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November 7, 2012

Our Post Election Results Recap

Four More Years!

We're very happy that President Obama was reelected! We admit that we do have a few criticisms for Obama (we have some issues with everyone don't we?) but we couldn't be happier that Mitt Romney lost. We are really really really happy.

But this wasn't just a big night for the presidency... there are a lot of other important milestones that came out of this election. For instance, there were 10 female senators elected (or re-elected) into office, bringing the U.S. Senate to a record high of 20 women. And fifteen of the Republicans we quoted in our The Republican Party Hates Women post the other day were defeated!

Some important milestones and/or accomplishments:
  • Arizona - Kyrsten Sinema (D) may be the winner of Congressional District 9 (technically the provisional ballots haven't been counted yet, but as of today she has the lead). Sinema would be the first openly bisexual member of Congress. 
  • Florida - Florida voted against the anti-choice Amendment 6, which would have limited abortion funding and access.
  • Hawaii - This year Hawaii sees its first female Senator, Mazie Hirono (D), who is also the first Asian-born immigrant to be elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Buddhist Senator.  Hirono's House seat was won by Tulsi Gabbard (D), who will become the first Hindu-American in the House of Representatives. Gabbard is also one of the first female combat vets to serve in Congress, along with Tammy Duckworth (D) of Illinois. 
  • Illinois - In addition to being one of the two of the first female combat vets to serve in Congress (along with Gabbard above), Tammy Duckworth (D) is also the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois. 
  • Indiana - Richard Mourdock (R), the Senate candidate who suggested that pregnancies from rape were "something that God intended to happen", lost big time to Joe Donnelly (D) in the race for the Senate. Although Donnelly isn't exactly the best when it comes to reproductive rights (he only supports abortion in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk), he's still a step up from Mourdock any day.
  • Maine - Maine voted to legalize same-sex marriage! Maine's "Question 1" repealed a 2009 referendum that struck down a law to legalize gay marriage.
  • Maryland - Maryland also voted to legalize same-sex marriage, by passing "Question 6".
  • Massachusetts - Elizabeth Warren (D) is the first woman to ever represent Massachusetts in the Senate, beating out Cosmo centerfold incumbent Scott Brown (R). 
  • Minnesota - A measure to ban same-sex marriage ("Amendment 1") in the state's constitution was voted down. That doesn't mean that gay marriage was legalized, but it's still hopeful because it hasn't been officially made illegal. Minnesota also defeated an amendment ("Amendment 2") that would require all voters in the state to show photo ID before voting.

  • Missouri - Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) beat Todd Akin (R) with 54.7% of the vote.  Yes, that's Todd Akin who thinks that pregnancy resulting from rape is "really rare" because women's bodies can magically "shut that whole thing down" if the rape is "legitimate". His chances at becoming Senator of Missouri sure got shut down by women voters.
  • New Hampshire - For the first time in history, New Hampshire is being totally run by women at the federal level. In addition to its second female Governor, Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire elected Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Ann Kuster (D) to the House of Representatives. They join Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R) in an all-female Congressional delegation.
  • North Dakota - Heidi Heitkamp (D) won the race for North Dakota Senate, making her the first woman to serve in Congress from North Dakota, in either the Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Washington - Washington's "Referendum 74" to legalize same-sex marriage is expected to pass. Washington is a vote-by-mail state so official results may take up to a week to tabulate, but so far it looks good. Support appears to be leading 51.8 percent to 48.2 percent.
  • Wisconsin - Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) is the first openly gay candidate elected to the U.S. Senate.

A lot of great stuff, right? Of course, it's not all wins...

  • Alabama - Alabama proved to still have some leftover racism when voters shot down a measure ("Amendment 4") that would remove language from their constitute that references segregation by race in schools. Yes, that's right. Although the Supreme Court decision on segregation was made in 1954, the people of Alabama still won't officially remove it from their constitution.
  • California - California passed two propositions that we're not psyched about. Proposition 35 to ban human trafficking and sex slavery and Measure B (Los Angeles County) requiring condom use in adult films. We totally understand why the average voter would think that both of these measures were a great idea, but the language used is problematic, there are a lot of negative implications and overall it's just unrealistic and not helpful. California also failed to pass a proposition requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food.
  • Minnesota - Michele Bachmann (R) actually got reelected! How!?
  • Montana - Montana passed a measure "LR-120" that will require parental notification before a minor can get an abortion. It passed with more than 70% of the vote. Sigh.
  • Oklahoma -A majority of voters chose to pass the Oklahoma Affirmative Action Ban Amendment ("State Question 759") which will ban affirmative action programs in the state and prohibit "special treatment" based on race or sex.  
So clearly, it's not a perfect world yet... but overall, we're optimistic about the next four years with Obama and Biden.

And it's clear that someone out there has a sense of humor: President Obama won in every state that Romney could consider "home" - Massachusetts, Michigan, California, and New Hampshire. Ouch! He also won Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin as well as District 1 (Rock County, Ryan's district) where surprisingly Ryan won reelection... with the lowest margin of his career (just under 55% of the vote). Guess they thought he'd need that job after all.

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