Tonight's three nationally-observed elections can be summed up simply as the status quo.
New Jersey: A Democrat replaces a Democrat as Governor.
Virginia: A Democrat replaces a Democrat as Governor. (Republicans may win the other two statewide races, a wash or a pickup of one.)
New York: Republican Michael Bloomberg re-elected Mayor.
Texas: Following the lead of 11 states in 2004, voters overwhelmingly approve Constitutional amendment defining marriage.
Local Coverage: Beltway news jumped constantly between Virginia House of Delegates races, often leaving out party affiliation, and without any big picture analysis. (It will remain Republican.)
National Coverage: The gubernatorial races will be reported as Democrat victories when they are in reality merely not GOP takeovers. New York City, with a population greater than the Commonwealth of Virginia, will not be comparably reported as a Republican victory.
So what does all this mean for 2006?
If nothing changes, nothing changes.