Developing Story – As predicted, the American people gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years throwing out several Republican incumbents and candidates. The reason? According to most exit polls, American’s voted against the war in Iraq and the scandals that plagued Republicans in the months leading up to the election.
The Democrats picked up at least 4 seats in the Senate including in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Rhode Island.
In Tennessee, Republican Bob Corker beat Democrat Harold Ford Jr. in a closely watched race for the U.S. Senate.
In Maryland’s high-profile U.S. Senate race, Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin held off a late surge by black Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele to succeed retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes, winning with 54 percent versus Steele’s 44 percent.
Victories for African American’s include the big win for Massachusetts’ Deval Patrick who was elected governor, making him the first African American governor of Massachusetts and only the second black governor elected in America.
Minnesota’s Keith Ellison will become the first Muslim in Congress.
Michigan’s Proposition 2, which prohibits the University of Michigan and other state universities, the state, and all other state entities from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin, has passed. The Bush administration opposed the university’s pro-affirmative action admission policies and Ward Connerly spent an incredible amount of time moving this proposition along.
Same-sex marriage bans were passed in Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. While in Colorado also said no to domestic partnerships. Arizonia rejected the same-sex marriage ban.
Here in California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been given a sequel over rival Phil Angelides. Proposition 85, a tax that would have increased the price of cigarettes to $7.00 pack was tossed out as was parental notification for abortions done on minors.
Set to become the nation’s first female speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California says Democrats are "ready to lead."
Also in California, the number of Blacks in the Legislature has just increased from six to nine, including the addition of another woman. This is the highest number of Blacks in the Legislature in the history of California, which I know makes my boss very happy since he is the Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and plans to run for Senate now that he’s been re-elected to serve out his last two years in the State Assembly.