Election Winners and LosersRandy Shawbyline‚ Nov. 08‚ 2012
Democrats won big this week, with progressives gleeful over the Senate victories of Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin. Three core Democratic constituencies particularly have much to cheer: Latinos, who are finally being recognized for changing the course of U.S. elections, labor unions, whose grassroots mobilizing made the difference in key states, and womenís health activists, who won the Presidentís loyalty and kept the GOP on the defensive throughout the campaign. Progressives made great gains in California, as the Governor Brown-labor alliance won Prop 30, defeated Prop 32, and helped Democrats win 2/3 control of the legislature. In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Eric Mar were big winners, while the left crack-up in D5 brought progressive sectarianism yet another defeat.