As I awake this morning, I learned that voters here in the 4th Congressional District have voted 34-year incumbent Democrat Ike Skelton out of office. Vicky Hartzler, whom I had the priviledge of meeting when she launched her campaign back in the summer, won comfortably and will be a reliable, conservative, pro-family vote. Skelton’s downfall: He voted for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.
Good news for Missouri Southern Baptists: Roy Blunt, a member of First Baptist Church, Branson, won Kit Bond’s U.S. Senate seat; Sam Graves, a member of First Baptist Church, Tarkeo, easily won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives and Zel Fischer, also a member of First Tarkeo, was overwhelmingly elected to a 12-year term on the Missouri Supreme Court.
It appears to have been a productive election for pro-life candidates, whose numbers will swell significantly in the next Congress. Some quick facts:
At least five of the six senate seats won by Republicans that were held by Democrats are pro-life. Two more may join them if Rossi and Buck can win out in Washington and Colorado respectively.
The 60-plus seat pickup by the GOP in the House of Representatives is the largest since 1948 and almost all of them are pro-life, pro-family.
Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, Tennessee, Ohio, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and South Carolina all went for pro-life governors, raising the prospects of legislation further restricting abortions in those states.
Few remaining fun, under-reported, if not stunning facts:
The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870.
The Alabama Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876.
The Texas and Tennessee Houses went from virtually tied to overwhelmingly Republican.
The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures have flipped to the GOP by wide margins.
The State Houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana and Colorado have flipped to the GOP
The Maine and Minnesota Senates have flipped to the GOP.
And the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama has been won by a Republican.