The progressive vote was mired in defeat after Election Day ended with voters disapproving of initiatives from various Democratic states at the polls in the election.
As the Washington Free Beacon indicated, while a referendum in California showed broad support for the blue vote, there was widespread discontent over election initiatives to abolish the cash bond and end the state’s ban on affirmative action in higher education admissions.
In California, which has the most extensive systems for voting initiatives, there were several defeats. One of them is Proposition 16, which sought to reinstate affirmative action programs in California and was pushed nationally by Democratic lawmakers.
According to Forbes magazine, the initiative sought to impose measures on California’s public universities to prioritize factors such as race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin as a reason to promote admissions and other programs.
The measure also hoped to give state and local governments the authority to consider these factors when hiring government employees and awarding government contracts.
In the state of Illinois, voters rejected Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to implement a graduated state income tax, leading the state government to acknowledge defeat of the constitutional amendment by announcing a “financial quagmire,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
Voters in the state of Colorado rejected a ban on abortions after 22 weeks, an issue that is gaining importance as the conservative-majority Supreme Court moves to reconsider Roe v. Wade, the case that the Supreme Court had urged in 1973 to decriminalize induced abortion.
Meanwhile, despite the expected blue wave that the Democratic-majority House hoped to achieve in expanding seats, even some of its moderate front-line members lost to Republican challengers.
As the Washington Times pointed out, now, while it appears they will still have control of the chamber, the Republicans have reduced that majority by gaining at least seven seats.
According to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the electoral referendum took a victory lap on Wednesday afternoon, giving President Trump credit for supporting House Republicans.
“The Republican coalition is bigger, more diverse and more energetic than ever before. That’s because of President Trump. His efforts in reaching out to every demographic has positively changed the future of the GOP,” said McCarthy.