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This was an incredible election night, and many of the results made me very happy.  I’m extremely glad Obama won, and I’m pleased with the results of the many House and Senate races I was following.  I think the biggest takeaway from last night is that special interest spending can’t control elections.  Even though people like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers spent millions of dollars on attack ads, they lost most of the close races. For instance, Sherrod Brown won his Senate seat even though over $40 million was spent against him, and Bachmann’s race was really close.  Even after spending millions more than her opponent, her race only came down to a few hundred votes.  So I think the lesson here is that when it comes to elections, people matter more than money.  People making phone calls, knocking on doors, and simply voting decide elections far more effectively than $10 million in attack ads.

The other lesson here is that messing with women voters is a sure way to lose the race.  Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Joe Walsh were all doing well in their states until they started telling people what they really believed about rape and abortion.  You can see how that turned out for them.  Women were the majority of the voters in this election, and they stood up for their rights last night.  Time will tell if Republicans get the message.

With that said, here are the results from races I was following:

Senate:

Connecticut

Chris Murphy(D) beat Linda McMahon(R) in a landslide.

Indiana

Joe Donnelly(D) beat Richard Mourdock(R).

Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren(D) beat Scott Brown(R).  Squee!

Minnesota

Amy Klobuchar(D) absolutely crushed Kurt Bills(R).

Missouri

Claire McCaskill(D) wiped the floor with Todd Akin(R).

New York

Kirsten Gillibrand(D) beat Wendy Long(R) in what was barely a contest.

Ohio

Sherrod Brown(D) beat Josh Mandel(R).

Wisconsin

Tammy Baldwin(D) beat Tommy Thompson(R), to become the first openly gay Senator.

House

Arizona

Kyrsten Sinema(D), an open atheist, beat Vernon Parker(R).

California

Pete Stark(D), one of the few openly non-theistic members of Congress, lost to Eric Swalwell(D).

Florida

Alan Greyson(D) beat Todd Long(R).

Illinois

Tammy Duckworth(D), a double amputee and Iraq vet, beat Joe Walsh(R).

Minnesota

Jim Graves(D) lost to Michele Bachmann(R).

New York

Louise Slaughter(D) beat Maggie Brooks(R).

Kathy Hochul(D) lost to Chris Collins(R).

Wisconsin

Rob Zerban(D) lost to Paul Ryan(R).

Referendums

Alabama

Voted to limit the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in the state.

Arkansas

Voted not to legalize medical marijuana.

California

Voted not to ban the death penalty.

Colorado

Voted to legalize marijuana for all use.

Florida

Voted to allow public funds for abortion.  (Technically they voted not to not allow public funds for abortion, but that’s a little wordy.)

Voted not to allow religious organizations to use public funds.

Voted not to limit the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in the state.

Maine

Voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

Maryland

Voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts

Voted to legalize medical marijuana.

Minnesota

Voted not to ban same-sex marriage.

Montana

Voted to ban medical marijuana.

Voted to limit the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in the state.

Oregon

Voted not to legalize marijuana for all use.

Washington (not all results are in yet)

Leaning toward legalizing same-sex marriage.

Leaning toward legalizing marijuana for all use.

Wyoming

Voted to limit the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in the state.

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