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Shannon Coulter @shannoncoulter
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Today I'm ignoring that embarrassing sideshow of a president in favor of writing a thread about just a few of the many things about last night's election that are making me *really* happy today. Feel free to add on to it!
First, I just want to point out that for the Dems to have re-taken the House in an economy this strong is very impressive. Unseating incumbents is *really* hard to do & doing so in a strong economy, nearly impossible. Many candidates who did it were 1st timers too. Uh. May. Zing.
Next, I’m thrilled Dems gained SIX new state trifectas, states where they control gov's office & both legislature chambers. Like CA, these states can now push back hard against the horror show coming out of DC, especially NY, which is now _officially_ East Coast Resistance HQ.
Speaking of trifectas, I loved seeing Michelle Lujan Grisham become the first ever Latina governor of New Mexico last night, a victory which flipped New Mexico entirely blue — one of those six new Dem trifectas. 💙
I am downright gleeful that so many women flipped down ballot seats last night at state & local level. @Flippable has been working assiduously on that and field is now FULL of promising women, many of whom will go on to run for higher office. That pipeline is looking PINK. 💃
Speaking of women who won, can we talk about how amazing it is that Sharice Davids, a Native American lesbian, decisively won her House election in traditionally ruby red KANSAS!? She’s a powerhouse.
Also very excited that in New York, 41 year old Antonio Delgado just beat an incumbent Republican who thinks separating kids from their parents is a great idea. (It still boggles my mind that *anyone* can be in favor of that.) Delgado is one to watch.
Dazzling to me that Katie Hill is currently ahead of Steve Knight and looks as if she’s poised to win a traditionally Republican pocket of California? She's 30 years old and she's probably going to beat an incumbent! Wow. Another one to watch. All eyes on Katie.
In Michigan, a Dem challenger, Elissa Slotkin, beat a longtime GOP incumbent for a House seat in a district that Trump won in '16. Significant! Michigan voters also voted for automatic voter registration, which'll make things more difficult for GOP in that state going forward.
I'm ELATED that amendment four passed in Florida last night, which restores voting rights to over one million felons who have completed their sentences. A very positive trend after Virginia did this too in 2016. If you serve your time, you should be able to vote!
Finally, I love that in Nevada Jacky Rosen won her Senatorial race against incumbent Republican Dean Heller. She ran partly on the issue of introducing more common sense gun laws, which in previous years would probably have guaranteed her defeat in that state. Another good sign.
All in all, we didn’t get everything we wanted, but it was enough of a change to give me a LOT of hope for the future. What are you happy about today?
*Correction: Michelle Lujan Grisham is the the first ever *Democratic* Latina governor of New Mexico. The current governor there, Susana Martinez, was not only the 1st Latina Governor of NM but also in the U.S.
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