Not just the economy
For the extreme right-wing of the Republican party, the verdict in the US presidential polls must be the stuff of nightmares. Not only did their candidate, Mitt Romney, lose the contest, Americans across the country voted for liberal social values.
An array of victories for progressives, big and small, trickled in from across the country as election night drew to a close: three states — Maryland, Maine and Washington — legalised gay marriage, the first to do so by popular vote rather than through court or legislative decree. Minnesota voters rejected a ban on gay marriage, while Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay senator in US history. Amendments legalising recreational marijuana use passed in Colorado and Washington. The two Republican candidates who went public with their offensive views on rape were defeated, handing control of the Senate to the Democrats. And voters sent to the upper house a record number of women — five, bringing the total up to at least 20.
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