Brit Hume, senior political analyst for Fox News, says Republican Chris Christie’s victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial race shows a shift in momentum toward Republicans.
Christie defeated incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
“Democrats had the intensity a year ago,” Hume said Tuesday night. “They turned out record numbers. Now the intensity is all on the other side.” He cited the tea party movement and other protests as proof.
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“We have a different atmosphere in this country than one year ago.”
Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, noted that independents shifted from supporting Corzine four years ago to Christie this time around. “This state is bad news for Democrats. Republicans were outspent 3 to 1.”
Fox News political contributor Juan Williams agreed. “This was a loss for the Democrats. The Democrats control the state.”
The problem for Democrats: “The people who voted today are not the same as 2008,” Williams said. “Fewer young people, blacks and Hispanics voted this time. People who did turn out sent a clear message of discontent.”
Joe Trippi, who ran former Gov. Howard Dean’s failed 2004 presidential campaign, said that while Corzine’s defeat was bad news for Democrats, “This is really about throwing out the ‘ins.’ . . . Incumbents from both parties are in trouble.”
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