Republicans, who already control the governorship and the House of Delegates, appear to have fought their way to at least a tie in the State Senate (where tie votes would be broken by the Republican Lieutenant Governor).
I regret that the Republican candidate for State Senate in my district, Gerarda Culipher, lost to incumbent Democrat John Chapman “Chap” Petersen. I cannot abide Petersen, for the following unassailable reasons:
1) He’s a Democrat.
2) His political posters featured nothing but his nickname, “Chap!”, as if he were Elvis or some other notable whose fame had earned him the rare distinction of instant, single-name recognition. The exclamation point I found particularly galling, and interpreted it according to my own lights in the manner and tone of one who has just stepped in something unpleasant.
3) He wears bow-ties.
[Author’s note: I know, I know, there are plenty of partisans for the bow tie out there. De gustibus non est disputandam. Who knows what combination of experiences, sensations, genetic influences and unconscious, Freudian associations go into the make-up of one’s aesthetic dislikes? Some people hate light opera; others cringe at the sound of rap music; still others quail before the color pink, or develop a twitch when they smell the aroma of tuna fish. And I won’t dispute the fact that a very few men manage to bring the bow tie off tolerably well. One of my colleagues has so much inherent, regal dignity that he could probably walk into the office wearing a leopard skin, plus-fours, white ankle socks, a straw boater - and a bow tie – with no questions asked. But he is the exception. As a rule, I simply bar the thing.
I pray that you bow tie fans will not be offended. The fact – and I mean this in the kindliest possible sense - that you enjoy wearing something resembling the dessicated corpse of a bat on your throat is no reflection on your character, education or upbringing, and it is certainly no obstacle to reaching a high place in the respect and affection of yours truly. Live and let live, says I.]