Below are the results on the Virginia State site with 100 percent reporting.
There are lessons to be learned from this loss. I will cover a few. Please chime in with others.
Lessons for Democrats
- Don’t get cocky. This does not represent some massive shift in the electorate.
- Don’t forget you have zero seats on the BOS in Loudoun County. Until you start winning those back, it is no time to celebrate.
- Your stupid and false negative campaigning works. Everyone hates it. You lie. But it works. Sadly. If Wexton comes to my door (as Herring once did), I will tell her off for the things she did in this campaign. She is divisive. She get’s none of my support in what she says she wants to do in her job.
- Your get out the vote machine is working well. Nice turnout.
- You didn’t defeat the TEA party. Whitbeck was not a TEA party member nor a TEA party candidate. He was a (bad) Republican candidate.
- You can lose this seat next time it is up if Wexton supports McCauliffe’s agenda and the Republicans play it smart.
Lessons for Republicans
- STOP with this convention/single meeting nonsense. It was that decision (whoever made it) that handed the election to the Democrats. The people involved should step down this week. They have lost the right to lead the party.
- Hold Primaries and force the candidates to be properly vetted.
- Do not support controversial candidates who are so divisive. Whitbeck was so controversial and disliked in his home precincts around Lansdowne that he even lost all of them. That’s pretty bad.
- May did NOT spoil the election. His votes plus Whitbeck’s would not have beat Wexton.
- Listen to the parts of your party that are NOT divisive. May was well liked and would have defeated Wexton as a Republican. Guys like Minchew are well liked. There are others that are widely liked in the community. Stay away from guys like Whitbeck who court controversy.
- I would say improve your GOTV but my guess is that Whitbeck was the issue there. Too many people disliked him or were not excited by him.
Lessons for John Whitbeck
- Your political career should be over.
- You do not have the temperament or talent for politics.
- You do not have a strong grasp of the issues and it shows in speeches and interviews.
- You have been so divisive that you couldn’t even win the votes of your immediate friends and neighbors.
- You should step down from any remaining leadership positions you have in the Republican party so we can get back to winning.
- You should return to being a divorce attorney. Perhaps you are good at that.
- You once said – In 2008 or 2009 in the midst of an HOA election that you were not a politician. I doubted it then. It is clear now that you were right.
I know that in this election – like so many – that these lessons should be learned. But I doubt they will be. The leadership of the Republican party needs to take responsibility for this loss and give us new leadership we can all get behind. Or we will lose Wolf’s seat.