Shocking results of 2010 

IL-GOV: They’re still counting, but it looks like this one is over with. Who would have thought that Rod Blagojevich’s running mate, Gov. Pat Quinn, D, would win a full term, even as Republicans seized Barack Obama’s Senate seat?

IL-08: Rep. Melissa Bean, D, appears to have lost, something no one expected.

IL-10: Republicans were supposed to lose Republican Rep. Mark Kirk’s seat when he ran for Senate. They didn’t.

MN-08: Okay, yes, in your dreams you might have thought so, if you’re enough of a political nerd. But House Transportation Chairman James Oberstar, D, appears to have lost despite all those orange stimulus signs.

NC-02: Who would have thought that Reps. Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell would hang on, but Rep. Bob Etheridge would lose this one?

TX-27: Rep. Solomon Ortiz appears to have lost.

ID-01: Maybe the real shock is that this one is a shock. We weren’t surprised — we said this one would flip — but no one else did. All the NRCC would say about Raul Labrador is that he was a Republican candidate for the House. He won anyway.

NY-13: Rep. Mike McMahon, who held the Democratic and conservative lines, lost his race. Unexpected.

MI-7: There’s only one way to explain Republican Tim Walberg’s victory: All of the polls were wrong. And all of the union money spent against Walberg in what became the most expensive House race in America was wasted.

VA-09: Ouch. Rep. Rick Boucher, D, finally lost, and it wasn’t even close.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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