Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole's early defeat in North Carolina Tuesday is a really bad sign for the GOP on a night when Pennsylvania has already been called for Democrat Barack Obama. One Republican strategist tells Campaign Insider that Dole's defeat may mean a big shift in Southern politics.
Strategist John Feehery says the Dole race was perhaps the most important down-ballot marker for Republicans Tuesday night...
As of 9 p.m. Democrats have picked up a total of four U.S. Senate seats, including victories for Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Tom Udall in New Mexico and Mark Warner in Virginia.
"With a victory there would be a sense that there is some residual strength for Republicans in the South. But a loss shows there's a new day dawning in Southern politics."
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