Dems Win In Iowa – Kentucky – Houston – Philly – Baltimore – Charlotte – VA 5 Times – New Jersey 6 times – Wake County – gop’s Anti American Voter Scheme Defeated In Maine – Radical gop Recalled in MI – Radical gop Recalled in AZ

Democrats retain control of Iowa’s state Senate

Democrat Liz Mathis, a former television reporter and anchor in the area for three decades, defeated Republican Cindy Golding, a small business owner and farmer, by 56 to 44 percent to claim the seat, which was vacated this fall by a Democrat who left to become a utility regulator.

The contest to represent Linn County in the state Senate was closely watched. Had Republicans won the race, control of the 50-seat state Senate would have been evenly split.

That would have given Republicans a fresh chance to push through measures — including a ban on same-sex marriage — that Democrats had been able to block with their 26-24 edge.

 

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear wins re-election by a wide margin

Democrat Steve Beshear trounced Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith on Tuesday to win his second four-year term as Kentucky’s governor.

 

Mayor Annise Parker Wins Second Term in Office

HOUSTON – Even before the polls closed Tuesday night, it was a forgone conclusion what would happen in Houston’s race for Mayor.

Annise Parker was elected to her second term in office despite having six candidates in the field.

 

Mayor Michael Nutter Wins Second Term

Democrat Cruises To Easy Victory Over GOP’s Brown

With 96 percent of precincts report, Nutter had 133,252 votes, good for 75 percent, compared to Brown’s 38,640 votes, or 22 percent, and Independent candidate Wali Rahman’s 6,331 votes, or 4 percent.

 

Rawlings-Blake looks to legacy of full term

Democrat Rawlings-Blake easily won in her first bid for the office, beating Republican Alfred V. Griffin III by a wide margin.

 

Mainers vote to continue Election Day registration

PORTLAND, Maine — By a relatively wide margin, Mainers on Tuesday overturned a recently passed law that would have ended a 38-year-old practice of allowing voters to register on Election Day.

…With more than three-quarters of the state’s precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, the yes side was leading 60 percent to 40 percent and had declared victory. The yes side was prevailing in every county, with especially lopsided results in Portland and Bangor.

 

Michigan State Representative Paul Scott has been recalled

Rick Pluta just called in to say that Michigan State Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has been recalled. Scott conceded defeat saying his campaign did their best, they came up short, and that he will not rule out running again in the future.

Scott is the first sitting state lawmaker to be recalled since 1983.

 

Anthony Foxx is re-elected Charlotte mayor

Foxx defeats Republican Stone by largest percentage since 1999

On a big night for Charlotte Democrats, Mayor Anthony Foxx coasted to a second term Tuesday, ensuring himself a high profile at next year’s national convention while his party tightened its grip on city hall.

Foxx won 67 percent of the vote against Republican Scott Stone, the largest winning margin in a mayoral race since 1999.

And Democrats swept the city council’s four at-large seats – ousting one Republican in the process. Their win leaves two Republicans on the 11-member council.

 

Author of Arizona’s immigration law concedes defeat in recall vote

PHOENIX — Senate President Russell Pearce conceded defeat Tuesday in an unprecedented recall election, a stunning turnabout for the author of Arizona’s tough immigration law and one of the most powerful politicians in the state.

 

Greg Stanton claims victory over Wes Gullett in Phoenix election

Greg Stanton launched his candidacy for Phoenix mayor in December, surrounded by supporters in a restored, historic warehouse downtown. Thousands of handshakes, 50 debates and 11 months later, Stanton’s journey ended Tuesday at the same place he started – this time celebrating victory.

Stanton will become the 52nd mayor of Phoenix. Unofficial election results showed that he had a comfortable lead over rival Wes Gullett, who conceded the race to Stanton about a half hour after the first results were posted.

…Stanton, a Democrat, had been cast as the union-backed, career politician throughout the race, while Gullett, a Republican, was painted as a special-interest lobbyist who wanted to tear down city government.

 

N.J. District 38 election: Driscoll concedes state Senate race to Assemblyman Gordon

BERGEN COUNTYRepublican state Senate candidate John Driscoll has conceded the 38th District race to state Sen. Robert Gordon (D-Bergen).

…Republican Assembly candidates Fernando Alonso and Richard Goldberg also conceded to their Democratic opponents: Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Bergen) and Maywood Mayor Timothy Eustace.

Democrats win in Fourth Legislative District

With nearly all districts counted, the Democrats in New Jersey’s Fourth Legislative District have made a clean sweep in Tuesday’s elections.

As of 10 p.m., with nearly 96 percent of districts in Camden County and all in Gloucester County tallied, incumbent Sen. Fred Madden had 22,100 votes to his Republican challenger Giancarlo D’Orazio’s 13,840.

Incumbent Paul Moriarty and newcomer Gabriela Mosquera took the Fourth District’s two Assembly seats, with 21,022 votes and 19,845 votes, respectively.

They beat out Republicans Shelley Lovett (14,316 votes) and Patricia Fratticcioli (13,966) along with Independent Tony Celeste (1,764).

 

Democrats again control Wake school board

RALEIGH — Incumbent Wake County school board member Kevin Hill defeated challenger Heather Losurdo in a runoff Tuesday to complete a Democratic sweep that knocks Republicans out of power after a turbulent two-year reign.

 

Barlow unseated; Miller wins

Voters, including those in three precincts in Suffolk, put longtime area state delegate William K. Barlow out of office on Tuesday in favor of political newcomer Richard Morris.

“It is a predominantly Republican-leaning district,” he said. “Every election I was sort of the underdog, but this year was even more so with a number of new areas.”

 

Democrat Locke wins third term in 2nd Senate District

State Sen. Mamie Locke easily won re-election to a third term Tuesday, beating Republican challenger Thomas Harmon IV of Hampton in the state’s 2nd Senate District.

Locke, a dean at Hampton University, won the popular vote by a 2-to-1 margin in Hampton, the largest locality in the district, and had strong leads late Tuesday in York County and Newport News.

 

Northam holds off Loyola’s challenge in 6th District

Democrat Ralph Northam outpaced his Republican challenger in a district that straddles cities and counties on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay.

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