What Voters Meant. The Nov. 6 elections revealed discontent heading into 2008

Off-year elections are rarely rousing affairs. But along with mayoral elections in cities like Houston, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, plus statehouse contests galore, the results have offered some clues to the larger national mood. How are voters feeling? Tightfisted, slightly libertarian and, above all, tired of corruption.

A split decision on Southern Governors After a single term marred by hiring scandals, GOP Governor Ernie Fletcher was bounced by Steve Beshear, a Democrat who had been out of politics since 1987. In Mississippi, GOP Governor Haley Barbour was re-elected easily, showing...

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