WBEZ | State races http://www.wbez.org/tags/state-races Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, Won't Seek Re-election http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-02-09/sen-jim-webb-virginia-democrat-wont-seek-re-election-82039 <p><p>For those who hoped to see a rematch in Virginia of the 2006 Senate race that pitted Democrat Sen. Jim Webb against former Gov. George Allen, disappointment abouts Wednesday with Webb's announcement that he won't run again.</p><p>Some observers had guessed that the feisty Webb might run, seeing re-election as a personal challenge after Allen's recent announcement that he was seeking re-election.</p><p>But Webb, a former Reagan Administration Navy Secretary had raised very little money for a 2012 re-election bid which suggested to some that he was leaning against a run.</p><p></p><p>Webb's decision to be a one-and-done senator leaves raises the likelihood of a clash of Virginia titans between Allen and another former popular governor, Tim Kaine.</p><p>Kaine, who heads the Democratic National Committee, hasn't said publicly that he's in. But it means he will have a lot more pressure placed on him to enter the race in order to give Democrats a better chance of holding onto the seat and maintaining their slim hold on the Senate.</p><p>In a statement. Webb said:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Five years ago this week, on February 8, 2006, I announced my intention to run for the United States Senate. We had neither campaign funds nor a staff. We were challenged in a primary, and trailed the incumbent in the general election by more than 30 points in the polls.</p><p>Over the next nine months we focused relentlessly on the need to reorient our national security policy, to restore economic fairness and social justice, and to bring greater accountability in our government. I will always be grateful for the spirit and energy that was brought into this campaign by thousands of loyal and committed volunteers. Their enthusiasm and sheer numbers were truly the difference in that election.</p><p>It has been a great and continuing privilege to serve in the United States Senate. I am very proud of my talented and dedicated staff, which has worked tirelessly to resolve the issues on which I based my candidacy, and to protect the interests of all Virginians in this national forum. Among other contributions we have given our Post- 9/11 veterans the best GI Bill since World War Two; we have taken the lead in reforming our criminal justice system; we have led the way toward stronger relations in East and Southeast Asia; and we have been a strong voice in calling on China to act more responsibly in the world community. We will continue to work on these and other issues throughout the rest of my term.</p><p>However, after much thought and consideration I have decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life, and will not seek re-election in 2012.</p><p>Notwithstanding this decision, I have every intention of remaining involved in the issues that affect the well-being and the future of our country.</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1297270363?&gn=Sen.+Jim+Webb%2C+Virginia+Democrat%2C+Won%27t+Seek+Re-election&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=Tim+Kaine,2012,State+races,Congress,Democrats,Republicans,It%27s+All+Politics,Virginia,Sen.+Jim+Webb,George+Allen,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133622560&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110209&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133623108,131551086,130218547,130215202,129919600,129865776,129828651,128728491,128728483,126393372,127088640,127088640,133370727,131960177,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-02-09/sen-jim-webb-virginia-democrat-wont-seek-re-election-82039 Pew exit poll: voters more conservative, white, angry http://www.wbez.org/story/conservative/pew-exit-poll-voters-more-conservative-white-angry <p><p>Got much delayed by some self-inflicted computer problems but here's hoping that's solved now.</p><p>So far, no surprises. All the elections that have been called have gone the way they were supposed to. For instance, the South Carolina race for U.S. Senate was called for Jim DeMint, the Republican and Tea Party point man in the Senate. We won't have Democrat Alvin Greene to kick around anymore.</p><p>Anyway, the Pew Research Center is making available some exit polling which confirms pretty much what analysts of the electorate have been saying for months, that voter enthusiasm for this year's midterms tilted mostly to the Republicans.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>According to the Pew, 41 percent of the voters called themselves conservatives which was higher than the percentage in the last two national elections. It was 32 percent in 2006, 34 percent in 2008.</p><p>Most voters said the government was doing too much, usurping what individuals and businesses should be doing. In 2008, most didn't think the government was doing enough.</p><p>A higher percentage of voters were white, older and more educated, which goes with the more conservative bent. Again, all the indicators from pre-election polling suggested this would be the case.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img alt="" src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1288743570?&amp;gn=Pew+Exit+Poll%3A+Voters+More+Conservative%2C+White%2C+Angry&amp;ev=event2&amp;ch=129828651&amp;h1=Midterm+elections,Exit+polls,Mid-term+election,State+races,Congress,It%27s+All+Politics,Conservative,Election+2010,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&amp;c3=D%3Dgn&amp;v3=D%3Dgn&amp;c4=131021153&amp;c7=1014&amp;v7=D%3Dc7&amp;c18=1014&amp;v18=D%3Dc18&amp;c19=20101102&amp;v19=D%3Dc19&amp;c20=1&amp;v20=D%3Dc20&amp;c31=131007872,130996845,130224844,130218547,130215202,129828651,127313033,125693903&amp;v31=D%3Dc31&amp;c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 18:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/conservative/pew-exit-poll-voters-more-conservative-white-angry