Tag Archives: 2008 elections

Last Night’s Euphoria

Post-election madness outside Usdan last night, it was clearly a great time for the student body to pour itself into a gigantic celebratory mob. And nobody got tased!

Props to whoever brought the fireworks and compiled the Obama victory playlist, and to P-Safe for joining in the festivities. And to President Roth, for showing up (and tactfully declining the multiple drinks offered him by reveling students).

Photos courtesy of Hannah Berkman ’12:

There were fireworks!
Mike Levin ’09 got fireworks shots:

Matt Lesser wins 100th District seat

The Middletown Eye reports:

In a surprise upset, Democratic challenger Matt Lesser unseated Congressman Ray Kalinowski, winning 51% of the votes in the district. His victory was made possible only by virtue of an overwhelming 67% mandate in the Middletown districts, which compensated for losing margins in Middlefield and Durham.

Overall, the results indicate that Dems swept Middletown. Check
out The Eye for the results of other local elections and referenda.


Everybody get the fuck on Foss Hill right now, especially if you are still somehow using a computer and checking this blog!!!

[EDIT, early the next morning]
That was one of the most incredible nights I’ve ever experienced at Wesleyan, feel free to send in photos if you took any.


This is all I can coherently type right now AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[edit 20 minutes later]
This graphic can do no justice to this great historic moment, etc. etc., but with all this excitement on a Tuesday night, functioning effectively for the rest of this week will be way more of a challenge than most us can consider facing right now, unlike the delightfully simple wave of change Barack Obama will likely sweep this nation with in the next 100 days AAAHHHH!!!!!

Also, John McCain is basically a good guy despite a series of bad decisions these past few months:

Election results: President and Senate

Below are two maps that will be updated as the polls close in each state. The top map is for the presidential election, and the bottom one is for the Senate elections. (In the bottom one, gray states are ones in which no senator is up for re-election this year.) Regardless of the status of each race, I’ll keep updating these as the polls close and races are called. I will be following primarily CNN tonight, so I’ll base most of the updates on its projections. If CNN calls a state within 30 minutes of its polls closing, I will make it solid blue or red on the map. If it takes longer than 30 minutes to call it, I will make it light blue or red; once two of the remaining networks (ABC, NBC, and/or CBS) have called it, I’ll change the color to solid. (I’m also using light blue/red if two of the broadcast networks call a state before CNN.)

LAST UPDATE: 3:16 PM, 11/5.

OBAMA: 349
McCAIN: 162

DEMOCRATS: 17 (12 holds; 5 pickups)
REPUBLICANS: 14 (14 holds; 0 pickups)
RUNOFFS: 1 (GA-R leads)
RECOUNTS: 1 (MN-R leads)

On the presidential map, the number within (or next to) each state is the number of electoral votes that state receives. The squares in Maine and Nebraska represent congressional districts; these states award two EVs to the statewide winner and one per congressional district won. NE-02 (Omaha, the easternmost one in Nebraska) is the only one expected to be in play this year.

On the congressional map, Wyoming and Mississippi have two Senate seats up for re-election this year. In Wyoming, Republicans Mike Enzi (A) and John Barrasso (B) are both on the ballot; Barrasso was appointed in 2007 following the death of Republican Craig Thomas. Both seats are expected to stay in Republican hands. In Mississippi, Republican Thad Cochran (A) is expected to win easy re-election. The race to watch is incumbent Republican Roger Wicker vs. Democrat Ronnie Musgrove (B). Wicker was appointed following the retirement of Trent Lott. Because this is a special election, if neither Wicker nor Musgrove gets 50% of the vote, they will face each other (sans third parties) in a runoff to determine the winner. The same is true in Georgia, where incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss is favored to win but may fall below 50%; if neither he nor Democratic challenger Jim Martin reaches the 50% mark, there will be a runoff betwen the two. I assume CNN will wait to call these races until it’s certain one candidate will break the 50% barrier. If neither candidate gets an absolute majority, I will color the race in question light blue or red.

CT Election Results

A quick and dirty post to supplement Ben’s post on the national results. There are no senate seats up for election in CT this cycle.

Incumbents are listed first, winners are bolded, all races have been called, but percentages are as of about 11pm 11/4/08.


District 1

  • Democrat John Larson 70%
  • Republican Joe Visconti 27%
  • Green Stephen Fournier 3%
  • District 2

  • Democrat Joe Courtney 65%
  • Republican Sean Sullivan 33%
  • Green Scott Deshefy 2%
  • District 3

  • Democrat Rosa DeLauro 77%
  • Republican Bo ItsHaky 20%
  • Green Ralph Ferrucci 3%
  • District 4

  • Republican Chris Shays 42%
  • Democrat Jim Himes 57%
  • Libertarian Michael Carrano 1%
  • Green Richard Duffee 0%
  • District 5

  • Democrat Chris Murphy 57%
  • Republican David Cappiello 41%
  • Independent Thomas Winn 1%
  • Green Harold Burbank 1%

    Question 1: Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the state?

