Good news on the Senate Front:
Gov Maggie Hassan of NH eked out a win for the US Senate. As many remember, Elizabeth Warren as well as Bernie Sanders went to campaign for Hassan a few times. Sen Ayotte conceded the loss late this afternoon. From ABC News:
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was defeated in her re-election bid, losing to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan by just over 1,000 votes, officials said today.
The race was so close that it took the New Hampshire Secretary of State well into Wednesday afternoon to make the results official, announcing that Hassan won by 1,023 votes among approximately 740,000 total ballots counted so far.
In a statement shortly after the secretary of state’s announcement, Ayotte said she spoke to Hassan to congratulate her.
“I wish Governor Hassan, her husband Tom, and their children Ben and Meg the very best,” Ayotte said. “This is a critical time for New Hampshire and our country, and now more than ever, we need to work together to address our challenges.”
Other Berniecrats who emerged victorious:
* Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American elected to Congress from Washington State. She defeated Bradley Walkinshaw in the 7th district. Eying the results of both her race and the national race, Rep-elect Jayapal said:
the result of her race could be “a light in the darkness” if Donald Trump were to emerge triumphant.
“If our worst fears are realized, we will be on the defense as of tomorrow,” she told supporters, many of them in their 20s, who packed Optimism Brewing in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. “We will have to fight for social justice as never before.”
Jayapal said her “small divide” with Walkinshaw was “nothing compared to the huge chasm that divides our nation right now.”
* Catherine Cortez Mastro, first woman Latina elected to US Senate, Nevada. From Fortune:
Cortez Masto, who is the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, was a two-term Nevada attorney general, holding the post from 2007 to 2015. She ran on a platform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, raising the minimum wage, and investing in clean energy.
Nevada has the 14th largest Hispanic population in the U.S., with Latinos accounting for 36% of the state’s residents, according to the Pew Research Center. Hispanic voters have been a force to be reckoned with this election, which some suggesting that they will determine the outcome of the presidential contest.
* Jamie Raskin, newly-elected Rep from Maryland’s 8th District. (note, I don’t think this has been reported on TPW). Roll Call Reports that Raskin was in a crowded primary with opponents such as Kathleen Matthews (know that name? Tweety’s wife, and Clinton gave her some money). Raskin takes Chris Van Hollen’s seat. Van Hollen ran for the US Senate and won. More about Raskin and his potential for good things while in Congress:
The current member-elect is also a constitutional law professor at American University and has served in the Maryland Senate since 2007. There, he was a leader in the efforts to recognize same-sex marriage, decriminalize marijuana and abolish the death penalty.
– See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/new-member-democrat-jamie-raskin-elected-marylands-8th-district#sthash.0uwJnFwi.dpuf
For re-election in the US House, Tulsi Gabard (2nd District) of HI, Keith Ellison (5th District) & Rick Nolan (8th District) of MN, Marcy Kaptur (9th District) of OH, and Raul Grivalja (3rd District) of AZ won their races. We are proud they will continue to stand for progressives.
On the downballots, several Our Revolution recommended candidates won their races. Two notable ones:
* Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected as a state representative in MN
* Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, a nurse who won a city council seat in El Cerrito, CA
All in all, Our Revolution sponsored 115 candidates, 57 or nearly 50% won their races. You can see the complete list here.
Other Bernie related news:
CA’ Proposition 61 on limiting/lowering prices on prescription drugs did not pass. The pharma industry poured $100M to fight the measure.
Bernie’s reaction to Trump’s win, from Variety:
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics, and the establishment media,” Sanders said, echoing some of the themes of his own campaign.”
“People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes, and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids — all while the very rich become much richer.
“To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic, and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him,” he concluded.
Bernie predicted this election over a year ago (h/t way of the Bern):
Let me be very clear. In my view, Democrats will not retain the White House, will not regain the Senate, will not gain the House and will not be successful in dozens of governor’s races unless we run a campaign which generates excitement and momentum and which produces a huge voter turnout.
With all due respect, and I do not mean to insult anyone here, that will not happen with politics as usual. The same old, same old will not be successful.
The people of our country understand that — given the collapse of the American middle class and the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality we are experiencing — we do not need more establishment politics or establishment economics.
We need a political movement which is prepared to take on the billionaire class and create a government which represents all Americans, and not just corporate America and wealthy campaign donors.
In other words, we need a movement which takes on the economic and political establishment, not one which is part of it.”
~ Bernie Sanders August 28th, 2015
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