A National Summary of the 2018 Midterm Elections

A friend of the club provided this summary of the 2018 Midterm Elections:

Top of the Line:

A1 Muratsuchi, Ben Allen, Ted Lieu, and Harold Williams all won re-election.

LGBTQ

A Record high 244 LGBT candidates ran nation-wide

Oregon re-elected their Democratic Lesbian Governor
Colorado elected the first Gay man as Governor in the nation: Jared Polis
Arizona elected it’s first woman Senator who is bisexual: Krysten Sinema
Kansas flipped a House District where a lesbian native American won the Congressional seat: Sharice Davids
Massachusetts beat back an attempt to take away Transgender rights
California: Katie Hill a bisexual flipped House of Representatives 25th District to Democrat

NATIVE AMERICANS

In addition to Sharice Davids Lesbian Democrat from Kansas, Deb Haaland was also elected from New Mexico

African Americans

19 African American women won races for judges, (17 of them in Harris County, Houston TX)

MUSLIMS

2 Muslim women won Congressional seats I from Minnesota (Ilhan Omar) and 1 from Michigan
(Rashida Tlaib)

ANIMALS

Florida banned greyhound racing! Yes!
California passed Proposition 12 to improve conditions for domestic animals (although we still
have further to go)

ENVIRONMENT

6 States passed environmental measures supported bv the Nature Conservancy
California, Colorado, Georgia, Montana, Rhode Island and Texas

MEDICARE EXPANSION

Three Republican States passed Medicare expansion; Idaho, Nebraska and Utah

REDISTRICTING

Michigan passed a measure to create a Non-partisan body to redraw district lines ending one of the worst gerrymandered States
Colorado and Missouri also passed bills to prevent gerrymandering

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES

Passed in Arkansas and Missouri
Florida restored the vote for a million felons who served their time and they will be voting in future elections.

SIX STATE LEGISLATIVE CHAMBERS FLIPPED FROM REPUBLICAN TO DEMOCRAT:

Colorado Senate
Maine Senate
Minnesota House
New Hampshire House
New Hampshire Senate
New York Senate

REPUBLICANS LOST SUPER MAJORITIES IN FOUR CHAMBERS

Michigan Senate
North Carolina House.  This is important because now they cannot over ride the vetoes of the Democratic Governor
North Carolina Senate
Pennsylvania Senate

DEMOCRATS FLIPPED 7 GOVERNORS

Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico
AND THE BEST: we retired Scott Walker in Wisconsin!
What was once 33 Republican and 17 Democrat Governors is now closer to an even split-26 Republican and 24 Democrat

DEMOCRATS PICKED up 6 TRIFECTAS

(They control the Governor and both chambers of the State Legislatures)
Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, and New York
We now have a total of 14 Democratic trifectas of course including California

DEMOCRATS BROKE 4 REPUBLICAN TRIFECTAS

Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin

STATE LEGISLATURE FLIPPED SEATS

The Democrats nipped more than 350 seats nation wide
Texas: Democrats flipped 12 House seats and 2 Senate seats
Pennsylvania: Democrats flipped 16 House seats and 5 Senate seats
Florida: Democrats flipped 5 House seats, and 5 Senate seats
Michigan: Democrats flipped 5 House seats
Iowa: Democrats flipped 5 House seats
West Virginia: Democrats flipped 5 House seats and 2 Senate seats

DEMOCRATS WON 3 MORE SUPER MAJORITIES IN STATE LEGISLATURES

Nevada Assembly, Oregon House, Oregon Senate
In California we once again won Super majorities in both the Assembly and the Senate

DEMOCRATS FLIPPED FOUR STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS

Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin

DEMOCRATS FLIPPED Two SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICES

Colorado and Michigan

THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The largest number Of seats gained since Watergate in 1974

37 DISTRICTS FLIPPED AND STILL FLIPPING:

CALIFORNIA: 6 flipped, including 5 in Southern California. Orange County, Reagan Country. is
now BLUE . Most important for those of us who used to be represented (?) by Dana
Rohrbacher, he was defeated by Harley Rouda. Last I heard, it was a sizeable margin- – 53% – 47%.
PENNSYLVANNIA: 4 flipped Democrat but 1 flipped Republican
VIRGINIA: 3 flipped
NEW JERSEY: 4 flipped
NEW YORK: 3 flipped
TEXAS: 2 flipped (1 pending)
FLORIDA: 2 flipped
ILLINOIS: 2 flipped
IOWA: 2 flipped
MICHIGAN: 2 flipped
GEORGIA: 1 flipped (1 pending)
OKLAHOMA: 1 deep Republican district flipped
SOUTH CAROLINA: 1 flipped
WASHINGTON: 1 flipped
ARIZONA: 1 flipped
COLORADO: 1 flipped
KANSAS: 1 flipped
NEW MEXICO: 1 flipped
MAINE: 1 flipped. Maine, in fact all New England, is now BLUE. The last surviving Republican in
all of New England was defeated.
MINNESOTA: 2 Republican Districts flipped Democrat, but 2 Democratic seats flipped Republican
It is clear that Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin are back in the Democratic column!

There is still much more work to do, and in the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

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