In a few words, not necessarily. When you dig into the exit polls in Virginia, it turns out that it’s not a foregone conclusion that the Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis played spoiler for Republican Ken Cuccinelli in a race that was decided by 2.5%.
An extremely late-breaking story about Robert Sarvis, a questionable libertarian with an Obama bundler’s backing, has made waves on conservative websites. A late surge by Sarvis could spell the end for Cuccinelli’s imperfectly run campaign, it was speculated. Interestingly, even supposedly conservative pundits like Jennifer Rubin at the left-wing Washington Post threw their backing behind Sarvis. But was it enough?
Turns out the Republicans’ race against Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe, who outraised Cuccinelli 2-to-1, was a lot closer than anticipated. With 99% of precincts reporting, McAuliffe edged Cuccinelli by 48.0% to 45.5%, with the Libertarian candidate gaining 6.6%. It stands to reason that the Libertarian Party candidate must have been the difference. But look at the exit polling for party voting (zoomable image):
Sarvis actually only took 4% of the Republican vote (about 28,402 votes), and 3% of the Democrat vote (24,630) – less than 4,000 more Republican votes than Democrat votes. The Independent segment, which is sizable, takes a bit more projection.
Read the full article at the Independent Journal Review.
Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia on Tuesday with 47 percent of the vote, as Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli took 46 percent and Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis took 7 percent.
With 98 percent of the vote counted, McAuliffe had 1,029,836 votes, Cuccinelli had 993,419 votes, and Sarvis had 143,012 votes.
The race was considerably closer than recent public opinion polls had indicated it would be. A Quinnipiac poll completed Nov. 3 had McAuliffe up 6 points over Cuccinelli, and a PPP poll completed that same day had McAuliffe up by 7 points. The RealClearPolitics.com average of all polls had McAuliffe up 6.7 points.
Nonetheless, in the actual polling on election day, McAuliffe squeaked out a 1-point victory, with a third-party Libertarian candidate, Sarvis, drawing off 7 percentage points.
Read the full story at CNSNews.com.
First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting an event on Tuesday to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, or “festival of lights,” to honor Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Hindus celebrate by placing small earthenware oil lamps called “diyas” in their homes to help the goddess find her way, according to the BBC’s online home schooling curriculum website.
“In India Hindus will leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Lakshmi can come in,” the website states.
Diwali also marks the first day of the business year “and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year,” the website states.
Read more at CNSNews.com.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio stood silently by as celebrity booster Harry Belafonte compared the Tea Party-supporting Koch brothers to the Ku Klux Klan inside a Harlem Church on Sunday — then let the inflammatory attack slide as he spoke to the overflow congregation.
De Blasio warmly embraced Belafonte after the liberal icon called the Kochs “white supremacists” and “men of evil,” and repeatedly praised the actor during his own speech from the pulpit of the First Corinthian Baptist Church.
Belafonte, 87, viciously tore into billionaire energy moguls and political activists Charles and David Koch as he introduced de Blasio to the virtually all-black audience.
“Already we have lost 14 states in this union to the most corrupt group of citizens I’ve ever known. They make up the heart and the thinking in the minds of those who would belong to the Ku Klux Klan. They are white supremacists. They are men of evil. They have names,” Belafonte said.
“They are flooding our country with money. They’ve come into to New York City — they are beginning to buy their way in to city politics. They are pouring money into Presbyterian Hospital to take over the medical care system.”
“The Koch brothers, that’s their name,” he added.
Read the full article at the New York Post.
NOTE; David Koch made the largest donation in the history of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital when he donated $100 million to fund their outpatient facility on Manhattan’s east side. Liberals consider that “evil” of course.