Minority Republican Candidates Make History On Election Day


A historic election day for Republicans also marked a groundbreaking moment for minority GOP candidates.

On a day that conservatives gained control of the House of Representatives and captured the majority of governorships in the United States, several Republican candidates bucked long-standing trends in their home states. Two years after the nation elected its first African-American president, voters continued to make historic decisions at the polls.

Susana Martinez (R-N.M.) became the first Hispanic woman to be elected governor in U.S. history, while Nikki Haley (R-N.C.) [sic] (CAJ note: Haley is from South Carolina] and Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) will soon be the first female governors of their respective states.

Brian Sandoval will become Nevada’s first Hispanic governor, while Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Allen West (R-Fla.) are the first black Republicans elected in their respective states since the late 19th century. The last black Republican in Congress was J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), who left office in 2003.

The article continues at PersonalLiberty.com

Update: Read also at American Thinker, A Broad-Based Conservative Victory

…Various groups contributed to the GOP victory: Independents voted for the new crop of conservatives 55 percent to 39 percent; 48 percent of women voted GOP, a dramatic increase over 2008; self-identified evangelicals (at roughly 30 percent of all voters) voted 78 percent for the GOP. The major group that did not contribute to this election was the youth vote that was so crucial in 2008. Young people stayed away from the polls; their absence was a factor in the outcome.

Sen. Reid, who, according to analysts, won because the unions sent multiple busloads of voters to the polls to ensure his victory, doesn’t seem to understand the extent of the public repudiation of his radical agenda. The president was, as has become typical, condescending and arrogant in his after-the-election press conference. He doesn’t get it. He talked about the public’s expectations and said that they overwhelmingly want the government to “work harder, move forward and make progress.” The president’s only concession was to assert that his administration was “in a hurry” to make the changes mandated in 2008 and thus didn’t also “change the process” of government. He argued against the idea that people rejected his agenda; after all, he said, “people don’t carry around a fixed ideology” — an astounding perspective that, perhaps, explains his administration’s governance.

As analyses are made public, we will see how much the major media understands; their portrayal of the Tea Party was destroyed by voters. Frank Luntz’s polls revealed that voters viewed Tea Party members as more mainstream than Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…

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