Congress in Oklahoma of all places. Kansas has a democratic governor and democrats took back the only seat they've held in recent history from Yoder. New Gingrich's old seat is going democratic. Goodbye Dana Rohrabacher. Adios Steve Sessions. Sayonyara Dean Heller. Don't let the screen door hit you Scott Walker. A lot of good came out of last night.

When things are looking bleak you want everything to get better right away. Things don't work like that. The economy is reasonably good. Partisan gerrymandering is an incredible burden to overcome. The rural/urban-suburban divide is troubling. There's a lot of obstacles out there. But the number of votes cast across the board significantly favored democrats. Serious inroads were made. Right foot-left foot, keep marching in the right direction. At the end of the day, Trump is still there, albeit seriously de-fanged, to remind us to keep pushing. We didn't get into this mess in one election cycle and one election cycle wasn't going to get us out of it-but we made a lot of progress. Things are about to get seriously interesting in Washington. Meanwhile, I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that my republican district just sent a Democrat to represent us in DC. Hallelujah.

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Reply For The First Time In 30 Years..... (Original post)
Laxman Nov 7 OP
Dread Pirate Roberts Nov 7 #1
Le Gaucher Nov 7 #2
Laxman Nov 7 #4
Le Gaucher Nov 7 #6
Laxman Nov 7 #8
Le Gaucher Nov 7 #11
Cha Nov 7 #3
Laxman Nov 7 #5
Cha Nov 7 #7
Laxman Nov 7 #9
Cha Nov 7 #10
rocktivity Nov 7 #12
Laxman Nov 8 #16
malaise Nov 7 #13
47of74 Nov 8 #14
Laxman Nov 8 #15
rocktivity Nov 9 #18
Dem_4_Life Nov 8 #17

Response to Laxman (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:20 AM

1. Moving to republican country was a shock for me too

I didn't spend 30 years in the desert like you but I always pretended that Frank Pallone was still my congressman. Now it's see you later Leonard and I have an actual democratic congressman again.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:24 AM

2. I was in Tom Malinowski's room last night at Embassy Suites when

Lance conceded and the election was called for him by MSNBC..

People, total strangers even were high giving , hugging screaming and crying..

It. Was. Amazing.

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Response to Le Gaucher (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:41 AM

4. If You Live In Western Morris....

or Hunterdon Counties, you might as well be living in Kansas for all the chances that Democrats have around here. Yeah, there's been democrats running and winning as republicans in local races forever, but when it comes to state and national elections, it's been slim pickings. I had a feeling Malinowski was going to win. I spend a lot of time out in the hinterlands and talked to a lot of hardcore republicans who were telling me they were voting democrat. Malinowski signs were lining Route 513 and all over farm country (on lawns, not just the roadside), but that's just all anecdotal evidence. This is a big deal. It must have been pretty cool to be there for the win!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:54 AM

6. More than Tom M .. I am thrilled that the POS Webber lost.

Webber is FUCKING crazy

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Response to Le Gaucher (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:08 AM

8. I Have The Distinct Displeasure....

of knowing him. I'm pretty tolerant of differing opinions and I can deal with a lot of different kinds of people. He's a creep.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:39 AM

11. I dont envy you.. All my knowledge about Webber is the horror stories I have heard.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:39 AM

3. Well Congratulations, Laxman!

Yeah, Rohrabacher was in there 30 years, too.

Sharice Davids has gingrich's old seat.. must blow their minds.

I'm guessing you don't want to say who the Dem is who won your District?

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:54 AM

5. I'm Still Kind Of Stunned....

It was Tom Malinowski defeating Lance. I lived in Freylinghuysen's district forever and just when it was starting to trend a little blue, I got shuffled into an even more solidly republican district. The dividing line is actually in my backyard. I figured at least I would be able to see a democratic district because we just knew Rodney was going down. But...things have a funny way of working out.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:03 AM

7. Oh thanks! I thought it

might have been Mikie Sherrill.

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/morristown/articles/mikie-sherrill-claims-decisive-historic-win-in-nj-11-10

Yes they do have a funny way of working out sometimes.

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:27 AM

9. She's Got A Future...

Mikie Sherrill is going to play well with NJ voters in the long run. I think she's in that seat for as long as she wants. I think that six years from now she can take Menendez' place in the senate.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:31 AM

10. She's sounds very impressively qualified..

And, not important but she looks adorable.. and I just discovered her when I was researching for a Dem winning in a gop district.

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 07:29 PM

12. "That's how close the state is to going 11-1..."

New Jersey now IS 11-1: The NJ 3rd District race has just flipped in favor of Democrats
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211389677


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 09:50 AM

16. That's Just Remarkable.....

those Ocean County towns are probably doing some serious soul searching right now. All of the "refugees" who fled Essex & Bergen counties and the denizens of all of those Leisure Village retirement communities are wondering where they can go next to escape the democratic plague that keeps following them!

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 07:30 PM

13. Very cool

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:39 AM

14. Cool. So am I.

Abby Finkenauer knocked off Rod Blum here in Iowa Tuesday. It will be so nice to have actual representation in Congress again instead of another Trump boot licker like we had.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 09:42 AM

15. Feels Good.....

doesn't it? I never thought I'd see the day. But then again, I never thought I'd see the day when Trump was elected President.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 09:19 AM

18. Trump was elected by the electoral vote

NEVER forget that he was NOT elected by a MAJORITY of the voters.


rocktivity

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Response to Laxman (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 10:18 AM

17. Super cool!

I am jealous unfortunately my gerrymandered district still stayed red although we got super close to flipping and my city all turned blue! So we are a darker shade of blue which is awesome.

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