  • Yes: 40%
  • No: 60%
  • Question 2: Should 17-year-olds be allowed to vote in primary elections if they will be eligible to vote in the general election?*

  • Yes: 65%
  • No: 35%
  • There are two things that I take away from these results. The first is with the victory of Jim Himes in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, there are no more Republican Congresscritters in New England. The second is that since the constitutional convention failed to pass, marriage equality is nuch safer in Connecticut than it would have been if the vote had gone the other way.

    *Not the exact wording.

    Interactive Feelings

    The NYT has an interactive mood counter, where you can describe how you’re feeling about today’s election. It updates on the hour and can be broken down by whether people are voting for Obama or McCain. Some of the thing Obama respondents are feeling in large numbers are hopeful, inspired, proud, nervous, and jittery, whereas McCain supporters say that they are resigned, angry, scared, apprehensive, and worried. Check it out if you want to entertain yourself between now and when the polls close.

    Election Day Roundup

    Important Info for Wesleyan Students voting in CT:

    6am – 8pm, Tuesday Nov 4
    Middletown Senior Center, 150 Broad Street
    Williams St entrance across from Broad St Books
    10am – 7:30pm Departures on the hour and half hour
    Usdan Center, Wyllys Ave entrance
    Drivers’ license, utility bill, paycheck or other ID needed
    ID Requirements for first time voters

    A selection of recent election-related posts on Wesleying:

    Miscellaneous Election Day Links:

    Vote well! If you have links that should be added to this post, put them in the comments and a Wesleying contributor will update this post at hir earliest convenience.

    Voting in Middletown? Consider Catherine Johnson

    Arkadiusz Piegdon ’08 sent in a message about Catherine Johnson, who is running on the Republican ticket for Connecticut state House against Joe Serra in our district:

    I worked for an urban planner in Middletown and she’s running for
    election this year and I think it would be great if she got some votes
    from Wesleyan students tomorrow.

    He also included a message from Catherine Johnson, which was a bit long, for which I apologize; however, I think it’s interesting, so I didn’t want to cut any of it out. Bolding is my own:

    Hello, my name is Catherine Johnson. I’m running for state representative in District 33 against Joe Serra who’s had the job for 16 years. Because I may not have the opportunity to meet you before the election Tuesday, I want to give you a little background on local politics and myself.

    Why I am Running
    I want to move Middletown toward a more sustainable way of life. I am committed to investing in mass transit, open space preservation, diversifying housing, and providing access to daily needs within walking or bike-riding distance. I believe we should rebuild our train and bus network and I’d like to see Middletown at the top of the list of places to start. Outside of planning, my primary goals are protecting civil rights and improving education. Both my parents were teachers, and it is the profession I most admire.

    These issues seem particularly timely in Connecticut as the State Legislature began looking at Smart Growth issues for the 2009 session. As an architect & town planner, I have been able to contribute to ideas reviewed in their four committees since April. It seems as though my candidacy has come at an incredibly relevant moment in our state’s history.

    Local Politics and Making a Difficult Choice
    After watching the decision-making process here in Middletown for about 3 years, I’ve realized that there are rarely new ideas. The common council has barely changed members in 20 years. Few new people are let in, if ever, and no one wants to change that. This is unhealthy. Consider what happens to the body when there is no movement. That is the state of our city government.

    Last summer, I realized I had to get involved formally in planning or Middletown was going to be entirely paved over in 10 years. I either had to run for the P & Z Commission or move to Copenhagen.

    I proudly have been an Independent my whole life, voting Democrat for president in every election, which I will do again this year. But I realized I needed to join one of the two parties because here in Middletown no Independent is ever elected. Also, I had heard unflattering things about one of the parties, and I hesitated. I simply did not know what to do.

    I decided to follow the example of David Bauer. If you were to attend just one council meeting, you would see the difference he makes. He is inviting new people into the process where new is not welcome in this city. He ran for state rep and common council as an Independent and did not win, then ran for council on the Republican ticket and won. Amazingly, he now chairs the Republican town committee (which, by the way, has about only 14 active members). Last year, I ran for the Planning and Zoning Commission on the Republican ticket and won. This March, David asked me to consider running for state rep. suggesting I could continue working on Smart Growth for Middletown but now at the state level.

    What I support
    That is the whole story of how I came to acquire the unlikely rubric of Republican, and the story of what I see going on in the city. I would be happy to answer any of your questions about what I support. Please call me at 343-1611 or 343-8286. To end the suspense, I am pro-choice, pro-marriage rights for everyone and believe we should consider legalizing marijuana. There’s more on CatherineJohnson08.com. My article in this Sunday’s Hartford Courant (Nov 2) Commentary explains more in detail what transit investment could do for or economy here in central Connecticut. I leave it to you to decide if I am worthy of your vote.

    Thank you for your time,
    Catherine Johnson

    Check out her website; it’s an interesting read, and some pretty decent designing, too! It even seems to include an interview by Wesleyan’s very own bio prof, Stephen Devoto.