Let's explode the myth that Democrats have moved too far left and somehow lost the moderate vote. House Democrats won moderates (39% of the electorate) by a 55% to 42% margin. Republicans just have a double strength, triple cylinder, titanium clad lock on conservative voters who were extremely fired up for the midterm. These graphics, courtesy of Jed Lewison at DKos, are based on CNN national exit polls of House races.
Other interesting items from the exit polling, Dems have a problem with white voters of both genders (losing them 37% to 60%), do well with young voters (winning 18 to 29 year olds 57% to 40%) and the working class (we're 53% to 44% in the under $50K income range) but lose $100K and over earners by 40% to 58%.
Know who the heck your base is and know what they need — something otherwise known as representation. Right now, they need jobs, housing and an improving economy. As Matt Stoller tweeted yesterday:
Don't foreclose on your voters. #2010lessons