Election night progress

Prior to the election, I'd been following fivethirtyeight.com, which is probably the most accurate tracking website out there. I don't know what their secret is, but they're good. Really good. In any case, they had projected Obama to have a 90%+ chance to win, so his re-election was no surprise to me and I was very glad that Mittens is on his way back to Kolob.

But it wasn't Obama's re-election that had me feeling great; it was all the other progressive victories. It was a good night:
  • Todd Akin, infamous for his boneheaded remark that women are unlikely to get pregnant in the case of "legitimate rape", was soundly defeated. The fact that he was defeated by a woman makes it that much sweeter.
  • Richard Mourdock, with his clumsy remark about pregnancy resulting from rape being something "God intended to happen", was also defeated
  • Maine and Maryland became the first two states to legalize gay marriage by popular vote.
  • Floridians rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have allowed taxpayer money to go to religious organizations.
  • Washington state and Colorado passed measures to legalize weed. Although it's a symbolic victory since it's still illegal at the federal level, it shows progress in the minds of the people.*
On the downside, Pete Stark, the only congressman who is openly atheist, appears to have lost his seat to someone who used religion as a wedge. On the plus side though, another atheist, Kyrsten Sinema, looks on track for a narrow victory in Arizona. 

And by the way, I think that Obama's re-election is pretty remarkable if for no other reason than the fact that Romney had the most-watched news network campaigning for him, which is perhaps no better represented than by this graph on how the news networks covered candidate speeches the weekend prior to the election:

*For the record, I do not smoke weed. But I think that people who want to ought to be free to do so, rather than tossed into our overcrowded penal system.


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