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Martin Discusses GOP's Election Wins, Edwards' Loss

CNN political analyst Roland Martin joined Brazos Valley This Morning Wednesday to talk about the fallout from last week's big win for Republicans in congressional races, including the District 17 landslide.

Martin also hosts Washington Watch on the TV One network, and runs rolandsmartin.com.

"The broad coalition that you saw President Obama put together to achieve victory in 2008, frankly, they never really activated those people," Martin said. "The win was based on strong turnout of African Americans, Latinos, young voters, female voters, independents. What we saw this year is we saw seniors break towards Republicans by 15-plus percentage margin. It was about 50/50 in 2008. We saw independents move to the Republican side as well."

As usual, the turnout for the non-presidential general election was down compared to the presidential election year. Martin also cited exit polling data that said the number of people who say Republicans can't get the job done and the number who say Democrats can't make things happen are same.

President Obama's approval numbers and unemployment, Martin said, were factors in the big GOP win last week.

Among the casualties for the Democrats was Congressman Chet Edwards, who was defeated by Bill Flores by 25 points. Edwards was a ten-term incumbent.

"This is a perfect example of what I call the delusional voter, and I'm sorry, I'll actually say it," Martin said of the Edwards loss. "Here you have people who said that, 'we like the job that he did, he did a great job, he was responsive, but we don't want him voting for Nancy Pelosi, so we're going to put somebody in a position who never actually has been in office before.' Everybody has a right to vote for who they want to, but what is the whole point of somebody doing a great job, and you don't measure them upon what they do, but based upon something else, as opposed to, 'we don't want Nancy Pelosi'? To me, that makes no sense whatsoever."

In a poll conducted for The Hill newspaper a few weeks prior to the election, 66 percent of District 17 voters disapproved of the job President Obama was doing, and 70 percent of those polled said their opinion of the president was important in their decision on who to vote for in the District 17 race.

The same poll also noted that 69 percent of those surveyed had voted for Edwards in a previous election. His favorability rating at the time of the poll: 45 percent favorable, 49 percent unfavorable.

Flores' favorability rating in The Hill poll was 56 percent favorable, 31 unfavorable. He won 11 of 12 counties in the district

You can watch the complete interview with Martin, a Texas A&M graduate, by clicking on the video with this story.


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