Election night thread

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OH — ISSUE 2 (SB 5) Votes
Yes 37% 945,816
No 62% 1,518,270
69% reporting

Yes 42% 128,681
No 58% 179,914
49% reporting

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  1. DavidThi808 says:

    If it loses this bad in Mississippi, then it’s not going to pass anywhere. And this isn’t even close – 20+ points.

    Makes you start to wonder if an abortion ban would pass there either.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    A non vote means the anti-union bill is defeated. This is a major ass-kicking of the anti-union Koch-funded Republicans. That’s 2/3 of the voters who said no.

  3. SamCat says:

    Here is an update on the personhood thing.

    Initiative – 26 – Definition of Person – Ballot Issue

    November 08, 2011 – 09:58PM ET

    Person at Fertilization

    Mississippi – 586 of 1876 Precincts Reporting – 31%

    Name Votes Vote %

    No 99,264 60%

    Yes 66,878 40%

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    How are you going to spin this ass-kicking?

  5. TheDeminator says:

    Question 1 – Reject Voter Reg Law – Ballot Issue has been called in rejecting the law that removes same day voter reg.

    325 of 600 Precincts Reporting – 54%

    Votes Vote %

    Yes 100,436 59

    No 68,374 41

  6. nancycronk says:

    beat back the union-busting law SB5. Whoooohooooooohoooooh!

  7. My take on this election night…

    Democrats (and the people) won big on the issues votes, but issues voting does not seem to be broadly translating into individual candidate victories.

    On the issues…

    Ohio’s anti-worker SB5 went down to defeat at the hands of the people, big time.

    Maine’s new voting restrictions law (including repeal of same-day voting) also died under a peoples’ veto.

    The Mississippi Eggmendment also died, by about a 20 point spread.  Time to give this idea up as a lost cause – it ain’t working anywhere, folks.

    In Iowa, the governor’s appointment of a swing district State Senate Dem to a commission – where the GOP hoped a victory would lead to a tied Senate – instead replaced a conservative Dem with a progressive Dem, and by a large margin.

    In Arizona, State Senate President Russell Pearce, buddy to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and architect of many of the state’s most onerous new laws (including the immigration law) was recalled and replaced by a theoretically more moderate Republican.

    In Michigan, GOP Rep Paul Scott was recalled because of the key role he played in crafting some education “reforms”, and also possibly as a message about budget decisions in the state.

    On candidates…

    It is reported that Mississippi’s House may flip to the Republicans, even as MS voters reject the Eggmendment.

    Virginia’s Senate is really close to flipping to the GOP, which would give them control of pretty much all of state government.  Dems may hold out by a seat or two here, but it was a rough night.

    It’s reported that a lot of more local races went Republican this year.  Haven’t heard any analysis – and don’t know enough myself – to know if this is a reactionary change, a true swing in preferences, or preparation for the idea of split local/Federal representation…  School Board races seem to be the exception; what I’ve heard from Dems interested in those contests seems to indicate a rejection of right-wing candidates a la the Jeffco Dads.

    Finally, on a more Democratic note, Dems swept Kentucky’s statewide races (with the exception of the Ag Commissioner, where the D candidate was pretty lame).

  8. dwyer says:

    Here is a good analysis of the situation in VA:


    • My analysis above still stands – it looks like where people voted on essentially a single issue (be it initiatives, recalls, or politically motivated special elections), Dems did great.  But when it came to more general elections, for the most part Dems did meh at best.

      • Pita says:

        …it looks like where people voted on essentially a single issue (be it initiatives, recalls, or politically motivated special elections), Dems did great.

        At least, for now, that’s what I’m counting on to get us through 2012.

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