I’d been looking forward to election night for several weeks- I knew that things were looking promising for Obama’s re-election & the Democrats in general. I’d bought a fancy bottle of champagne (probably much nicer than ours on Election Night 2008), decided to do a pot roast in crock pot so we would have good food without having to actually cook that evening.
We fired up both the laptop & iPad, me following the live blogging & Hubby fascinated by all the Nate Silver predictions at 538. Early on we parked the TV on MSNBC, but as the returns started pouring in, we’d cycle through all the channels to see how they were reporting the results & to see who had the latest updates.
And then we watched & waited….the news started slowly but turned very favorable quickly. A few early swing states were called for Obama & many of the down ballot candidates & progressive measures were receiving wide support.
We knew there could be election difficulties in Ohio, New Jersey, and especially Florida if the results were close. Things were going so well that I kept telling hubby I wanted to open the champagne early so we’d have the evening to enjoy it, but he insisted we wait until it was officially called. Luckily, picking up all the swing states gave Obama enough electoral college votes that he was over the top once they called Ohio for him, a little after 10PM our time.
Although different than his first election win in 2008, the 2012 Election was just as important and historical. I was thrilled with the election of so many women to Congress (Go Elizabeth Warren!) & so many other monumental firsts for our country, especially representing minorities. It was exciting to see marijuana legalized in 2 states, as well as gay marriage- it was such a big night for progressives & liberals. And it’s apparently a really bad idea to run campaigns belittling rape, cause you gonna’ lose- big time, and it was The Single Biggest Night For Gay Rights In Electoral History.
The only real disappointment was the loss of Prop 37 in California, which required GMO foods to be labeled. I’m not very familiar with the law or requirements, but in general, I do think the public has a right to know about genetically modified foods & made informed decisions about their health.
We’ve got a long way to go from here as a country, but I really hope that we can go forward with a national political party that doesn’t insult women, minorities, gays, people who believe in science/facts/math, and basically anybody with a job. I don’t agree with everything the Democratic Party does & our country works best when we have two viable, intelligent parties balancing out the power & decision making.
It was also quite a fascinating evening on the election front in terms of actual voting. From the crazy delays & long lines on Florida during the shortened early voting period to the GOP imposed stricter limits on voter ID requirements in many states. There were lots of people that had to make a real effort, going out of their way, to simply vote. Something that should be easy, effortless, and accessible to all people since voting is the most fundamental right we cherish as America. I loved this collection of people voting- exercising their right & making their voice heard. Although the Presidential election was called fairly early, there were so many down-ballot races that really mattered & there are even several states (with very dysfunctional electoral boards) still counting votes & calling local races.
I found this great wrap-up & wanted to share and memorialize all the incredible things that happened on Election Night 2012.
On Tuesday, November 7th 2012 the United States of America reelected President Barack Obama, while the Democrats and Republics held on to their control of the Senate and the House, respectively. Historic victories and milestones in this year’s election results include:
-President Barack Obama won re-election with 55% of women’s votes and 45% of men’s votes for a decisive and historic 10% gender gap, according to CNN exit polls.
-The 113th Congress will have 20 women Senators, the most in US History.
-Same sex marriage was legalized in Maine, Maryland and Washington via ballot measures — marking the first time marriage equality has been won through the ballot.
-Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman — marking the first time voters have rejected such a constitutional amendment.
-Tammy Baldwin was elected to the US Senate — she is both the first woman elected to the US Senate from Wisconsin and the first openly lesbian/LGBT US Senator ever elected.
-Elizabeth Warren became the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from the state of Massachusetts.
-Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. In Colorado, residents who are 21 or older can now use and possess an ounce of marijuana, and the state can regulate retail sales of the drug. In Washington, the state will now sell of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older, with sales tax.
-Maryland passed a state version of the DREAM Act — the first act of its kind passed.
-New Hampshire elected the first-ever all-women congressional delegation.
-Mazie Hirono is the first Asian-American woman elected to the US Senate.
-Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu ever elected to the US House.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: So excited to spend the day in Philly & hang out with my best friend more this evening.