Written by Michael Sargeant
Saturday, 17 December 2011 14:23
News from: Michael Sargeant, Executive Director, The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.
On November 08, 2011, Democrats faced off against a wave of extremist, Tea Party-backed candidates propped up by the full might of an unprecedented GOP money machine – and we won. The GOP and right-wing organizations poured tens of millions of dollars into defeating Democratic state legislative candidates and progressive ballot initiatives. But with a handful of races still too close to call, Republicans have apparently failed to win unambiguous control of a single new legislative chamber. Republicans had four chances to win new legislative majorities last night, but Democrats stopped them all four times.
Here’s the rough breakdown of how Democrats performed in last night’s elections. Our Party:
Stopped the Tea Party in its Tracks:
Majorities in four legislative chambers were on the line last night, but Republicans came away empty, winning no better than a tie in any chamber. That’s four legislative chambers that won’t be joining the wave of Tea Party extremism in the states.
Reversed GOP Attacks on Working Families and Voting Rights: Ohio’s SB5, state Republicans’ infamous Scott Walker style attack on working families, was defeated by a 66%-34% landslide, and Maine’s law allowing same-day voter registration has been reinstated. When given a chance to restore their own rights – in the workplace or in voting booths – Americans voted overwhelmingly to do so.
Notched Critical Special Election Victories: Democrats also won a half-dozen important special elections around the country, collectively preventing Republicans from winning total control of two more states, and two of the most extreme GOP state legislators in the country were defeated in recall votes. Republicans had major structural advantages in every one of these battleground states. They had money pouring in from right-wing organizations, and they had districts and voting trends that favored GOP candidates. But none of that mattered, because Democrats had better candidates, better ideas, and more supporters committed to the progressive cause.
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