It Was a Good Night For Abortion Rights, Ron DeSantis, Iowa Gun Owners—and Democrats
Big-picture items like the fate of the House or Senate are still unclear, so for Roundup this morning we’ll zero in on what we do know. This includes the outcomes of a lot of the state ballot initiatives we previewed yesterday, and of some key Congressional races.
It was a good night for…
Reproductive freedom. Five states had reproduction-related measures on their ballots last night, with three of them aimed at protecting abortion rights, one anti-abortion measure, and one measure in Montana that require doctors to prolong the lives of infants who are born but could not ultimately survive on their own outside the womb. It’s looking like the three measures aimed at protecting reproductive freedom will pass, while the anti-abortion amendment (in Kentucky) and the Montana measure will fail. More on these five measures here.
Iowa gun owners. Iowans have approved a constitutional amendment protecting their right to bear arms.
John Fetterman. Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman has beat Republican Mehmet Oz in a highly contested and high-profile Senate race. With 94 percent of votes in, Fetterman is beating Oz 50.3 percent to 47.3 percent. Libertarian candidate Erik Gerhardt has 1.4 percent of the vote.
J.D. Vance. In another closely watched Senate race, this one in Ohio, Republican J.D. Vance has beat Democrat (and incumbent) Tim Ryan. With 95 percent of votes in, Vance is beating Ryan 53.3 to 46.7 percent.
Ron DeSantis. The Florida governor easily won reelection, even turning the historically blue Miami-Dade County red. “DeSantis is the first GOP governor to win Miami-Dade County, a Democratic stronghold, since Jeb Bush’s re-election in 2002. He did so by double digits,” noted Axios.
Vice regulation. In California, a proposal to legalize sports betting at race tracks and Native American casinos is failing by a huge margin, and a proposal to legalize online sports betting in California is failing by an even bigger margin. Meanwhile, a proposal to uphold the state’s ban on flavored tobacco products has passed. And in Colorado, a measure to allow alcohol delivery services and to-go drinks is currently failing. With 78 percent of precincts reporting, 52.78 percent of Colorado voters said no.
Ranked choice voting in Nevada. The state is looking likely to approve a top five ranked choice voting scheme.
The very old and the very young. In Florida, voters elected the first Gen Z member of Congress. In Iowa:
Chuck Grassley, 89, who was born before the invention of the chocolate chip cookie, will serve another six (6) years in the Senate.
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) November 9, 2022
It was a MIXED night for…
Drug prohibition. Recreational marijuana legalization was on the ballot in five states last night. But only two of these proposals were successful, in Maryland (Question 4) and Missouri (Amendment 3). The legalization measures failed in Arkansas (Issue 4), North Dakota (Measure 2), and South Dakota (Measure 27). Meanwhile, a Colorado proposal to decriminalize psychedelic plants and fungi is narrowly winning with 80 percent of votes in.
Criminal justice reform. Both Ohio and Alabama passed bail initiatives (Issue 1 and Amendment 1) that will mean more people being denied bail or having their bail set very high. (Reason‘s Billy Binion has more on these proposals.) Montanans overwhelmingly voted for a constitutional amendment (Montana C-48) requiring authorities to obtain a search warrant before searching electronic devices or communications. And five states voted last night on whether their constitutions should allow slavery or indentured servitude as punishment for crimes. Proposals to prohibit this passed with large majorities in Alabama, Vermont (Proposal 2), and Tennessee (Amendment 3), and passed with a slimmer majority in Oregon (Measure 112). Louisiana’s measure (Amendment 7)—which was more controversial, with some saying its provisions would actually backfire—has failed.
It was a BaD night for…
Punditry and the predicted “red wave.” As of this morning, it looks like the GOP will control the House of Representatives—but by a much smaller margin than was anticipated. Republicans were expecting to gain at least a couple dozen seats, giving them a hefty House majority. Now it’s looking like they’ll win a much smaller number of races and may wind up controlling the House by as little as a few seats.
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