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2010 Election Wrap: GOP Seizes Control of House, Dems Keep Senate


Wow, so quite a bloodbath last night. A red tide, shall we say.

It made new House Speaker John Boehner shed some tears (check, AFTER THE JUMP...)

Republicans picked up control of the House of Representatives, adding at least 60 seats as of this morning. They also picked up at least 6 seats in the Senate with three undecided, leaving the Democrats in control there.

Iowasupremecourt In other races, lots of disappointment. Some tough losses.

DADT champion Rep. Patrick Murphy lost his seat in Pennsylvania. Senator Russ Feingold lost his Wisconsin seat. Alan Grayson lost his seat.

In Iowa, in what may turn out to be the most damaging news to LGBTs of the night, the religious right-wing successfully engaged enough with voters to oust three pro-equality judges from the state's Supreme Court — Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and justices David Baker and Michael Streit, as well as the state's pro-equality Governor Chet Culver.

In Hawaii, Democrat Neil Abercrombie won election as Governor.

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank managed to hold on to his seat against the GOP's Sean Bielat, putting GOProud's anti-Dem cash to waste.

Cicilline In LGBT news, the House now has four openly gay representatives, Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polis, who were all reelected, and now David Cicilline from Rhode Island, who won his bid last night.

In Kentucky, Teabagger Rand Paul won his senate election but the city of Lexington also elected an openly gay mayor, Jim Gray.

Martin O'Malley won reelection as Maryland's governor and Independent Lincoln Chafee was elected governor of Rhode Island. Marriage equality hopes have risen significantly for Rhode Island.

In Colorado, teabagger Ken "homosexuality is like alcoholism" Buck lost his Senate race to Democrat Michael Bennet.

In California's 45th, Mary Bono Mack defeated gay challenger Steve Pougnet.

A few bright spots in California:

Brown Jerry Brown beat Meg Whitman to be the state's next governor, and Barbara Boxer beat Carly Fiorina to retain her Senate seat.

In California's attorney general race, Democrat Kamala Harris was holding an extremely narrow lead over Republican Steve Cooley at midday Wednesday.

Some other good California news, from LGBT POV: "Most of the 'down-ticket' statewide races were also won by Democrats – at least as of 1:30am with 69% of the precincts reporting: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom beat Abel Maldonado 49% to 40.6% after some back and forth; Debra Bowen handily won re-election as Secretary of State; John Chiang was re-elected as Controller; Bill Lockyer was re-elected as Treasurer; and in a particular triumph of talent over outside money, Assemblymember Dave Jones beat Mike Villines 49.5% to 38.8% for Insurance Commissioner after the insurance industry poured in millions to buy Villines the election. Tom Torlakson is the new Superintendent of Public Instruction...In other state races – the best news was the defeat of Protect Marriage attorney Andy Pugno by Richard Pan: with 100% of the precincts reporting for the Assembly District 5, Pan had 56,386 (49.1%) to Pugno’s 53,006 (46.1%). Also good news – openly gay Rich Gordon, Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins joined Speaker John A. Perez, Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, and Chris Keho in the California LGBT Caucus, the largest number of LGBTs in a state legislature in the nation."

Voters also rejected Proposition 19, the marijuana measure.

Cuomo In New York, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer retained their Senate seats. Andrew Cuomo was elected Governor over teabagger Carl Paladino, who hoisted a baseball bat at his concession speech.

Control of the NY State Senate was unsettled late into the night. Pro-equality Democrat Brian Foley was trailing his GOP challenger Lee Zeldin in late hours, but Frank Padavan of Queens, a Fight Back NY target, looked to be on his way out. More on the NY State Senate race here.

Teabagger Marco Rubio sent Democrat Kendrick Meek and Independent and 'fabulous' candidate Charlie Crist packing. What's next for Crist is anyone's guess. Come out of the closet, maybe?

Reid Harry Reid, in one of the shockers of the night, pulled it out against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle in Nevada.

In Alaska, Lisa Murkowski was ahead of Tea Party candidate Joe Miller in her write-in campaign early Wednesday.

David Vitter won reelection in Louisiana.

Teabagging anti-masturbation witch Christine O'Donnell went down early in Delaware, defeated by Chris Coons.

Deval Patrick was elected governor of Massachusetts.

Ike Skelton of Missouri was defeated by extreme homophobe Vicky Hartzler.

Governor John Lynch successfully overcame a campaign from NOM to retain his governorship in New Hampshire, however, the legislature may have been regained by the GOP.

Ricky Perry was reelected governor in Texas.

The Victory Fund highlights some additional races in which LGBT candidates were victorious:

–Nickie Antonio’s election to the Ohio House.  Antonio will be the first openly LGBT person to serve in the state legislature.

–Marcus Brandon’s election to the North Carolina House.  Brandon will be the state’s only openly gay state legislator and one of just five out African Americans to serve as state lawmakers.

–Victoria Kolakowski’s election as a Superior Court judge in Alameda County.  Kolakowski becomes the first openly transgender judge in America.

–Kevin Lembo’s election as Connecticut State Comptroller.  Lembo joins just a handful of openly LGBT candidates to have been elected to statewide positions.

–Laurie Jinkins’ election to the Washington State House.  Jinkins is Washington’s first openly lesbian state legislator, and could help her gay colleagues pass a marriage equality bill in the next legislative session.

Thanks to everyone who joined our live blog last night. Though the news was largely frightening, we had a good time.

Watch Boehner shed some tears because he won't have time to tan or golf during the week anymore, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. You forgot to mention that Kevin Lembo, an openly gay man won the election for State Comptroller in Connecticut making him the first openly LGBT person to win statewide office in Connecticut (if not the country).

