2014 Gubernatorial Elections
Governors not seeking re-election or ineligible due to term limits are
Arizona - Jan Brewer (R)
Arkansas - Mike Beebe (D)
Maryland - Martin O’Malley (D)
Massachusetts - Deval Patrick (D)
Nebraska - Dave Heineman (R)
Rhode Island - Lincoln Chafee (D)
Texas - Rick Perry (R)

2014 Gubernatorial Elections

Governors not seeking re-election or ineligible due to term limits are

  • Arizona - Jan Brewer (R)
  • Arkansas - Mike Beebe (D)
  • Maryland - Martin O’Malley (D)
  • Massachusetts - Deval Patrick (D)
  • Nebraska - Dave Heineman (R)
  • Rhode Island - Lincoln Chafee (D)
  • Texas - Rick Perry (R)
US Senate elections, 2014
Senators not seeking reelection this cycle are:
Georgia - Saxby Chambliss (R)
Iowa - Tom Harkin (D)
Michigan - Carl Levin (D)
Montana - Max Baucus (D)
Nebraska - Mike Johanns (R)
South Dakota - Tim Johnson (D)
West Virginia - Jay Rockefeller (D)
It was also announced recently that OK senator Coburn, who will not seek re-election in the 2016 cycle, will retire from the Senate at the end of this year. This means a special election will have to be held to select a replacement who will serve out the remainder of Coburn’s term. 

US Senate elections, 2014

Senators not seeking reelection this cycle are:

  • Georgia - Saxby Chambliss (R)
  • Iowa - Tom Harkin (D)
  • Michigan - Carl Levin (D)
  • Montana - Max Baucus (D)
  • Nebraska - Mike Johanns (R)
  • South Dakota - Tim Johnson (D)
  • West Virginia - Jay Rockefeller (D)

It was also announced recently that OK senator Coburn, who will not seek re-election in the 2016 cycle, will retire from the Senate at the end of this year. This means a special election will have to be held to select a replacement who will serve out the remainder of Coburn’s term. 

Virginia Attorney General
In a tight race, it came down to provisional ballots for State Senator Mark Herring to defeat State Senator Mark Obenshain. The state results will be certified on November 24th after which it is highly probable Obenshain will request a recount.
If either Herring or Obenshain wins, a special election would need to be scheduled to replace either in the Virginia Senate

Virginia Attorney General

In a tight race, it came down to provisional ballots for State Senator Mark Herring to defeat State Senator Mark Obenshain. The state results will be certified on November 24th after which it is highly probable Obenshain will request a recount.

If either Herring or Obenshain wins, a special election would need to be scheduled to replace either in the Virginia Senate

Virginia House of Delegates election
No change in overall party composition as the two seats the Democrats gain are offset by two Republican pickups in western Virginia.
Democrats gained two seats
HD-2 covering parts of Stafford and Prince William Counties (Result: 50.7% D, 49.3% R)
HD-93 near Williamsburg(Result: 52.2% D, 47.8% R)
Republicans take two seats in Western Virginia
HD-4 which the Democrats held before but failed to field a candidiate(Result: Republican uncontested)
HD-19 previously held by an Independent who decided to retire. (Result: 70.2% R, 29.8% D)

Virginia House of Delegates election

No change in overall party composition as the two seats the Democrats gain are offset by two Republican pickups in western Virginia.

Democrats gained two seats

  1. HD-2 covering parts of Stafford and Prince William Counties
    (Result: 50.7% D, 49.3% R)
  2. HD-93 near Williamsburg
    (Result: 52.2% D, 47.8% R)

Republicans take two seats in Western Virginia

  1. HD-4 which the Democrats held before but failed to field a candidiate
    (Result: Republican uncontested)
  2. HD-19 previously held by an Independent who decided to retire. 
    (Result: 70.2% R, 29.8% D)
New Jersey votes, despite a landslide victory for Governor Chris Christie who opposed the measure, voted in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage. Garnering heavy support in urban areas around Philadelphia and New York/Newark.
The proposal raises the state’s minimum wage to 8.25/hr with increases after that to keep up with cost of living adjustments/inflation

New Jersey votes, despite a landslide victory for Governor Chris Christie who opposed the measure, voted in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage. Garnering heavy support in urban areas around Philadelphia and New York/Newark.

