Commentary

How strongly did the voters speak?

Loudly, according to the Senate races. Republicans won just one Senate race, the open race in Tennessee, and it was close. Democrat incumbents won eveyr race. No Republican incumbents won their races. Voters, in essence, “threw the bums out”. The Senate winners In races where: the incumbent won: Liebermann (D) Menendez (D) Clinton (D) Cantwell (D) the incumbent lost: Stabenow (D) McCaskill (D) Tester (D) Brown (D) Casey (D) Whitehouse (D) Webb (D) Open races: Cardin (D) Klobucher (D) Corker (R)

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.