I predict this will be my last political post… for awhile. Unless Obama goes and does something crazy (or awesome, which is more likely) before Jan. 20, that is. Keep in mind this is only a prediction, not a projection… ugh, I have a feeling I’ll be in election mode for awhile.
People are calling last night’s events “historic” and “momentous.” Regardless of the outcome, it was an election for the books. But so much has already been said and in ways much more eloquently than I could say it, I’m going to do something a little different.
Following is a list of ballot measures and races, by region, I feel are important with their outcomes. And a bit of commentary as well, of course. Via CNN.com (more specifically, their local ballot measures election page – check there for updates as well as full descriptions and details of each measure):
- Arizona Proposition 102 (Ban on gay marriage): With 99 percent of precincts reporting, this proposition is projected to pass with 56 percent of the votes. BOO.
- Arkansas Initiative 1 (Ban on gay couples adopting children): With 96 percent of precincts reporting, this initiative is projected to pass with 57 percent of the votes. Also BOO.
- California Proposition 8 (Ban on gay marriage): With 95 percent of precincts reporting, there are 52 percent voting yes. Apparently it’s too close for CNN to call yet but it doesn’t look good. BOO.
- Florida Amendment 2 (Ban on gay marriage): With 99 percent of precincts reporting, this amendment is projected to pass with 62 percent of the votes. BOO.
- Colorado Amendment 48 (Human life from moment of conception): With 91 percent of precincts reporting, this amendment is projected to fail with only 27 percent voting in favor. This one’s complicated and difficult for me to choose a side, but an overall YAY for me.
- South Dakota Initiative 11 (Abortion limits): With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, this initiative failed with only 45 percent of the votes in favor. YAY.
- Michigan Proposition 1 (Allow medical marijuana): With 100 percent of precincts reporting, this proposition passed with 63 percent of the votes. YAY.
- Michigan Proposition 2 (Allow stem cell research): With 100 percent of precincts reporting, this proposition passed with 53 percent of the votes. YAY.
- Washington Initiative 1000 (Allow doctor-assisted suicide): With less than 60 percent of the precincts reporting, this initiative is projected to pass with 59 percent of the votes. YAY.
- Washington state governor (by county): The counties voted overwhelmingly for Dino Rossi. I am fully convinced the eastern and western parts of Washington should be split into two states. Props to Rossi for not conceding to Christine Gregoire last night when TV networks were calling the race. It’s so frustrating to me that less than 60 percent of the precincts in the state have reported their votes when the last governor’s race was decided by 100-something votes. I am thoroughly disappointed and outraged that Western Washington can control the entire state so easily. This map, via MSNBC.com, breaks down the state by county and shows you just how much of Washington prefers Rossi (red states) versus Gregoire (blue). BOO. Update: Rossi conceded at approximately 11:40 a.m. BOO.
- Washington state presidential vote (by county): Of the three counties I’ve lived in, only one aligned with my views for president. With less than 60 percent of precincts reporting, Columbia and Grant counties went 67 percent and 62 percent for McCain, respectively, while Whitman County was 51 percent for Obama. This was to be expected.