Last night's recall elections, the first two in the history of Colorado, were hugely successful in driving two democratic state senators from office. John Morse and Angela Giron, were both recalled yesterday, in which the nation looked on as a referendum for gun control. Giron's loss was somewhat unexpected, since democrats outnumber republicans in that district, by a whopping 47% to 23%.
Since the recall petitions went out, the elections have been seen of national importance for both sides. Gun control has always been a national issue that have led to certain defeat on election day, but forces within the democratic gun control lobby, insisted that the tide had turned. It was the biggest surprise since the Little Big Horn.
John Morse, who was the president of the Colorado state senate, is an especially bitter pill for gun detractors to take and legislators across the country will have to take notice. Morse was defeated 51% to 49%. Giron lost by a much larger margin, 56% to 44%. Considering she had just won her seat in the last election by a 55% to 45% margin. The recall represented a 22% swing in voting.
The democrats retain a 1 vote advantage in the state senate. Both candidates, showed a large amount of hubris, in declaring that they had done the right thing in passing strict gun laws. Intimating that ideology is more important than representing the people who put you into public office.
Outside money poured in, including $350,000 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. All Colorado state senators will face elections in 2014. The democrats have voted on other legislation, that has been considered bad legislation, decried by republicans and democrats alike, such as a bill demanding more power be derived from alternative sources, sharply increasing the cost of electricity and a bill that would have sent water from the Arkansas River basin to Colorado Springs and Aurora.
John Hickenlooper, also faces reelection in 2014, just as his approval ratings are falling through the floor.