The 2016 Election is not just about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as politicians like Tammy Duckworth and Marco Rubio are in some tight races! Plus, legalized marijuana and gun control are up for a vote, so get to know some of the biggest issues on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Better start calling her Senator Duckworth.
Tammy Duckworth, 48, is poised to have the best revenge on her political opponent. Sen. Mark Kirk, 57. The race for Mark’s seat got national coverage after he mocked Tammy’s heritage (which was even more rude considering she’s an Army veteran who lost her legs in the Iraq war.) As of Nov. 7, she’s leading in the polls, 50.3% to 38.5%, per Huffington Post, so better get ready to add “U.S. Senator” to her resume.
America could get its first ever openly LGBT governor
Kate Brown, 56, was named Oregon’s governor after John Kitzhaber, 69, resigned following a corruption scandal. She’s now running for the first time, and as an openly bisexual woman, she’s could become the first LGBT person sent to a Governor’s mansion in US History, per Politico.
The U.S. may get its first Latina senator.
Loretta Sanchez, 56, is running up against Kamala Harris, 52, a fellow Democratic, for the Senate seat vacated by outgoing Barbara Boxer, 75. While Loretta is trailing by double digits, the outlook is better for Catherine Cortez Masto, 52, in Nevada. She’s looking to replace the retiring Harry Reid, 76, and she has a slight edge over Republican challenger, Joe Heck, 55.
The Return of Marco Rubio.
Despite getting trounced by Donald Trump, 70, in the Republican Primary, Marco Rubio, 45, may be on the rebound. Though Marco initially said he wasn’t going to run for re-election, Republicans convinced him to not give up his Senate seat. Experts have him winning the tight race over Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, 33, which could prevent the Dems from taking control of the Senate.
Marijuana is high on the ballot for a number of states.
Pot smokers have gotten political this election cycle, as the 2016 election will see numerous states vote on whether or not to make cannabis legal in one form or another. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota will vote on making medical marijuana legal. Meanwhile, Nevada, Arizona, California, Maine and Massachusetts could join Washington and Colorado as states where recreational marijuana is legal.
Forget Congress’s inaction – states might impose gun control.
When both Democratic and Republican-backed gun control failed to get passed in Congress, voters decided to take the measure into their own hands. Maine and Nevada might become the ninth and 10th states to require point-of-sale background checks for all classes of firearms, while California may become another state requiring background checks on purchasing ammo.
A Republican In Democratic Disguise
The Democrats are looking to regain the House of Representatives but they better not expect Art Halvorson to vote along with them if he wins Pennsylvania’s Ninth congressional district. During the Republican primary, Art – a “conservative Christian, Tea Party-backed Republican” – lost to incumbent Bill Shuster. Yet, angry voters — who are sick of the Shusters owning that seat — wrote in Art’s name on the Democratic side, according to The New York Times. He somehow became the Democratic nominee in this race, and might be the most conservative Dem ever (if elected.)
What do you think about all these other ballot initiatives and races, HollywoodLifers? Are you excited to vote?