The Midterm Obama Repudiation Referendum

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As the New York Times put it, Riding a wave of discontent, “Republicans took control of the Senate on Tuesday night, expanded their hold on the House, and defended some of the most closely contested governors’ races, in a repudiation of President Obama.”

In another Times article it was reported that Obama complained that the Republican victory should not be blamed on him:

“He doesn’t feel repudiated.”

Obama should feel repudiated. As summarized below, the Republican wave was big and Obama made a monster mistake when he nationalized the midterm election telling his audience at Northwestern University his policies were on the ballot:

Now, I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle is pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.

You can watch a video clip of Obama’s mistake here.

Here’s a summary of the midterm Obama repudiation referendum.


The Republicans regained control of the U.S. Senate by picking up eight seats, so far.

  • Alaska: Republican Dan Sullivan defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Begich10%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard10% 49%-45.
  • Arkansas: Republican Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom Cotton82%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard82% defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Pryor9%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% 57%-39%.
  • Colorado: Republican Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Cory Gardner57%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard57% defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Udall0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% 49%-45% (94.64% reporting).
  • Georgia: Republican David Perdue defeated Democrat Michelle Nunn 53%-45% to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Saxby Chambliss50%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard50%.
  • Iowa: Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst defeated Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Bruce Braley4%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard4% <a class="colorbox" …read more    

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