This morning, we had three undecided races, and we can now report good news on all three.
Steve Bullock is the new governor of Montana, and retiring Representative Bob Filner is the new mayor of San Diego.
In New York, the AP and other outlets have called the race for Dan Maffei. While his opponent hasn’t yet conceded, with 99 percent of votes counted, it looks good for Dan.
Together we won!
Nov. 7, 2012, 1 p.m.
Thank you to all our supporters for your hard work. Because of you, today is a great day for the country and for our endorsed candidates.
Starting at the top, we are proud our country re-elected President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They deserved a second term, and there’s no doubt the world will be better with them in the White House.
So far we know voters returned all three our of incumbent Senators — Sherrod Brown, Jon Tester and Kirsten Gillibrand — to the U.S. Senate. We’re especially satisfied with these wins because they bested their real opponents, Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, and that’s a crucial victory for democracy and the country.
We hare happy to report they will be joined in the Senate by two strong new Senators, Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren and New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich.
We have good news on the House side, too. Taking seats back from Tea Party Republicans are Florida’s Alan Grayson, Minnesota’s Rick Nolan and New Hampshire’s Carol Shea-Porter.
It’s looking good for Montana gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock, but the state hasn’t yet finished its count in this close race. We also don’t yet have final calls on retiring Representative Bob Filner’s San Diego mayoral campaign and Dan Maffei’s bid to take back a House seat in New York from Republicans, but we’re optimistic for both of them.
Regrettably, we have one loss to report this morning. Betty Sutton narrowly lost her bid in one of the nastiest and most expensive races in the country. This was an incumbent-on-incumbent match in a new district drawn to favor Betty’s Republican opponent by including about half of his old district but only 20 percent of hers.
More to come…
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