OAN’s Sam Valk
10:49 AM – Tuesday, November 7, 2023
It’s Election Day in the United States and citizens in multiple states will be voting on their governors, Supreme Courts, legislatures and referenda.
As Fall brings crisp temperatures and the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaches, that means its time for the annual ritual for many American citizens to vote for new leaders and laws.
Tuesday’s election will feature gubernatorial races in Kentucky and Mississippi, legislative races in Virginia and New Jersey, a Supreme Court election in Pennsylvania and two referenda in Ohio.
In Mississippi, incumbent Republican Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) is running against Democrat Brandon Presley (D-Miss.) to be the governor of the Magnolia State for the next four years.
In Kentucky, incumbent Democrat Andy Beshear (D-Ky.) is hoping to follow in his father Steve Beshear’s footsteps and win re-election against Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
Cameron has run his campaign on the premise that Beshear is pro-crime and is too supportive of Joe Biden.
“I think it’s about crazy versus normal,” he said. “And I think it’s crazy to have a governor that endorses Joe Biden, doesn’t protect women’s sports from biological males, puts criminals on the street, vetoes tax cuts, shuts down your small businesses, our schools and shuts down your churches.”
In New Jersey, Republicans are hoping to pick up either one of the state legislative chambers. They also need six for the State Senate and seven in order for the State House to flip to them for the first time since 2002.
Virginia is even tighter in its legislature, with Republicans holding a majority of two in the House of Delegates, while Democrats hold a majority of one in the State Senate.
Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.) is hoping to flip the Senate and take unified control of the state government to enact his agenda without obstruction by Democrats.
“What we’re hearing from Virginians is nearly 70% have responded that they would support a bill to protect life at 15 weeks, with full expectations, where a baby can feel pain.,” Youngkin said. “And I think this a reasonable place for us to land. What’s on the ballot, I think, is a choice between no limits and reasonable limits.”
In Pennsylvania, abortions and the 2024 election have consumed the campaign for the State Supreme Court justices.
Republican Carolyn Carluccio (R-Pa.) has said she wants to enforce the law as it is written and has said that the court rulings on allowing mail-in ballots have been conflicting and unclear.
Democrat Daniel McCaffery (D-Pa.) said he will interpret the state constitution as a “living constitution” and has said that challenges to lose voting laws are challenged to voting rights.
If Republicans win the seat, that will put them in a one seat minority, giving them the chance to flip the court’s balance in 2025.
Ohio Buckeye’s will be going to the polls to decide on the legality of abortion and cannabis.
Issue 1 seeks to legalize abortion up to the point of visibility outside the womb. It also aims to make it a constitutional right on the same standards as Roe v Wade.
Meanwhile, Issue 2 seeks to legalize recreational cannabis use in the state. Proponents hope they can become the 24th state nationwide to legalize the drug.
Counting for all of these races will being at 6pm ET , when the first polls close in Kentucky.
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