Will Elections in New Jersey and Virginia Foreshadow a National GOP Resurgence?

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The State Net Capitol Journal reports that upcoming gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey could foreshadow a national Republican resurgence

Although President Barack Obama is still popular, the State Net Capitol Journal's Lou Cannon reports that Obama's absence from the 2009 and 2010 tickets leaves Democratic candidates at a major disadvantage in comparison to recent elections.

"As with many of his predecessors in their first year in office, Obama is more popular than his policies," Cannon says. "Democratic candidates will be saddled with the perceived downsides of his policies without the magic of his name. If so, Republicans stand to make a significant rebound from their recent election drubbings, both at the state and national levels.

"It's hardly gloom and doom for the Republicans, who in the wake of the Obama landslide of 2008 seemed poised to go the way of the Whigs," says Cannon, who notes that "even with a faster-paced recovery, the off-year elections would be a slog for the Democrats because the electorates that participate in them are different from the one that propelled Obama into power."

To get the full story, check out the new issue of the State Net Capitol Journal on the State Net Web site at http://www.statenet.com.

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State Net (http://www.statenet.com) has helped organizations track legislative and regulatory developments for more than 30 years. Headquartered in Sacramento, State Net monitors every bill in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Congress as well as all state agency regulations. The company delivers online services, issue-based consultation and analysis that enable the nation's leading organizations to effectively respond to opportunities and risks across the nation.

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References: Cannon, Lou. (2009, October 19, 2009). "Will NJ and VA elections foreshadow GOP resurgence?" State Net Capitol Journal. http://www.statenet.com

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