Finally some good news for Democrats tonight as Democratic challenger Tom Wolf has cruised to a fairly easy victory over incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania.
While most eyes have been on whether or not Democrats will keep the Senate, these governorship races are just as important. While national offices (President/House/Senate) typically make most of the headlines, state offices are often the ones that have the most impact on the lives of Americans.
Take for instance the expansion of Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act, or same-sex marriage. Both issues that can ultimately end up in the hands of the governors of each state. As a resident of Texas, millions of Texans still don’t have health care because Governor Rick Perry refused to expand Medicaid. State offices also have a lot of impact over women’s rights and gun regulations. So these races are still very crucial for anyone who fights for liberal ideologies.
In another interesting fact, the victory tonight for Wolf marks an end to a historic streak dating back to 1950 where the state of Pennsylvania has alternated political parties every eight years. A streak that was thankfully ended tonight.
And while I know for liberals and Democrats in 49 of the 50 states this election might not mean a whole lot, it’s still a nice piece of good news for Democrats on a night where there’s plenty of bad news to go around.
Let’s just hope for the collective sanity of the nation that a couple of hours from now I’m writing about the official announcement that Democrats will keep the Senate, and not that Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is set to become the Senate Majority Leader in January.