    Posted by: Keith | Nov 3, 2010 8:27:29 AM

  2. And once again, you forgot to mention that Tom "Kill the Gays" Emmer is terrifyingly close to being Governor here in MN. So close, they have to do another effing RECOUNT. When this happened with Al Franken and Norm Coleman it was 8 months of court battles. You'll remember Emmer, Andy, as the jerk who hung out with that anti-gay Christian music group and Target and Best Buy pumped a bunch of money to which started the boycotts. Also for the first time in more than a generation, the GOP won both our House and Senate in MN. And Michelle Bachmann is back to embarrass the hell out of us some more.

    Posted by: AJ | Nov 3, 2010 9:04:44 AM

  3. Additionally, West Point grad, hate-crime victim, and total bear Dan Manning lost his bid for the Kansas House. I was really pulling for him because it's significant we are running for office in middle America. This might be one of these cases where losing still sort of wins. Good job, Dan.

    Posted by: Greg | Nov 3, 2010 9:07:36 AM

  4. The guy holding the fish is Chris Cuomo, not Andrew Cuomo.

    Posted by: Terry | Nov 3, 2010 9:07:38 AM

  5. poor pathetic america

    Posted by: allan d | Nov 3, 2010 9:08:19 AM

  6. Ha Ha Ha! Meg Whitman spent 150 MILLION DOLLARS only to LOSE. She was against gay rights, maybe if she would have had a gay hairstylist do her hair she would have won. SUCK IT YOU DIRT BAG REPUBLICANS!

    Posted by: Darlinkula | Nov 3, 2010 9:16:30 AM

  7. So I'm confused... what state am I supposed to move to now?

    Posted by: Greg | Nov 3, 2010 9:23:26 AM

  8. So far, with the exception of the Atty General, Republicans ate shit in CA. But, given the position of Prop 8, Atty Gen is a pretty important position here in the state right now. But hope springs eternal here: Harris was trailing heavily when I went to bed and now she holds a slim lead. Keep those fingers crossed for the photo finish!

    Posted by: princely54 | Nov 3, 2010 9:26:45 AM

  9. Can someone tell me how to pronounce "Cicilline"?

    Does it rhyme with "trampoline", "Sicilian", or "tetrazinni"? And, do you enunciate the c's like "Cheech and Chong"?

    Posted by: Greg | Nov 3, 2010 9:42:30 AM

  10. The situation in MN is dire. We were poised for marriage equality with the election of a Dem governor. Instead Dem's unexpectedly lost BOTH state houses (the senate for the first time in 38 years) and the governor's race is undecided.

    Posted by: eco-freak | Nov 3, 2010 9:43:01 AM

  11. The next two years are going to be hell

    Posted by: ravewulf | Nov 3, 2010 9:49:52 AM

  12. So proud to be a Californian today. It looks like a Democratic sweep. I wouldn't get too bummed out about the election. Two years of listening to John Boehner will lead to a revolt. The Republicans have the Tea Party to deal with. In the next two years, DADT will be gone, Obama will be more open to gay marriage and the economy will be on the rebound big time. Our economy in Cali is hurting, but I am so proud to live in a state that is so progressive. Green jobs are the future here.

    Posted by: RobinCA | Nov 3, 2010 9:58:09 AM

  13. @Greg

    It's pronounced: sis-uh-LEE-nee

    Posted by: Q | Nov 3, 2010 10:07:26 AM

  14. I'm still puzzling out why the citizens of one of the state's most at risk of financial insolvency rejected legalizing something that would have pumped billions of dollars into the local economy.

    Posted by: Zach | Nov 3, 2010 10:33:36 AM

  15. The tide washes in a pack of Republicans as it washes rubbish on the beach. We'll live with the unsightliness and smell longer than we want, but another tide will take them away again. Political pollution injures and sometimes kills. We can keep working to clean it.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Nov 3, 2010 10:50:54 AM

  16. It's the 80's again! Gawd how I hated the 80's. I do hope the Dems have learned a lesson from this. Do not elect a rookie with no experience as president just because the Kennedys like him. His insistence on pushing healthcare reform during a time of economic devastation pushed the electorate over the edge and ruined a once in a lifetime opportunity. It will take at least a generation for any progressive legislation to even get a hearing now on capitol hill. The gays will be damn lucky to survive without suffering some major negative setbacks.

    Posted by: niles | Nov 3, 2010 11:30:32 AM

  17. Correction: Lincoln Chaffee is an independent, not a Democrat. He was until recently a Republican and left the party over its social conservatism, especially its anti-gay positions.

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Nov 3, 2010 1:50:14 PM

  18. Here comes another 2 years of hell on earth!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Nov 3, 2010 1:59:32 PM

  19. Honestly, we mostly lost Blue Dogs Dems anyway. So, yeah it sucks, but we only lost the guys who mostly just Dems in name only.

    Posted by: Sgt.Sausagepants | Nov 3, 2010 4:33:36 PM

  20. The GOP is pure evil. Smear campaigns, lies, and fear are how they win their elections and they're proud of it.

    Posted by: VAVA | Nov 4, 2010 7:22:32 AM

  21. Exit polling confirmed that voters remain deeply anxious about the state of the country, with the economy far and away the most pressing issue on their minds. Two-fifths of voters said their financial situation is worse than it was two years ago, according to the Associated Press. A similar proportion of the electorate said they support the tea party movement.

    Even before the night's losses began to unfold, Democrats had begun speculating about how the party should respond to a grievous loss. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning that some Democratic Party leaders are already hoping for a shakeup on the president’s team. The Journal quoted a House strategist describing emerging divisions between congressional Democrats and the White House: “On the Hill, there's this sense that there are three [political] parties — the president, Democrats in Congress and Republicans in Congress.”

    Posted by: crest white strips | Oct 20, 2011 9:22:18 PM

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