Tuesday’s midterm elections may not have been quite the blue wave some Democrats were hoping for, but it certainly offered a glimmer of hope for the future of American politics.
In addition to a record number of LGBTQ and female candidates winning races, a few rotten Republicans getting the boot, and several states passing progressive ballot measures, Democrats won back the House by a healthy margin, as well as several important governor races.
All in all, it was a good/almost great night Dems. And a not-so-good/borderline bad night for Republicans.
Here’s a brief rundown of the biggest Republican losers who lost in the midterms…
The county clerk from Kentucky who became famous for denying gay people marriage licenses after the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality in 2015 will never get the chance to deny anyone anything ever again after being voted out of her job.
The two-term Republican governor of Wisconsin, who has a long history of opposing equal rights for LGBTQ people, lost his reelection bid by a slim 1.2% margin. Unfortunately for Walker, because of a voter suppression law he signed after the 2016 election, he can’t request a recount. Karma’s a bitch.
The New York Times bestselling hate monger had a little meltdown on Twitter over the number of Democrats who won in the deep-red state of Kansas. Not only did Dems pick up one U.S. House seat, they also nabbed two State House seats and, most importantly, the governorship, prompting Coulter to swear off the state forever.
The former Reagan speechwriter from California, who believes it should be legal to deny housing to LGBTQ people, lost his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, which he had held since 1989, to Democrat Harley Rouda.
Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions tendered his resignation following months of criticism and bullying from Donald Trump, making him the first White House casualty of the midterm elections. And just like that, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was gone with the wind.
Of course, the biggest loser of the evening was Donald Trump. Despite his claims the night was a “tremendous success” for Republicans, his party lost House by a lot. They also lost several important governor races. Not only that, but the record number of LGBTQ, female, and minority candidates who won across the country suggests the racially-charged and divisive rhetoric he often uses to drum up support doesn’t seem to be working anymore.