Morning Links, Post-Election Edition: So What Happened Last Night?


• As reported last night, Andrew Cuomo is the next governor of New York. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Eric Schneiderman (attorney general), all Democrats, also won their races. Tom DiNapoli, incumbent Democrat comptroller, has declared victory as well, but his opponent, Harry Wilson, has not conceded, citing absentee ballots. NY1 called the race for DiNapoli, 50.1 percent to 46.8 percent with about 94.4 percent of precincts reporting. [NY1]

• Republican Michael Grimm won over incumbent Democrat Michael McMahon in the 13th Congressional District (Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn), but the 12 other New York City members of Congress (all Demos) kept their seats — including Charlie Rangel.

• Most incumbents won in New York City’s State Legislature races.

• A majority of New Yorkers approved term limits.

• Nationally, there’s a lot more red out there. And a lot more Tea Party. Republicans won back the House, gaining 60 seats. Nancy Pelosi is out as Speaker of the House; Ohio’s John Boehner will assume that role in January. President Obama had the unpleasant duty of placing phone calls to some 60 Democrats up for re-election last night…most of whom lost. (The POTUS’s own Senate seat in Illinois was won by a Republican.)

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid managed to hold onto his seat against Republican candidate, Sharron Angle. Democrats have maintained control of the Senate, though Republicans had gained 5 seats as of this a.m. Senate races in Colorado, Washington, and Alaska remain too close to call. [WSJ]

• Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who spent $1 million on her write-in campaign and is, correction, not the candidate backed by Sarah Palin (that’s Joe Miller), seems to have a good chance of becoming the second person to win a Senate spot in such fashion in U.S. history. The first was Strom Thurmond in 1954. It’ll take until mid-late November to declare the winner. [Anchorage Daily News]

• In California, Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer maintained her seat against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina. And Meg Whitman lost after spending $141 (or more) million of her own money in a bid to become governor of the state. Democrat Jerry Brown is in, once California’s youngest governor — now it’s oldest, at 72. [Mercury News]

• Also in California, Jenny Oropeza, who passed away last month, won a Senate seat. There will be a special election to “fix” that. [HuffPo]

• In South Carolina, Tea Party fave Nikki Haley beat state Senator Vincent Sheheen for governor. Which she thanks Sarah Palin for.

Christine O’Donnell lost her bid in Delaware. Her concession speech was…ridiculous. “The Delaware political system will never be the same.” Though that may be true. [Mediaite]

• California’s move to legalize marijuana, a/k/a Proposition 19, failed. Lame. [SignonSanDiego]