In several important races that could influence the outcome of the general elections the following year, voters across the US headed to the polls on Tuesday.
Both unforeseen outcomes and some historic victories were accomplished that evening. Below is an overview of the noteworthy races that have been called thus far.
The outcome continued the winning run that supporters of abortion access had begun after the US Supreme Court determined last year to reverse its 1972 Roe v. Wade decision and do away with the country’s constitutional right to an abortion.
Democrats took over both houses of the state legislature in Virginia, the Associated Press reports. Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, who strongly advocated for Republican candidates and attempted to unite them around his proposal to outlaw most abortions beyond 15 weeks of pregnancy, received criticism because of the outcome.
Republicans’ desires of capturing control of the legislature were dashed in Virginia, where all 140 state legislative seats were up for elections, while Democrats kept their majority in the state senate.
Democrats also surprisingly secured control of the state house’s lower chamber, the house of delegates. This implies that they will be able to successfully thwart the plans of Republican governor Glenn Youngkin, who wants to outlaw abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with the exception of rape, incest, and serious medical conditions.
If the Republicans had gained control of both houses, they could have swiftly pushed their conservative policy agenda. Even though not all the contests have been called, Democrats are jubilant about what was expected to be a signpost for 2024.
State Law in the Only Elections:
Ohio voters unanimously supported adding abortion protections to state law in the only elections where the issue was on the ballot statewide. Tuesday’s approval vote for “Issue 1” was nearly 60% overall, after months of campaigning with millions of dollars on both sides
Because the U.S. The Supreme Court in Roe v . Last year, the Wade decision turned the abortion debate on the states, causing about 16 of them to ban all abortions So, said Carter Sherman, a news organization journalist in Akron, Ohio, Ohio, says it has thus seen a decrease in the number of abortions available. Ohio has a law that prohibits abortions after six weeks. Nevertheless, the court suspended enforcement of the law. Tuesday’s results may not be included again.
After a widely recognized race that included two former law firm partners, Kentucky voters chose Democratic incumbent Andy Beshear over Republican Daniel Cameron to hold the governorship in a particularly conservative state
If elected, Cameron, the nation’s first black attorney general, would become the first black Republican governor in the entire history of the nation. Breona Taylor’s family opposed Cameron’s gubernatorial campaign because they were unhappy with how the investigation into her death was handled.
The first congressional district in Rhode Island was decisively won by 35-year-old Democrat Gabe Amo against Republican Gerry Leonard. Amo, a fellow Democrat who got over 32% of the vote and will succeed fellow Democrat David Cicilline, who left this summer to take up the role of chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Foundation, was raised in Pawtucket as the son of Ghanaian and Liberian immigrants.
Voters in Philadelphia chose Cherelle Parker to be the city’s 100th mayor and first female mayor. Parker beat her Democratic opponent and had a significant lead over Republican David Oh. In a Democratic stronghold where worries concerning crime, gun violence, and blight are constantly at the forefront of people’s minds, Parker ran as a moderate. Since her teenage years, Parker has been active in politics. She worked as a member of the Philadelphia city council from 2016 to 2022 and as the state’s representative for Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2016.