|GOP candidate Mia Love was defeated in a hotly contested race in Utah. Congressman Allen West (R-Florida) was defeated in his reelection bid. They represent the rare exception of Black Republicans who garnered attention. Congressman Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) is the sole Black member in the Republican ranks.|
Congressman Allen West (R-Florida) was defeated in a razor thin election against a newcomer Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, a businessman.
The U.S. Senate has achieved a milestone with a high record of women in its ranks but unfortunately no Black members.
The state of Hawaii introduced its first Democratic Asian American/Pacific Islander woman, senator-elect Mazie Hirono. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) beats back former governor Republican Linda Lingle in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.
Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah was handed a defeat as well! The fight in Utah was supposed to be a game changer for the Republicans. This was a close call for the first Black woman in that state's history to run for Congress. She could have beaten Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) in this one.
President Barack Obama, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida), Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada), and Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) survived tough reelection bids.
Elizabeth Warren, Chris Murphy, Tim Kaine, Tammy Baldwin, Heidi Heinkamp, Joe Donnelly, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz, and Angus King, will take the helm of being the newly sworn senators.
So now as Mitt Romney faces the reality of defeat, his former running mate Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will at least keep his political feet in Washington. Ryan won his congressional seat.
Mitt Romney stated he won't run for president anymore!
Republicans have lost out! Hispanics and Blacks turned out strongly this time.
Republicans really need to get its focus on the American voting electorate. They've focused on discouraging the young voters, Black and Hispanic voters from going to the ballot box with intrusive laws like voter identification legislation.
The Republican Party better get with the program. Conservatism has to move into the future or suffer more losses in the 2014 U.S. Midterm elections.
The reason of color shading
Blue - Democrats
Red - Republicans
Green - Independent