The proposal raises the state’s minimum wage to 8.25/hr with increases after that to keep up with cost of living adjustments/inflation

Voters in Colorado overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to raise income taxes to fund education. The proposal failed to gain a majority of voters outside of Denver and Boulder with some counties rejecting it with 80% or more opposed to the measure

Voters in Colorado overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to raise income taxes to fund education. The proposal failed to gain a majority of voters outside of Denver and Boulder with some counties rejecting it with 80% or more opposed to the measure

Colorado Proposition AA
Voters in CO overwhelmingly decided in favor of a proposal to impose two taxes on marijuana sales in the state
1. a 15% excise tax on recreational marijuana with proceeds going to education
2. a 10% sales tax in addition to CO’s state sales tax and local taxes
This measure swept every county in the state

Colorado Proposition AA

Voters in CO overwhelmingly decided in favor of a proposal to impose two taxes on marijuana sales in the state

1. a 15% excise tax on recreational marijuana with proceeds going to education

2. a 10% sales tax in addition to CO’s state sales tax and local taxes

This measure swept every county in the state

Virginia Lt. Governor
State Senator Ralph Northam (D) defeats E. W Jackson (R). 
This election has broader implications because of the current partisan make-up of the VA Senate. Being split evenly, the Lt. Gov who is currently Bill Bolling (R) casts the tiebreaking vote. With Northam’s election, the balance tilts to the Democrats. 
A special election will now be held for Northam’s senate seat in the Tidewater

Virginia Lt. Governor

State Senator Ralph Northam (D) defeats E. W Jackson (R). 

This election has broader implications because of the current partisan make-up of the VA Senate. Being split evenly, the Lt. Gov who is currently Bill Bolling (R) casts the tiebreaking vote. With Northam’s election, the balance tilts to the Democrats. 

A special election will now be held for Northam’s senate seat in the Tidewater

Virginia Gubernatorial Election, 2013
The marquee race of 2013’s election cycle sees virginia break the political norm of VA Governor’s elections. Traditionally, VA votes for governors opposite of the President’s party. Not this time.
In a narrow victory, former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe defeats Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. There was also a significant third party showing from Robert Sarvis (L). 
This was the quintessential “Battle of the Virginias”. McAuliffe carried the urban areas around Washington, Norfolk and Richmond whereas Cuccinelli carried much of the rural parts of Virginia. Turnout in the urban areas, specifically Fairfax County put McAuliffe over the edge
This map is similar to the presidential results of 2012 and a massive flip from the republican tidal wave that swept Bob McDonnell into power in 2009
This has 2016 implications as there is now a Democrat governing one of the premier swing states

Virginia Gubernatorial Election, 2013

The marquee race of 2013’s election cycle sees virginia break the political norm of VA Governor’s elections. Traditionally, VA votes for governors opposite of the President’s party. Not this time.

In a narrow victory, former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe defeats Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. There was also a significant third party showing from Robert Sarvis (L)

This was the quintessential “Battle of the Virginias”. McAuliffe carried the urban areas around Washington, Norfolk and Richmond whereas Cuccinelli carried much of the rural parts of Virginia. Turnout in the urban areas, specifically Fairfax County put McAuliffe over the edge

This map is similar to the presidential results of 2012 and a massive flip from the republican tidal wave that swept Bob McDonnell into power in 2009

This has 2016 implications as there is now a Democrat governing one of the premier swing states

New Jersey Governor
Incumbent Governor Chris Christie (R) routs State Senator Barbara Buono (D). This election is seen widely as a launchpad for Christie’s assumed 2016 Presidential ambitions

New Jersey Governor

Incumbent Governor Chris Christie (R) routs State Senator Barbara Buono (D). This election is seen widely as a launchpad for Christie’s assumed 2016 Presidential ambitions