Election season is over! No more TV ads, phone calls or emails asking for support or donations. President Barack Obama was re-elected, but that wasn’t the biggest news of the night.
The presidential race was tight at the beginning and then widened at the end in the presidents favor. President Obama took home 303 electoral votes compared to Romney’s 206, although Florida has yet to report their numbers and award their 29 electoral votes. Obama also took 50 percent of the popular vote, with Romney winning 48 percent, again without Florida in the mix.
A record 20 women took seats in the U.S. Senate, with three of them defeating Republican controversy makers, who made comments on cases of rape that drew fire from both sides, such as Sen. Murdoch (R-IN) and Sen. Akin (R-Mo). The status in Congress will remain unchanged, with the House under Republican control and the Senate under Democratic control.
There were six state ballot measures that addressed the use of marijuana in state. Some were for medicinal marijuana while others for recreational. Arkansas, Montana and Oregon voted to not allow marijuana legalization, while Washington and Colorado voted to allow recreational marijuana and Massachusetts voted to allow medicinal marijuana sales.
It was also a big night for marriage equality. Maine and Maryland have voted to allow same-sex marriages, while Minnesota voters did not uphold the proposed ban on same-sex marriage, which would define marriage between a man and a woman. As of 2:00 p.m. Central Time, the Washington measure to allow same-sex marriage was still being tallied, although numbers are in favor of marriage equality in the state.
Florida took on the controversial abortion issue with a proposed ban on public funds for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or the mothers’ health. This did not pass.
Four states sought to limit the effects of the Affordable Care Act in state. Montana, Wyoming and Alabama all passed the measure, that all read to prohibit the federal and state government from compelling businesses and individuals to participate in any health care system and restrict the government from imposing taxes or fees on those who do not participate. Florida did not pass the measure.