Obama Re-Elected; Tammy Baldwin Helps Dems Hold Senate, Sean Maloney Elected in New York
BREAKING: With Ohio called for Democrat Barack Obama, the president cleared the 270-electoral vote hurdle to win reelection. The House will remain in Republican hands, but the Senate will keep its Democratic majority.
Tammy Baldwin, an out lesbian Democratic House member from Wisconsin, made history by winning election as the first out LGBT member of the Senate.
In the Hudson Valley’s 18th congressional district in New York, Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay attorney, defeated freshman Republican Nan Hayworth, becoming the state’s first LGBT representative in Washington.
At 11:25 p.m. Eastern time, the presidential contests in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, and Nevada were still not settled, so the president could build his Electoral College tally –– 57 votes out of the 538 in total are still up for grabs.
Democratic Senate victories by Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts over incumbent Scott Brown, former Governor Tim Kaine against former Senator George Allen in Virginia, Congressman Joe Donnelly over Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, and incumbent Claire McCaskill in her race against Congressman Todd Akin in Missouri guarantee that the Democrats will hold control of the upper chamber on Capitol Hill.
Maloney’s victory in New York was matched in Wisconsin, where out gay State Representative Mark Pocan, a Democrat, has won Baldwin’s current House seat.
Republicans, however, will retain control of the House of Representatives.