DemDaily: Where We Won

November 7, 2019

In addition to historic victories in Kentucky and Virginia, Democrats won in legislative, municipal and ballot measure elections across the country on November 5th.

In a growing suburban revolt against Donald Trump, higher-income, more educated, mostly female voters helped flip key local races.

The Highlights

Mayor, Tucson: Regina Romero become the first Latina to be elected mayor of Tucson.

Mayor, San Francisco: London Breed won re-election.
District Attorney, San Francisco: In the Bay City's ranked-choice voting sytem, the election is still too close to call. As of Wednesday evening, Suzy Loftus was leading Chesa Boudin by 2,205 votes.
Ballot Measure: Proposition C, to overturn a citywide ban on all e-cigarette sales, was rejected.

James Mueller, left, celebrate Mayoral victory with Pete and Chasten Buttigieg (Michael Caterina/Tribune)

Ballot Measures: Proposition DD, to legalize sports gambling in Colorado and use taxes paid by casinos to fund the state water plan, passed.

Mayor, South Bend: In the race to replace Pete Buttigieg James Mueller (D) defeated Sean Haas (R).
City Council, Hamilton County: In the state's most staunch Republican Party stronghold, Democrats Miles Nelson, Jocelyn Vare and Samantha DeLong won upset victories in Hamilton County's city council races.


In his 49.2% to 48.8% victory over Republican Governor Matt Bevin (R), Andy Beshear won the Cincinnati exurbs of Kenton and Campbell counties -- the first time a Democrat has won these areas since 2011.

More on Kentucky and Virginia Victories! DemDaily: Bringing Home Blue Victories 

Ballot Measure: Question 2, to allow for Alternative Initiative Signatures for Persons with Disabilities, passed.

Trish Gunby (D) is congratulated by her son Kyle after winning a traditionally Republican Missouri House seat (C.Hidalgo/St Louis Public Radio)

State House: Democrat Trish Gunby won an open Republican House seat in the suburbs of west St. Louis. Democrats also won four of five other House special elections across the state Tuesday.

New Jersey
State General Assembly: Democrats maintained their majority.

New York
Ballot Measure: New York City's Question 1, to establish ranked-choice voting, passed.

Municipal: In
Hilliard, a suburb of Columbus, Democrats won a seat on the City Council for the first time in 30 years, and in Delaware County Democrats picked up a City Council seat.

Mayor, Philadelphia: Jim Kenney easily won re-election.
Municipal: In Delaware County, Democrats won control of the city council for the first time since the Civil War; in Bucks County, Democrats took control of the board of commissioners for the first time since 1983; and in Chester County, Democrats swept the county commissioner races.

PA Working Families Party Kendra Brooks celebrates historic victory (Piserchio/WHYY)

In Philadelphia, Working Families Party Kendra Brooks won an at-large City Council seat that has been held by Republicans for 70 years.
Ballot Measure: Constitutional amendment to adopt Marsy's Law protections for crime victims, passed.

Mayor, Houston: Houston's mayoral election will head to a December 14 runoff. Incumbent Sylvester Turner received 47% of the vote (short of the majority required to avoid a runoff) to Tony Buzbee's 28%.

State Legislature: In Democrats historic takeover of both the State Senate and House, they picked up suburban seats in Richmond, Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

RelatedDemDaily: Bringing Home Blue Victories 11/6/19

Upcoming Elections: There are upcoming elections November 12-December 3rd in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin, including the Louisiana Governor's race November 16, 2019.

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