Election Day: Upsets, and hoping not to end up upset

It’s Election Day. We’ve said and heard all there is to say and hear — at least until we know who won and who lost.

Well, just about everything. I’m asking each of you for two things:

1. an election result that you think will happen even though other people aren’t expecting it — an upset; and

2. an election result that must happen for you to be pleased with the day’s outcome — something to keep you from being upset.

I’ll start:

1. I would say that John Monds gets less of the vote than most opinion polls show — less than 4 percent — and Nathan Deal wins outright. But that isn’t going out on much of a limb. So, I’ll also say that Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina sweep in California. (Two — no, three — no, four — upsets for the price of one!)

2. This one’s pretty obvious: a Republican majority in the U.S. House. They’ll still have to prove themselves worthy of the voters’ decision. But for now, simply standing athwart history and yelling “Stop!” — not to mention taking the speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi — will be good enough.

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Tanya Harding

November 2nd, 2010
9:51 am

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Tanya Harding

November 2nd, 2010
9:53 am

Meg & Carly – not sure I agree there, would like to see that result. Monds good call. Deal winning outright, maybe but the demographics on the early votes don’t help Deal.

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

November 2nd, 2010
9:58 am

Even Gallup admits their 15% gap in uncharted territory.

Reps take 76 House seats.
Reps take control of Senate.
Deal is elected Govenor without the runoff.
Nancy Pelosi threatens Suicide only after shaving her head in protest.
Reid is tossed out.
Miller takes AK, no runoff.
OH goes Republican.
Sestak loses.
Rand Paul wins.
McMahon squeaks win in CT.

Obama calls Americans uninformed.
Keith Olberman, Chris Mathews and Judy Woodruff are instutionalized.
Bill Maher quits TV and Amercia for good then moves to Libya where he attempts to start his own religious cult only to be tortured and murdered for his efforts.

Katy Couric begins a new round of TV melodramas and begins dating Cynthia McKinney.
Joe Biden states if he could figure out what the election results mean he would try to explain it to the American people.
Jimmy Carter gets his own reality show.

And…thats about it…

BlahBlahBlah

November 2nd, 2010
10:02 am

Linda McMahon shocks the world in Connecticut by winning in an upset. But then she immediately turns heel and switches parties, cracking the Lt. Governor over the head with a steel chair and immediately appointing HHH as the new Lt. Governor.

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

November 2nd, 2010
10:13 am

“HHH as the new Lt. Governor.”

LMAO!

Gordon Soley

November 2nd, 2010
10:15 am

“…and that all remains to be seen”

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 2nd, 2010
10:26 am

Blah & Gordon

Excellent posts. We’ve got to get order restored here; pandemonium is breaking loose.

I don’t know who’ll win the Governor’s race but I know who will lose it………we Georgians.

I Report :-) You Whine :-( mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

November 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

The Repugs taking the Senate works for me on both counts.

Richard

November 2nd, 2010
10:45 am

The big upset is me. I’m upset that there is a state senator on my ballot that is running unopposed. Is this a joke? This person gets to run unchecked by anyone?

Richard

November 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

Oh, and since none of the people elected will make any difference at all, GO PROP 19!!!

Not So Casual Observer

November 2nd, 2010
10:52 am

No prediction, just a prayer: Amendment 1 is defeated.

Kyle Wingfield

November 2nd, 2010
10:52 am

Richard: Check the list of all candidates for the state legislature…about half of them run unopposed, and this happens almost every year.

Richard

November 2nd, 2010
10:57 am

Kyle,

I’m aware of that. I think it’s a massive injustice that someone can get “elected” becuase the people have no options. Just my take.

Roy-Is-A-Crook

November 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Let the Vote of Repudiation begin.

Kyle Wingfield

November 2nd, 2010
11:05 am

Oh, I agree, Richard. I agree.

jconservative

November 2nd, 2010
11:11 am

I would love to see a record number of Incumbents lose their seats. Either Republican or Democratic Incumbents, makes no difference, to me.

The big question on the table for me is will the Republicans, now in control of Congress, continue the 30 year trend of borrowing money to fund tax cuts?

Tommy Maddox

November 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

If the Right takes both houses, maybe we can threaten them with another upheaval if they don’t pass term limits [along with repealing some other items]. Then of course comes the veto pen – so I’ll just dream on…

Jefferson

November 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

The GOP has no credibility. Will they continue to make fools of their voters or will they change?

Shaun Mendenhall

November 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

A vote for Monds means that we’ll have another 3 weeks of political commercials. I want my normal Jeopardy! commercials back.

