The midterm elections are over (well, not counting Louisiana, but more on that later). Now that the dust has settled, the electoral landscape has decidedly changed. From races to key ballot measures, we’ve got you covered with the results of the most important results of the midterms. So who are the big winners of the election?
- Republicans: The GOP gained control of the Senate last night and kept control of the House of Representatives.
- Marijuana supporters: While Florida voted no on medical marijuana (57% of Florida actually said yes, but 60% was needed), Oregon and Washington D.C. voted yes to approve the legalization of marijuana and at current writing, it looks like Alaska has as well.
- Minimum Wage Increase supporters: Voters in Arkansas, Nebraska, Alaska, and South Dakota all said yes to increasing their minimum wage. Illinois voters also passed a non-binding minimum wage increase measure.
- Both sides of the Gun Control argument: Washington state Ballot Initiative 594 was approved requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases. Meanwhile, voters in Alabama bolstered their right to bear arms.
- Sick Pay supporters: Voters in Massachusetts approved a paid sick leave ballot initiative that allows workers in the state to earn 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.
- Abortion Rights supporters: Voters in both Colorado and North Dakota rejected fetal personhood measures.
- Women Politicians: For the first time in U.S. history, there are 100 women in congress.
- Tim Scott, Shelly Moore Capito, & Gina Raimondo,Elise Stefanik,& Joni Ernst: Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) became the first African-American senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction and also the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate. Shelly Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) became the state’s first female senator. Gina Raimondo (D-Rhode Island) became Rhode Island’s first female governor. Elise Stefanik (R-New York) at age 30 became the youngest female ever elected to congress. And Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), an Iraq War veteran, became both the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate and the first woman elected to either chamber of Congress from Iowa.
And finally, back to Louisiana. Voters in Louisiana will have to do it all over again for their senate race. Since no candidate was able to secure 50 percent of the vote, they will now have a run-off election on Saturday, December 6th between Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) and Rep Bill Cassidy (R). More about that here.
We hope you all voted. Though the election may be over, there is still much work left to be done. Keep tuned to the League of Young Voters for more great things and content to come! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram .