Note from Dan: Republicans scored some victories in Tuesday’s election. They managed to hang onto the House of Representatives, they picked up some governor’s seats, and they flipped two states (North Carolina and Indiana) from Obama’s 2008 win column. Also, Tea Party-favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, eked out a win to save her House seat from a strong challenger. But for the most part, it was a big, big night for Democrats and progressives. Our own regular Shrillary recounts the ways.
Great news for Democrats – and democracy – the short list [long post] of races you might not have followed:
☻Every top elected seat in New Hampshire – the Governorship, two House seats, two Senate seats are now held by women.
☻Minnesotans booted many of the 2010′s teabagger contingents out of office, and the MN Senate and House are now both back in Democratic hands;
☻Colorado Democrats have retaken control of the Colorado House of Representatives and Democrats control the Colorado state Senate and the governor’s office;
☻In PA Democrats won three of the five state senate seats;
☻In VA Democrats won the two US Senate seats;
☻In MA Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defeated Scott Brown (R);
☻In Missouri, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill defeated the challenge by Representative Todd Akin, a tea party candidate;
☻In Florida, Allen West, Republican and tea party candidate, lost his reelection bid to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy;
☻Former Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson took back his House seat winning over his Republican challenger Todd Long;
☻Incumbent Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, a tea party Republican was defeated by his Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth the former Veterans Affairs Administration official and U.S. Army National Guard Reserve veteran;
☻Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s won in a landslide victory over Republican Wendy Long winning by receiving 72% of the vote, the largest percentage of the vote in New York state history;
☻Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, representing Utah’s 2nd congressional district defeated Republican Mia Love;
☻ Voters in Colorado and Washington made their states the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use;
☻Maryland voters endorsed a ballot measure allowing in-state tuition at public colleges for illegal immigrants;
☻California voters decisively approved a ballot measure on Tuesday that will raise taxes by $6 billion annually over seven years;
☻Minnesota residents defeated an amendment that would have defined marriage as being between a man and woman in the state’s constitution;
☻Same-sex marriage laws were upheld by voters in Maryland and Maine.
☻Democrats made gains to their majority in the US Senate, although the House continues to be divided – teabaggery is steadily being diluted with the losses of Akin, Walsh, Mourdock, and West.
Wonderful day to be a proud American and Democrat.