First, the good news for the party of the center-right.
- If the results hold up, the party will have won control of the Virginia Senate by less than 100 votes in one crucial district.
- Mississippi Republicans got voters to approve a strict law demanding ID proof from voters.
That’s the good news. The bad news:
- In Ohio, the anti-collective bargaining bill SB5 was repealed by a roughly 3-2 vote.
- In Iowa, Democrats won a special election for an open state Senate seat, letting them keep control of that body.
- In Kentucky, Democrays managed to win all but one statewide office. Jack Conway, the attorney general felled by Rand Paul in 2010, has returned with a victory over Sarah Palin-backed Todd P’Pool. That all complicates the storyline.
- In Arizona, Sen. Russell Pearce lost a recall election, robbing him of his role leading the majority GOP in the upper house, and robbing the immigration restriction movement of a champion.
Shove it all together, and you’ve got the weakest off-year election for Republicans since 2007.