November 9, 2011 by staff
Mississippi Elections, U.S. voters defeated Republican- backed curbs on unions in Ohio, rejected a Mississippi abortion ban and ousted the Arizona legislator behind an anti-immigration law in ballots yesterday showing an electorate wary of change after the longest recession since the 1930s.
The Ohio defeat of limits on union bargaining rights enacted by first-term Governor John Kasich and Republican lawmakers, the rejection of a Maine Republican measure ending same-day voter registration and the loss by Arizona Republican Senate leader Russell Pearce heartened Democrats heading into the 2012 presidential race.
With the economy still struggling in the aftermath of the 18-month recession, voters expressed distrust for transformative policies, said John C. Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.
“A lot of voters are saying, ‘Whatever is going to happen, I don’t need any more change in my life right now,’” Green said.
In Virginia, where President Barack Obama won in 2008, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell’s party picked up seats in the House of Delegates and appeared close to taking over the Senate, according to the Associated Press.
Ohioans also approved a measure challenging Obama’s health- care law, while Mississippi kept Republicans in charge by choosing Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryan to succeed Governor Haley Barbour, who couldn’t run again because of term limits.
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