More Political Highlights From The US 2012 Elections

When the confetti and Kid Rock CDs are cleared, the victory of Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin may be the second-biggest story of the night. Six years ago, Wisconsin voted on one of those gay marriage bans that plagued the land in the post-Goodrich era. All but one county approved the ban. Today, they have the nation’s first openly gay senator, who now has to figure out what she wants to do with that.

Entry 12: Tammy Baldwin is the second biggest story of the night. David Weigel, Slate.


HARRISBURG (AP) — Kathleen Kane was elected the first woman and first Democrat to be Pennsylvania attorney general Tuesday, defeating Republican David Freed and snapping a chain of GOP victories that had been unbroken since the post became an elective office in 1980.

Kane becomes first woman, first Democrat elected as Pennsylvania’s attorney general - Peter Jackson, Pocono Record.


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) won reelection Tuesday, turning back a challenge from Rep. Todd Akin (R), whose controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy badly damaged his political standing.

Democrat Claire McCaskill defeats Republican Todd Akin in Missouri Senate race – Sean Sullivan, Washington Post.


An amendment that would make it legal in Colorado for individuals to possess and for businesses to sell marijuana for recreational use has passed… Amendment 64 led with 52.7 percent voting yes and 47.3 percent voting no, with 1,507,746 votes or more than 50 percent of active voters counted, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. The office said 25 counties had reported.

Colorado measure legalizing marijuana passes - Sadie Gurman, Denver Post.


Some networks have called the Electoral College for Barack Obama, but it will take longer before the popular vote can officially be called… Of 11:45 p.m., however, Mr. Obama trailed Mitt Romney by only about 150,000 votes nationally, a margin he should be able to make up on the West Coast.

Math Favours Obama In Popular Vote – Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight.

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  • Vi

    Obama wins, but also:
    - Same-sex marriage legalised in Maine and Maryland, and a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota voted down
    - First openly gay woman elected to Senate (Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin)
    - First openly pansexual woman elected to Senate (Mary Gonzalez, Texas)
    - First Asian-American woman elected to Senate (Mazie Hirono, Hawaii)
    - First disabled female veteran elected to the House of Reps (Tammy Duckworth, Illinois)