November 8, 2011
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By Adam Bink
Election Day across the country, though it matters in some states more than others. In Houston, out Mayor Anise Parker is expected to win re-election easily, though may have to face a run-off if she doesn’t exceed 50% of the vote. Also, the Houston Chronicle just pulled an endorsement over anti-gay ads in the race.
Other races I’m looking at are Erie County Executive back home in New York, Virginia State Senate, SB 5 in Ohio (collective bargaining), San Francisco Mayor (though incumbent Ed Lee is expected to win in a walk and out candidate Bevan Dufty to be well behind), the personhood initiative Mississippi, and various ballot propositions in California on parcel taxes and other props. And of course, the lovely Mylinda Mason running for school board in Modesto, warning of sturm und drang if California kids are allowed to learn about Billie Jean King, Bayard Rustin and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell come January.
What races are you watching?
Update: Thanks to Straight Dave in the comments for noting the critical Iowa State Senate race that could determine whether a vote will be held on a marriage amendment.
Update 2: Adam Ebbin becomes Virginia’s first openly gay state senator. Congrats to Adam!
Update 3: Equally huge, Mathis wins in Iowa! Marriage equality is safe for now.
Update 4: Annise Parker wins re-election in a walk.
Update 5: Personhood initiative in Mississippi goes down in flames, which in itself is really a testament to those who didn’t give up when this was written off by the media, organizations and conventional wisdomists. Being 20 points down with not much time to go to this kind of turnaround is remarkable.