Jesse Overholser: What we won on Nov. 6th

There’s no doubt November 6th was a huge victory for Democrats. Having worked countless hours for the Obama campaign, I felt relieved and my job felt completed. The victory didn’t just include the presidency, which was a huge win, but it also included across the board victories in house and senate races.

In Massachusetts and Indiana, Democrats won against Republican incumbents for the Senate. The Democrats now hold 55 seats to a mere 45 Republican. In the middle of summer, the consensus was that Republicans were going to take the Senate. In the highly red state of Indiana, there was a huge victory for Democrat Representative Joe Donnelly, who won weeks after his opponent claimed rape to be God’s will.

A race in Wisconsin reflects changing attitudes towards the LGBT community. Winning her race in Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay senator. Another victory for the LGBT community occurred in Arizona’s District Nine, when Kyrsen Sinema became the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress. Sinema is also an atheist in a highly Christian state.

Democrats picked up an unprecedented eight seats in Congress. One of those seats belongs to Carol Shea-Porter, who voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, and then lost the election the following year during the Tea Party takeover.

Shea-Porter said, “There was no fear about the health-care law [this election]. I think that was the big thing that was driving the 2010 election and the Tea Party coming in. I think that’s over. I think people recognize that this is a consumer-friendly bill.”

The election is over, and now it is time to return to governing. President Obama and the Democrats have a plan to strengthen the middle class. For President Obama’s administration to have an impact in the next year, this plan must pass.