Democrats win in several states on abortion rights and other highlights from Tuesday's elections
(AP) Democrats had plenty of good news to celebrate in Tuesday’s off-year elections and more evidence that they can win races centered on the national debate over abortion. Abortion rights supporters won an Ohio ballot measure and the Democratic governor of beet-red Kentucky held onto his office by campaigning on reproductive rights and painting his opponent as extremist. A Democrat won an open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after campaigning on his pledge to uphold abortion rights. And Democrats took full control of the Virginia statehouse, blocking Republicans from being able to pass new abortion restrictions and delivering a defeat to Gov. Glenn Youngkin that may douse any buzz about a late entry into the GOP presidential primary.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear reelected to second term in Kentucky, overcoming state's GOP dominance
(AP) Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear won reelection to a second term Tuesday, notching another significant statewide victory in an increasingly red state that could serve as a model for other Democrats on how to thrive politically heading into next year’s defining presidential election. “Tonight, Kentucky made a choice, a choice not to move to the right or to the left but to move forward for every single family,” Beshear told a raucous crowd of supporters in Louisville.
Virginia Democrats sweep legislative elections after campaigning on abortion rights
(AP) Virginia Democrats who campaigned on protecting abortion rights swept Tuesday's legislative elections, retaking full control of the General Assembly after two years of divided power. The outcome is a sharp loss for Gov. Glenn Youngkin and his fellow Republicans, who exerted a great deal of energy, money and political capital on their effort to secure a GOP trifecta. Virginia was one of just four states holding legislative races this year, and it's something of a microcosm of other closely divided states that will be critical in next year's presidential election.
That fueled outsized interest in the legislative races, as both parties closely monitored the results for signs about voter moods heading into the 2024 campaign.
Ohio voters enshrine abortion access in constitution in latest statewide win for reproductive rights
(AP) Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that ensures access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care, the latest victory for abortion rights supporters since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year. Ohio became the seventh state where voters decided to protect abortion access after the landmark ruling and was the only state to consider a statewide abortion rights question this year.
Democrat Dan McCaffery wins open seat on Pennsylvania Supreme Court
(AP) Democrat Dan McCaffery won an open seat on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court in Tuesday’s general election, preserving a strong Democratic majority on a panel that has produced several critical election-related rulings in the presidential battleground state.
The seven-member bench, which will be made up five Democrats and two Republicans, is also at the center of cases on guns and abortion rights — which had a prominent role in the campaign.
Democrat flips deep-red New Jersey Assembly seat in upset
(The Hill) Democrats have successfully flipped a seat in New Jersey’s General Assembly in a a deep-red district that has not elected a Democratic legislator in three decades. Decision Desk HQ projects that Democrat Avi Schnall has won a seat in the assembly, unseating incumbent Republican Assemblyman Ned Thomson. Voters in each New Jersey legislative district choose two assembly members to represent them, so the contest was a four-way race featuring two Democrats and two Republicans. Schnall was elected alongside incumbent Republican Assemblyman Sean Kean in the 30th district.
Liberals Win A Majority In Battleground Virginia School Board Race
(Huff Post) Liberal candidates in the Loudoun County, Virginia, school board race have secured a victory in the battleground county that has become a culture war hot spot. Liberals now have a 6-seat majority on the nine-seat board. The liberal candidates focused on Loudoun County’s reputation as a nationally recognized school system, championing its diversity and equity plans and shying away from weighing into the conservative culture wars that appear to be sweeping school boards nationwide.
Moms for Liberty endorsed 13 candidates in Iowa. 12 lost.
(CBS 2 Iowa) The highly contested Linn-Mar school board race had eight candidates vying for four open spots. All the candidates supported by Moms for Liberty failed to get in the top four.
Incumbents Barry Buchholz and Brittania Morey won reelection. Buchholz received 15 percent support and Morey got 14% support. Katie Lowe Lancaster and Justin Foss all received 15 percent support too. The Linn-Mar district has drawn national attention for its gender identity policy causing the school board race to become more political than it has been in recent years.
Voters aren't fooled by Republican lies on abortion -- and Democrats are benefiting at the ballot box
(Salon) If you want to understand why Donald Trump has a near-inevitable lock the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, despite his unsubtle longing to end democracy, look no further than the issue of abortion rights. Republicans really want childbirth to be mandatory but the strong majority of voters disagree. It's one of many reasons right wing voters and GOP leaders cling to Trump harder as he vows revenge on all those who stopped his fascist coup. But Republicans aren't quite powerful enough, yet, to ban abortion without ever having to answer to the voters over it.