Notable Statewide Results

10 Nov

There was some exciting news in the various states other than the presidential election, especially for the other 40+ states that were already in the bank for either Romney or Obama.  The top 5 results from this past November 6, 2012, election that I think are significant for the political direction of each of the states.

New Hampshire/US Senate

Isn’t it so cool that women make up the entire congressional, much like when Arizona (when now-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was sworn in as the AZ governor)  had all women statewide officeholders too.  Additionally, the US Senate is now 1/5 female which is a great sequel to the Year of the Woman 20 years ago.  It is definitely something to be proud of that women continue to make strides in positions of authority in both parties.  Although the U.S. is behind some countries in terms of gender parity in legislatures/parliaments, at least the U.S. doesn’t mandate a certain number of women which makes this accomplishment so much more meaningful.  I can’t wait until I can write that they make 1/4…then 1/3, then possibly 1/2 in my lifetime? (Politico | “Women”)

Indiana

Unfortunately, my adopted state of Indiana was one of two states that switched from Obama to Romney; however, it was always deeply red.  Now I understand what Hoosier values means when someone like Donnelly wins the US Senate instead of Mourdock.  Although Donnelly is not exactly who I would consider the best candidate (for me), he was an easy choice for Hoosiers.  His election does not mean that Indiana is moderately red.  Just by looking at the state legislature seats, Indiana has a 2/3 supermajority which means nearly unstoppable power, for better or worse.  Hopefully the conservative direction that voters want will help the state economy while making sure to provide the services that the population wants, i.e. education and healthcare. (IndyStar | “Weakened Democrats”)

The South (TX, AR, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, TN)

What a victory for Republicans!  Although they got trounced in the national election, they must be excited that for the first time since Reconstruction, they control every state chamber and governorship.  Although Democrats were always more conservative than the nation at large, it is indeed a statement (within the state) that nearly all levers at all levels of state government are comfortably red.  Now they need to use the next two years to deliver, or else Democrats will come back at take their seats back. (The Thicket | “State Legislative Elections” & The Thicket | “Decline in Divided Government”)

California

What a victory for Democrats! (I really meant it to be parallel to The South.) Republicans can’t seem to ever win.  Even with the 2010 elections, they didn’t win a single statewide race.  Now in 2012, I wasn’t expecting them to win anything, but the fact that Democrats have gained enough seats to get a supermajority should be a message that they better change along with the demographics or they could be in superminority status for a long time.  The state party has two choices: become party purists signing pledges like that of Grover Norquist and continue to lose seats or adapt with the changing electorate and make some positions that may be in opposition to the national party’s…unless they like where they are right now. (Reuters | “California Democrats”)

Puerto Rico

Okay, it’s not a state, but it might very well be.  Puerto Rico might not be accepted by Republicans because they’re not white, let’s be real, but they should because they’re more conservative than the typical Hispanic/Latino.  Additionally, I never liked their status and felt they should either be a state or independent.  I think, I mean, I want to see the addition of a state.  It would be so amazing, and so many changes from where the star would be put onto the flag to the ramifications of a state that speaks majority Spanish and how that would fit in the national narrative of immigration.  Basically, it would be so incredibly exciting and keep with the tradition that indeed other lands would want to be part of the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Yea yea! (CNN | “Puerto Ricans Favor Statehood”)

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