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State and Local Election 2013 results prove October's Shutdown Madness cost Tea-Party Republicans political capital across nationwide.
A band of States from Iowa, New Jersey, Michigan, Alabama and counties in Colorado rejected the Tea-Party divisive stances on the heels of last month government shutdown leaving thousands of federal workers furloughed and threaten to drive America off a financial fiscal cliff.
In tiny Coralville, Iowa, Koch-Brothers funded Americans for Prosperity group stepped into what normally would be a small local election to elect incumbents in a Midwestern town and lost miserably. Wonder has the Tea-Party supported right-wing organization ever heard the phase "Politics is Local".
"Despite efforts by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity to influence the outcome of Tuesday’s election in Coralville, three incumbe.nt candidates were elected to another term," cited Press-Citizen.com.
John Lundell was elected mayor while incumbents Tom Gill and Bill Hoeft along with newcomer Laurie Goodrich won seats on the City Council in what was a record-breaking election for Coralville, according to unofficial results from the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Shortly after ballots were counted Tuesday, Lundell said he received a surprise phone call from Vice President Joe Biden.
“He indicated that he was very proud of our city, that we took on the Koch brothers and successfully beat them buy such a huge margin,” Lundell said. “That was another aspect of this election that was unanticipated, that after the polls closed that I’d be speaking to the vice president of the United States.”
"Byrne, a Democrat until 1997 and a onetime chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, defeated fellow Republican Dean Young, a tea party favorite," the Huffington Post stated.
Young, a real estate investor, made headlines this week when Mother Jones surfaced a 2002 quote from the tea partier saying gay rights activists should "go back to California." He's made other controversial statements about immgration, religion and President Barack Obama's birthplace.Tea-Party supported candidates lost twice over in Virginia as the state's Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II lost against former National Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe in the Governor's race. Virginia's northern counties heavily impacted by workers furloughed during October's government shutdown, broke 4 to 1 for McAuliffe's to squeeze out a 3 percentage point win.
“The truth is, this election was never a choice between Democrats and Republicans,” Virginia Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe said on November 5 in a victory speech. “It was a choice about whether Virginia would continue the mainstream, bipartisan tradition that has served us so well over the last decade.”Tea-Party backed Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli tried to spin blame the ultra-conservative politics wing bitter lost in the states' Governor's race, on President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act.
"Cuccinelli himself conceded defeat before 11 p.m. and gave no quarter to his partisan and ideological foes in acknowledging his campaign came up short. He called the closeness of the race a testament to Virginians’ visceral opposition to the Affordable Care Act – a law he hammered regularly in his final days on the trail.
“Despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million, this race came down to the wire because of Obamacare,” Cuccinelli said.
Christie's political affiliated with the Republican party yet the blue state Northeastern Governor has rejected close association with ultra-right wing policies Tea-Party aligned Senator Ted Cruz (R-FL) prefers.
The Tea-Party manta of "Don't Thread on Me" led eleven Northern Colorado's counties to launch a bid to secede from the union. Final results were mixed as a majority of N. Colorado counties, 6 of 11, voted to stay aligned with the Western State.
Michigan capital seed of Lansing voted to legalize by a 2 to 1 margin the recreational use of marijuana in small amounts, setting a launch point for an Citizens Constitutional Referendum against Tea-Party supported Governor Rick Snyder (R) and Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) vehement opposition of a future statewide measure.