08 November 2006

Not all gloom for conservatives

Despite the Democratic gains, there were some bright spots in yesterday's election for conservatives:
  • "Michiganders voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to amend their state's Constitution to ban public colleges and other state agencies from operating affirmative-action programs that grant preferences based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, or gender." See here.
  • Seven states (Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin) passaged marriage amendments. Only one (Arizona) was defeated (and by a 49-51 margin).
  • While the race hasn't been officially called yet, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (incumbent Republican) is leading by 14,000 votes. In the 1% of unreported precincts (almost exclusively small and rural), it does not appear that there are enough votes for the margin to get much smaller.
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