Thursday, November 08, 2012

Other Election Results of Interest

In Tuesday's election, former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore won in his quest to again hold that office.  Moore captured 52% of the vote. (Results). As reported by AL.com, Moore, a Republican, defeated his Democratic challenger, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance.  When Moore previously served as chief justice, he was removed from office for refusing to comply with a federal court order to dismantle a 5,200 pound granite Ten Commandments monument in the lobby of the state judicial building.

Iowans voted Tuesday to retain state Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins on the court. Opponents of same-sex marriage had urged a vote against retention because Wiggins was one of the 7 justices who voted in 2009 to invalidate the state's law that had barred recognition of same-sex marriages. Wiggins received a 54.6% vote in favor of retention. (Results.) Three other of justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriage in the 2009 case lost their bid for retention in the 2010 election. (Des Moines Register).

Tulsi Gabbard, who won the race for U.S. House of Representatives in Hawaii's 2nd Congressional district on Tuesday, becomes the first Hindu member of the U.S. Congress. (IndiaWest).

Mazie Hirono, currently representing Hawaii's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, won her bid for election from Hawaii to the U.S. Senate. She becomes the first Buddhist member of the U.S. Senate. (Wall Street Journal).

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