Voters delivered major defeats to liberal ballot initiatives and liberal office-seekers across the country on Tuesday, making Election Day 2015 a clear win for conservatives.
Gathered below are 11 reasons why voters across the U.S. rejected liberal causes and supported Republican candidates.
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1. Voters are tired of stifling government regulation
— There is perhaps no better indicator of the political winds than the rejection by San Francisco's famously liberal citizens of an economically liberal, big-government ordinance concerning rental properties: Proposition F. Also known as the "Airbnb initiative," the proposed ordinance would have restricted a homeowner's ability to host short-term rentals to 75 nights a year. Current city law already limits unhosted rentals to 90 days a year, and voters were clearly reluctant to heap more regulation on an already burdensome government framework.
2. Voters still disapprove of Obama's performance
— Matt Bevin, the Republican nominee in the Kentucky governor's race, won handily by running ads that associated his opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, with President Barack Obama. "One Republican close to the Kentucky gubernatorial race said that polling done in the final days put Obama's unpopularity at 70 percent. So, when the RGA returned to Kentucky for the final two weeks with $1 million worth of ads, you can guess who was prominently featured," reported The Washington Post
3. Voters dislike Dems, want to continue the Republican wave
— The midterm elections of 2014 saw the Republicans take control of a majority of state legislative chambers, as well as a great many governorships. That wave continued on Tuesday. Matt Bevin became only the second Republican governor of Kentucky in four decades, and Virginia’s state Senate remained Republican by not losing a single seat. Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe only needed to pick up a single seat to put his party back in power, but instead, "the outcome was a blunt rebuke to McAuliffe," reported The Washington Post
4. Voters still reject the Obamacare disaster
— As Mother Jones points out, Republican
Matt Bevin promised to eliminate Kentucky's Obamacare program, Kynect, and won the governorship handily on Tuesday.
5. Voters support Kim Davis, are concerned about religious liberty
— Republican Matt Bevin won the Kentucky governorship in part by publicly defending Kim Davis, the county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing her religious beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
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6. Voters are cautious on transgender rights
— In Texas, Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance was defeated 61 to 39 percent, with many citing concerns that it would allow biological men who identify or dress as women to enter women’s bathrooms, according to Quartz.com
. Critics also said parts of the law were redundant, and would infringe on religious liberty.
7. Voters are cautious on pot
— Ohio’s marijuana legalization effort was defeated by a two-to-one margin. Unlike many states that legalized medical marijuana first, Ohio petitioners tried to legalize both recreational and medical marijuana at one fell swoop.
8. Voters dislike corruption, state-sponsored monopolies
— Ohio’s marijuana legalization effort was confusing for many, as it would not only have legalized the drug, it would have also granted just 10 farms the ability to grow it commercially. Those farms were owned by the same investors sponsoring the legislation, and state law makers soon introduced a counter measure that barred state-granted monopolies. That legislation, known as Issue 2, passed on Tuesday.
9. Voters know minimum wage laws kill jobs
— Portland, Maine’s proposal to set minimum wage at $15 per hour failed at the voting booth on Tuesday. After Seattle passed similar legislation last year, job losses began mounting.
10. Voters know "Sanctuary Cities" breed crime
— San Francisco Sheriff Mirkarimi was voted out of office on Tuesday. According to Fox News, "Mirkarimi
was the subject of national criticism after Mexican illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez allegedly shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle on San Francisco's waterfront July 1. Sanchez had been released from Mirkarimi's jail in March even though federal immigration officials had requested he be detained for possible deportation."
11. Voters are tired of throwing money at failing schools
— "Mississippi voters rejected any change to the state constitution to bolster public school funding, defeating Initiative 42 on Tuesday," The Associated Press reported
. "The defeat ended years of work to support a plan to guarantee an 'adequate and efficient system of public schools in Mississippi,' as voters sided with Republican leaders who opposed judicial oversight of legislative spending decisions."
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