Being Election Day, some odds-making is in order.
New Jersey Governor:
Chris Christie (R)
His Sgt. Schultz campaign ("I know nothing!") was the perfect challenger campaign marred only by his driving record. Having said nothing, Christie will have no mandate in Trenton.
Gov. Jon Corzine (D)
With disapproval numbers over 50 since the start he's as popular as Swine Flu. A heavy reliance on Obama magic likely doesn't get him into the winner's circle.
Chris Daggett (I)
A newly arrived outsider runs a brilliant campaign. Despite the Democratic Party making phone calls on his behalf he has zero chance of winning but made a huge impact on the contest's competitiveness.
Bob McDonnell (R)
A Birch Society-like conservative will win wearing moderate GOP clothing.
Creigh Deeds (D)
Deeds starts with D, as does dull. He never figured out a message to excite 1of 4's and 2 of 4's (those who usually only vote in presidential and maybe mid-term elections).
Doug Hoffman (C)
Hoffman caught a wave and is riding the barrel to shore as a protest against everything and no opinion about anything important to district residents. His win invigorates the extreme-right into remaking the GOP in its image.
Bill Owens (D)
His best hope was a three-way contest that disintegrated over the last week, dimming his chances of an upset in this traditional GOP district.
Dede Scozzafava (R)
A terrible candidate who should have locked this contest up early showed poor form by endorsing the Democratic Party nominee - most likely done out of anger and disappointment. Her whine has a Mad Dog flavor.
John Garamendi (D)
CA's Lt. Governor and former Insurance Commissioner wins this traditionally Democratic seat without much opposition.
David Harmer (R)
Generous odds for a zero impact candidate who got no assistance from Washington, DC Republicans who saw him as DOA.
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