In my last post, I analyzed the General Election in
Pennsylvania, which was
mostly favorable to Democrats and to liberals.
Across the United
States, however, the election results were generally
In the most important contest, a Republican was elected Governor of Kentucky. He campaigned in part on the theme of protecting conscience exceptions for those with religious or moral objections to same-sex unions, including county clerks who object to recognizing “marriages” of homosexuals.
gained one Senate and 5 House seats.
Democrats were triumphant in New
Jersey, however, as they gained four House seats. In Virginia,
Republicans lost one House seat, but held onto the GOP margin in the Senate,
despite a campaign by its liberal Democratic Governor to gain the majority of
the Senate for Democrats, based on his platform for Medicaid expansion and
other issues, as well as an effort by prominent opponents of the right to keep
and bear arms.
Even in liberal
voters chose not to reelect the Sheriff who had been outspokenly in favor of
his city’s policy of sanctuary for illegal aliens.
In referenda of interest to conservatives, voters were favorable to conservative positions. Voters in
rejected a referendum to give more rights for homosexuals and
transsexuals/transvestites over concerns about access to public facilities by
those who claim to identify themselves as members of the opposite sex. Ohioans turned down a referendum to allow
medical and recreational use of marijuana. Houston, Texas
There were relatively few races and major referenda on the ballot this year. Little can be discerned from results that produced such few changes across the
as in Pennsylvania,
other than how conservative principles, if presented well and if that message
is heard by the electorate, remain convincing to many voters.