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Democracy Gets a Stress Test: Three Closers

Jamie Stiehm on

WASHINGTON -- Amazingly, I slept well on Election eve and missed the eerie lunar eclipse. I awoke to the sound of schoolboys playing on a bright beautiful fall day. The capital city was tied in knots over the national divide.

Still, I took the sound night's sleep as a good sign, women's intuition. Perhaps the day would pass in peace with no ex-president inciting mob violence.

Senate races in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Georgia felt too close to call. I put my money down -- a bet for a box of chocolates -- on a few good candidates: Rep. Tim Ryan, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and the sonorous Rev. Senator Raphael Warnock.

Ryan is the quarterback next door, a stand-up guy. Fetterman looks like a giant woodcutter. Warnock is never without a good word, and a snappy dresser.

The tight battle for Senate control would be lost or won in their states: Midwest, Northeast and Deep South. It's a shame the Democratic party helped Ryan's bold campaign so little. Ohio was written off as a red state.

Note: they are all officeholders, unlike their opponents, who seek seats with zero experience. Even with former President Donald Trump's endorsement, that counts heavily against the Republicans.

 

An author, an oily celebrity doctor and a star football player -- yeah, right, J.D. Vance, Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker.

Politics isn't that easy, now is it, fellas? The old expression goes, politics ain't beanbag.

I went to vote at the church around the corner. Early voting is recommended, but I like the buzz and noise of neighbors at the polls.

You know?

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