Election night was tough for Democrats, but they did have some important victories that will lay the groundwork for the political battle ahead.
Democrats did not go home empty-handed on November 8th. Here are some notable victories:
- We elected the largest number of women of color to the Senate in U.S. history. Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will all be going to Washington to fight for progressive values.
- We ousted the governor of North Carolina. Pat McCrory, the infamous figure behind the “bathroom bill,” abortion restrictions, and voter suppression is in power no more. In his place, voters elected state attorney general Roy Cooper.
- We kept most of our current red state governors’ mansions. Although Republicans won our open seat in Missouri, Steve Bullock was reelected in Montana, and Democratic businessman Jim Justice will be taking over from the departing Earl Ray Tomblin in West Virginia.
- We defeated Joe Arpaio. The infamous sheriff of Maricopa County, who has practiced widespread racial profiling and detained Hispanic people in tent cities, lost his reelection bid.
- We took both chambers of the Nevada state legislature. Assuming we can maintain control past 2020, this means Republicans will be unable to gerrymander this state following the next census.
- We unseated Republican Kelly Ayotte in NH. Maggie Hassan is going to the Senate.
- We won several ballot initiatives around the country. The minimum wage was raised in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington. New gun control laws were passed in California, Nevada, and Washington. California and Maine raised taxes on the wealthy.
- Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. This speaks for itself. Her supporters can take comfort knowing that they are the majority in America.
Following is a statement from Emily’s List:
We are proud to deliver the most diverse incoming Congress in history. Perspectives matter, and our women bring much-needed voices to Congress to lead on policies that matter to women and families. In addition to ushering in the most women ever to Congress, we also worked to shatter other important glass ceilings: Catherine Cortez Masto, who will be the first Latina in the Senate; Kamala Harris, who will be the first Indian American in the Senate and second African American woman in the Senate; Tammy Duckworth, who will be the first Thai American in the Senate; Pramila Jayapal who will be the first Indian American woman in Congress; Lisa Blunt Rochester, who will be the first woman and person of color elected to Congress from Delaware; Nanette Diaz Barragán who will be the first Latina elected to represent California’s 44th District; Val Demings, the first woman and woman of color elected to represent Florida’s Tenth District; and Stephanie Murphy, the first Vietnamese American woman elected to Congress and first woman and person of color to represent Florida’s Seventh District.