Here is a quick recap via kos:
- Wingnut school board members on the Dover PA school board were swept out en masse by the city's voters. Eight sane Dems win.
- In Tucson Arizona, Dems took out two Republicans and reverted the city council to Democratic control.
- In Washington State, a measure closely watched by anti-tax zealots to repeal Washington's fuel tax was defeated.
- In Maine, an anti-gay ballot initiative actually failed. That's something you don't see every day.
- In Texas an anti-gay marriage amendment passed easily (even though it may hilariously invalidate every marriage).
- In New Jersey Democrats gained seats in the state legislatures and kept the Governors office.
- In Virginia Democrats gained seats in the state legislatures and kept the Governors office. Bush actually lent some of that famous "political capital" to Virginia's Kilgore, for all the good (and probable harm) it did.
What does this mean for local Republicans like the "unbeatable" Michael Castle ? I think Josh Marshall sums it up.
"...a lot of Republicans will look at what happened tonight and see that something has changed. President Bush was a liability, even for a Republican in a tomato red state like Virginia. They won't say it. But watch what they do. Actions speak louder than words."