Sunday, November 8, 2015

Conservative Analysis of the 2015 General Elections across the United States

           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 opposite. 

            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.

            In Mississippi, Republicans 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 San Francisco, 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 Houston, Texas 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. 

           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 U.S., 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.  

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