CJ

November 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

If the polls are to be believed, then the GOP will almost definitely take the House while Dems will probably retain control of the Senate. I’m predicting, however, that the GOP’s House majority tomorrow is significantly smaller than the Dems House majority today (255 Dems and 178 Republicans in this Congress).

Nevertheless, the so-called liberal media will treat a one seat Republican majority the same as a 60 seat majority— as if Obama and Dems on the hill should bow to our Tea Party masters (i.e., Glen Beck and Sarah Palin).

Here’s how it works. In the media, when Dems win, then any legislation they pass is crammed down the people’s throats. But when Republicans win, any legislation they pass represents the will of the people, unless of course, the people are against it…then Republicans are courageous for ignoring the polls and doing what they believe is right.

In addition, it’s worth noting that most of the House Dems that don’t make it back next year will be Blue Dogs who ran, to no avail, as Republican-lites (usually a mistake).

Answering Kyle’s second question, I won’t be pleased until today’s GOP/Tea Party/”conservative”/right-wing ideas are finally exposed to all for what they are: ideas crafted specifically to enrich the rich at the expense of freedom, free markets, and everybody else. The end result would that today’s Republican party looks to the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower for thoughtful leadership instead of the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin.

carlosgvv

November 2nd, 2010
12:15 pm

One election result that will surely happen is that the new Republican majority will prove to be even more incompentent and corrupt that the Democrats they are replacing. The “other people”, the sheep voting Republican, certainly aren’t expecting this although anyone with any sense can see it coming. A large number of honest, competent politicans being elected or re-elected would make me happy. Unfortunately, the odds of this happening are about zero.

WARRIOR FOR MY PEOPLE!

November 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

WHEN ALL YOU HATERS GO OUT VOTE TODAY YOU NEED TO AX YOUR SELF IF YOU ARE BETTER OFF TODAY THAN YOU WAS TWO YEAR AGO WHEN BUSH WAS IN CHARGE!

Intown

November 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

Upset: Harry Reid retains his seat.
Keep me from being upset: Roy Barnes at least forces a run-off.

I tried to bring myself to vote for a Republican today. I’ve always liked Gary Black for Ag commissioner. But, I just counldn’t bring myself to do it. I just don’t trust Republicans to run any part of this country and they would just use it to get further entrenched politically with GA’s #1 industry – agriculture. This would make it all the more difficult for a Dem to ever win a statewide office in Georgia again.

Roy-Is-A-Crook

November 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

We will make the city of Atlanta suffer for their crimes, no state bailouts, no federal bailouts. The intown crowd is gonna have to pay their own way for a change.

jt

November 2nd, 2010
1:03 pm

What does it matter?

Rothschild and Rockefeller ALWAYS wins.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

November 2nd, 2010
1:19 pm

Here is my “election upset” prediction:

I predict “election-upset stomachs” for JayBama Bookman, Ms. OB-Cyn Tucker, and the rest of the Almighty AJC editorial board.

I predict “election-upset stomachs” for AJC execs if King Roy does make it into a run-off and the AJC loses another few weeks of advertising revenue.

David

November 2nd, 2010
1:23 pm

I just want my district to elect Elena Parent to the state house so that we are all finally rid of the horrible Jill Chambers.

Peter

November 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

If Republican’s win, will they create JOBS ?

Peter

November 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

If the Republican’s win….. will they Cut the deficit, or continue the PORK ?

joe

November 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

Gotta be Reid and Boxer voted out…I hope.

Matti

November 2nd, 2010
1:36 pm

“If Republican’s win, will they create JOBS?”

Peter,

There will be four million new jobs by this Friday. If not, it’s time to fling ourselves to the ground, kick our feet and scream that it’s time to take our country back. At least, that’s how it went down two years ago when the Republicans were “upset.” More than three days to fix any problem = failure, betrayal, and utter incompetence, right?

barking frog

November 2nd, 2010
1:42 pm

I agree with your choices Kyle, also O’Donnell in
Delaware. 50% of voters voting this election will please
me.

Intown

November 2nd, 2010
1:43 pm

@ Roy-is-a-crook:

The intown crowd not only pays its own way, it subsidizes the suburbs. The intown crowd pays for MARTA alone. the intown crowd subsidizes water supply throughout North Fulton. The intown crowd subsidizes state government by sacrificing tax dollars it could be receiving from state and federal owned land. The intown crowd pays for rural highways to nowhere. Soon we’ll be paying for trauma care to service those highways to nowhere. I could go on and on.

Sick&Tired

November 2nd, 2010
1:44 pm

I PREDICT the people in this country will NOT get what they spent all those months protesting about at those Tea party patriots rallies.

I also PREDICT they will not learn a thing from it in the future.

