The Election Results: Good or Bad?

Tell us why you voted in the 2010 midterm elections-and whether you got what you wanted!

The Election Results: Good or Bad?

Tell us why you voted—and whether you got what you wanted!

-The Betty Editors


The midterm elections we all voted in yesterday were pretty amazing in a lot of ways:
* Not since 1948 have this many legislative seats changed between parties. The Democrats lost 60 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate.
* Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives, but managed to hang onto a majority in the Senate.
* Two highly publicized conservative Republican candidates (Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada) were defeated.
* A governor (Democrat Jerry Brown in California) was re-elected to the office he left thirty-five years ago, beating Republican Meg Whitman, who spent $142 million of her own money campaigning.
* Three states (New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina) now have their first female governors; all are Republicans.
* In Alaska, the results of a senatorial race are still undetermined because of a defiant write-in campaign conducted by the incumbent Republican, Lisa Murkowski, who’s tangled with Sarah Palin.
* Voters in Lexington, Kentucky, elected the city’s first openly gay mayor, businessman Jim Gray, in a nonpartisan election (i.e. no candidate ran on a party ticket).
* California said no to recreational marijuana.
* At this time, Arizona is still undecided about medical marijuana.
* As for our old pal Sarah Palin, many of her gubernatorial and house endorsees were successful, though her Tea Party Senate faves Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, Sharron Angle of Nevada, Tom Tancredo of Colorado and John Raese of West Virginia just couldn’t make it to the top.
* Fun fact: San Francisco voted to ban McDonald’s Happy Meals and will require meals served with toys to comply with nutritional guidelines.

So what do you think, guys? Are you happy with some of the results? Furious with others? We’d love to know!

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  1. Drives me crazy that people went to the polls to “vote against Obama”… wake up!! He’s done a LOT in two years, after inheriting a MESS left by Bush and the Republicans! Augh.

  2. I took my little girl to vote with me — and told her that her great-great-grandmother wouldn’t have been allowed to vote! Only 90 years ago! So however I feel about the results, I’m glad to live in a country where I can take part in the political process, and where I feel certain that my daughter will be able to do anything she wants in life. We’ve come a long way baby!

  3. While I am thrilled that neither O’Donnell nor Palladino got into office, I am disturbed that voters were swayed more by personalities and negative ads than the facts.

  4. Although I’m not happy Dems lost their majority in the House, I am glad about a couple of things.

    Voters in AZ voted AGAINST making hunting a “constitutional right” and they voted IN FAVOR OF keeping money set aside for land conservation and early childhood education rather than taking the money away and using it to pay down the state’s debt.

    Thanks, people!

  5. I am this morning ashamed of the people of Maine who, with 96% of the vote counted, have apparently elected an anti-choice, anti-gay right wing conservative bigot to lead our state. Shame on all of you who voted for Paul LePage.

  6. “* Fun fact: San Francisco voted to ban McDonald’s Happy Meals and will require meals served with toys to comply with nutritional guidelines.”

    The SF board of supervisors passed this ban, not the voters; it had nothing to do with the midterm elections. McDonald’s already allows customers to substitute apple slices for french fries, milk for soft drinks, and so forth, and the ban doesn’t go into effect until December 2011. Parents will have to be responsible consumers until then, if they can handle it.

    I’m happy that we have America’s first female Hispanic governor and the first female governor of Sikh heritage.

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