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The results of the 2006 midterm election will affect roofing industry issues

by Craig S. Brightup
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The 2006 election results confirmed pre-election speculation that a national sense of disappointment with Republicans, referred to as a political "wave," would remove GOP office­holders on Capitol Hill in competitive "swing" districts. Compounding this were races in districts that normally vote heavily Republican but where GOP incumbents were so flawed ethically that neither they nor replacements on the ballot could hold the seats.

Other Republicans who lost were public servants with high ethical standards who simply were dragged down by the political undertow. For example, former Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine (R) had the misfortune of running in a state where the GOP governor had been convicted of wrongdoing. And in Missouri, former Sen. James Talent (R) ran a good campaign that was affected by controversial state ballot initiatives. NRCA's political action committee, ROOFPAC, supported DeWine and Talent, as well as former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) who had an error-plagued campaign that led to his defeat.

Overall, Republicans lost 29 House seats and six Senate seats. This is in line with the post-World War II precedent where the average loss for members of the president's party in the sixth year of his term was 32 House seats and six Senate seats. The net result is that for the first time since 1994, Democrats control the legislative branch, and NRCA must consider the new political paradigm and its effect on roofing issues.



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