Election Day was a big day for the GOP and the charge was led by the Bluegrass State of Kentucky.
With victories in Virginia, New York, Maine, Mississippi and more Republicans had plenty to celebrate.
Ellie Wallace, Communications Director for the Republican State Leadership Committee, (RSLC), the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country, summed up the political landscape after Tuesday’s elections:
- Republicans held control of the Virginia Senate, the biggest legislative battleground of 2015. They maintain a 21-19 majority against a flood of over $3 million in late progressive spending against Republican candidates. Republicans also kept a strong majority in the Virginia House.
- Lieutenant Governor-Elect Jenean Hampton became the first African American elected statewide in Kentucky history, joining Governor-Elect Matt Bevin in this historic election.
- In Mississippi, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann led the way with big reelection victories. Voters returned strong GOP majorities in both the state House and Senate.
- Also in Mississippi, voters rejected Initiative 42, keeping the state’s education under the control of the state legislature and out of the hands of one judge in Hinds County.
- The Republican majority in the New York Senate remains intact as Fred Akshar won the special election in District 52.
- Maine Republicans picked up both House special elections in Obama-carried districts.
- Republicans also flipped a Democratic Senate seat with Guy Reschenthaler’s victory in Pennsylvania District 37 to expand upon this blue state majority.
- While the race has not yet been called, the special election in Washington House District 30B is looking like it will be a GOP pickup by first-time candidate Teri Hickel, which will move that chamber one seat away from a split chamber.
For just the second time in four decades Kentuckians elected a Republican, tea party favorite Matt Bevin, to the office of governor.
The Republican victory extended to the new Lieutenant Gov. Jenean Hampton, the first African-American elected statewide.
Many Kentucky citizens brought their celebration to social media.
Proud to say that I voted for @MattBevin! This selection was far too easy, we need a change & Conway is not it! #sayingNOtoliberals
— Lori Miller (@LoribMiller7) November 3, 2015
A historic night in KY! Congrats to Lt Gov-Elect @HamptonforKy, the first African American elected statewide in KY. pic.twitter.com/wu2422F9e3 — Reince Priebus (@Reince) November 4, 2015
Congratulations to Kentucky Governor-elect @MattBevin! — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 4, 2015
When an actual conservative runs – he wins. #kygov https://t.co/GlzBXW44nd — Seton Motley (@SetonMotley) November 4, 2015
BREAKING: Tea Partier Wins KY Gov Race After Promising To Take Healthcare From 400,000 in KY https://t.co/6V1rkVjVP8 pic.twitter.com/D3JpXjURR0
— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) November 4, 2015
.@MattBevin Self-funding businessman wins #ElectionDay race for Kentucky Governor. Sound familiar? #Trump2016 pic.twitter.com/qOQJkbnlvq — The Patriot (@ThePatriot143) November 4, 2015
Liberal Tears are flowing tonight. Kentucky you got it Right. Congratulations Governor Elect @MattBevin https://t.co/nptWMaUqbW — Redlion and Buddy (@eddiern) November 4, 2015
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