I also PREDICT Nathan Deal will become a very rich ex-governor of Georgia. I also PREDICT his supporters will support everything he does, because they believe he’s actually hard at working doing everything they voted him into office to do.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

1, an election result that you think will happen even though other people aren’t expecting it — Rossi over Murray, Senate, Washington state.

2. an election result that must happen for you to be pleased with the day’s outcome — Angle over Reid, Senate, Nevada

Rafe Hollister

November 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

CJ: Where is the door to the parallel universe you live in, in Delaware?

Kyle: Upset Fiorina over General, please call me Senator “Pompous”

I also think that Christine O’Donnell will do much better than predicted. I have never been to Delaware, and it may well be made up of citizens who like CJ, live in a parallel universe, but I feel there are more common sense voters there than projected. An avowed Marxist should not be elected anywhere in America.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 2nd, 2010
1:47 pm

Let me change my #2, I really want Rubio to win in Florida.

Jeffrey

November 2nd, 2010
1:50 pm

My upset is either Barnes pulls it out or the house doesn’t go near as far right as predicted. I’m calling it the silent majority of intelligent progressives.

Christine O’Donnell in Del. must lose or I’ll feel worse than I did when W got re-elected.

Matti

November 2nd, 2010
1:50 pm

“I also PREDICT Nathan Deal will become a very rich ex-governor of Georgia.”

NO! That’s not true! Nathan Deal has a budget with which he will pay off $4 mil worth of bad financial decisions on a $135K salary in just eight years. All by working hard for US. No under-handed back scratching will occur, I’m sure. Why… why.. he’s a “husband!” and a “Father!” So there ya go. There is no entitlement mentality that says if you’re politically well-connected you can get loans for which average citizens don’t qualifiy, or that working hard to achieve your dream of owning a business is only for poor working-class saps, not the spawn of our hard-working public servants! Right?

Rafe Hollister

November 2nd, 2010
1:50 pm

Ragnar: I too think that Rossi will win in Washington, but do not think he will be elected. He had the Governors election stolen from him and this one will be as well. This election is too close to be able to overcome the theft. Eastern Washington is Republican and Seattle/Tacoma ultra liberal. The Government in Seattle can easily find a way to lose or find a few mailed in ballots in a close election. Rossi “loses” by less than one thousand votes. (prediction)

I agree an Angle victory over Reid is the thing that will make this a good election as well as seeing Pelosi hand over the gavel.

Cekker

November 2nd, 2010
1:52 pm

Upset — Republicans take the Senate.

To keep me from being upset — at least Reid and Boxer lose.

Gordon Soley

November 2nd, 2010
1:54 pm

yeppers…Reps also take Senate. Its gonna happen!!

Blue

November 2nd, 2010
1:59 pm

Taking the gavel from Pelosi…freaking music to my ears.

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

November 2nd, 2010
2:00 pm

Blue…100% agree. That “thing” needs to be tossed off the Bay bridge.

TruthBe

November 2nd, 2010
2:01 pm

Warrior for my People, you sound like a racist fool. Must be tired of being treated just like another obsolete piece of farm equitment by Obama and the corrupt democrat party. Wake up!

jconservative

November 2nd, 2010
2:05 pm

Well I am back from the polls in this really small county. There are just under 8500 registered voters in the county.

Turn out is pretty heavy for an off year election.

I have a feeling a lot of you will be like kids on christmas morning when the returns start coming over the networks. And a lot of you will be like kids whose house santa skipped.

Either way, chin up! This is the USA and this is the way we elected to do things lo these many decades ago. And today’s “outs” are the “ins” of tomorrow.

If I could just find some way to talk you guys into voting against Incumbents. But I am afraid Incumbency will again the the big winner as it is in all our elections. Incumbents will win the most seats, Republicans the 2nd and Democrats the 3rd. (The Republicans and the Democrats always play for 2nd place.)

williebkind

November 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

My son went to the poll and got turned away. He had not registered early enough. I told him he should have said he was illegal.

hotlanta

November 2nd, 2010
2:20 pm

The Repblicans but Obama will still be President. Let Palin runin 2012 and he will be President again.

songbird

November 2nd, 2010
2:22 pm

Boxer is up by 5 point in polls. Forgot that one. Also, Brown beats Meg Whitman for Gov. O’Donnell loses by at least 10 points. Nevada can have Angle, she’s a nutcase. As bad as Reid may be, he’s still the lesser of two evils there.

I predict:

1. The Repubs take back the House but with a narrower lead than the Dems currently have.
2. The Dems keep the Senate with 52 to 48 seats.
3. We have a runoff in Georgia Gov. race.
4. Alaska elects Murkoski in a squeaker.

williebkind

November 2nd, 2010
2:24 pm

If Pelosi loses the gravel will she lose the plane and the $18000 dollar office makeover?