Kansas re-elected both Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, despite predictions that both could lose in a backlash against the state’s extreme conservative and anti-choice policies.
The Maine state legislature voted three times to expand Medicaid in the last two years, and Gov. Paul LePage vetoed it every time.
In Colorado, Republican Cory Gardner deflected repeated attacks about his long history of anti-choice positions to oust pro-choice Sen. Mark Udall.
GOP candidates running in blue-leaning states used pro-LGBT plugs to moderate their image; meanwhile, the Democrats largely remained silent as they played defense in red states.
Texas voters handed state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and her fellow Democrats a crushing defeat Tuesday. In one of the most high-profile gubernatorial campaigns in the country, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) was elected to succeed Gov. Rick Perry (R).
In 2006, Rounds signed into law one of the most sweeping anti-choice laws in the country, which banned all abortions unless a pregnant woman’s life was in jeopardy.
Voters in Colorado rejected a “personhood” ballot measure seeking to protect “pregnant women and their children” by defining “person” in Colorado’s criminal code to include “unborn human beings.”
The measure amends the constitution to include language that says “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” The amendment would also allow state lawmakers to “enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion.”
Though Walker has managed to convince voters he deserves another term, his election is a blow to reproductive rights advocates in the state and around the country.
Widely seen as the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history—spending has surpassed $100 million—the Southern Senatorial race, forecast as neck-and-neck, was a last hope for Democrats to hold onto a Senate majority before 2016.