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!