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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Election Day Scoreboard

Election Day Scoreboard

Ohio Voters Slam Collective Bargaining Law 61% - 39%

By Dell Hill

Voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of several important issues - most surrounding the economy in one form or another - as well as the election of governors and legislatures in a number of states.  These off-year elections don’t usually attract large turnouts, but this year, with extremely toxic questions on the ballot in several states, the interest was high.

Probably the biggest headline of the day is the result of Ohio voters rejection of a law in that state which would have restricted the collective bargaining rights of organized employees.  Unions spent millions in opposition to the law, but it remains to be seen if their opposition will do anything to save their lower echelon members from layoff slips as the State grapples with an $8 billion dollar deficit.

Let’s go to the scoreboard, courtesy of Fox News, and look at the results thus far.  Keep in mind that recounts are expected and could change the results on some of these races.

“About a dozen states held votes for office holders and ballot initiatives on Tuesday, and several key races could offer some glimpse into the nation's mood one year before the 2012 elections.

Fox News tracked the following races, and updates continue to come in.

Kentucky Governor

Democrat: Steven L. Beshear, Incumbent -- WINNER, 56 percent
Republican: State Sen. David L. Williams, 35 percent
Independent: Gatewood Galbraith, 9 percent

Ohio Ballot Initiatives

Issue 2. Collective bargaining. Approves or rejects a new law passed by the Legislature that limits collective bargaining rights of public employees. -- LAW REJECTED, 61-39 percent
Issue 3. Health care. Prohibits the government from mandating that individuals or businesses participate in the federal health care law. -- MANDATE OPPOSED

Mississippi Governor and Initiatives

Initiative 26: Should the term "person" be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof? -- DEFEATED, 58-42 percent

Initiative 27: Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to require a person to submit government issued photo identification in order to vote? -- APPROVED, 62-38 percent

Initiative 31: Should government be prohibited from taking private property by eminent domain and then transferring it to other persons? -- APPROVED, 73-27 percent


Democrat: Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny L. DuPree, 39 percent

Republican: Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant -- WINNER, 61 percent

Mississippi Legislative Elections:

House of Representatives: 122. Current: 68 D, 54 R.
Results: 52 D, 52 R. Leading: 6 D, 11 R.
Senate: 52. Current: 24 D, 27 R, one vacant seat.
Results:  22 D, 28 R. Leading: 1 D, 1 R.

Virginia Legislative Elections

General Assembly Seats: 100. Current: 39 D, 59 R, 2 I.
Results: 32 D, 66 R, 1 I. Leading: 1 R.
Senate Seats: 40. Current: 22 D, 18 R.
Results: 20 D, 19 R. One race too close to call, Republican leading.

New Jersey Legislative Elections

General Assembly Seats: 80. Current 47 D, 33 R.
Final Results: 48 D, 32 R.
Senate Seats: 40. Current: 24 D, 16 R.
Final Results: 24 D, 16 R.

California San Francisco Mayoral Election

Edwin Lee, Incumbent -- Leading with 31 percent of vote
David Chiu
Jeff Adachi
Michela Alioto-Pier
Cesar Ascarrunz
John Avalos
Terry Baum
Paul Currier
Bevan Dufty
Tony Dufty
Dennis Herrera
Emil Lawrence
Wilma Pang
Joanna Rees
Phil Ting
Leland Yee

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