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I was pretty surprised by the amount of split-ticket voting, and by how well the Dems did in Senate races.  Democrats won four seats that I expected them to lose (Wisconsin, Virginia, Montana, North Dakota).   The first two were perhaps examples of coattails voting: the Democrat won by slightly less or more than Obama’s victory margin.  But in Montana and North Dakota, Democrats won in reliably Republican states.

Moreover, some Democrats who I expected to win won by margins that reflected high rates 0f split-ticket voting.  For example, I thought McCaskill would win Missouri by a nose, and instead she clobbered Akin 54-39.


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