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Election 2008 Results  
CFC

U.S. President:

Barack Obama - 53% - 64,449,780

John McCain - 47% - 56,753,923

Analysis:

Although Senator Barack Obama won the presidency, it was clearly not a mandate of the American people.  In fact, nearly one-half (47%) of American voters cast a ballot for a candidate for U.S. President, other than Senator Barack Obama.  This is important to note because it points to the fact that at least half the country will be closely monitoring and, in many cases, raising their numerous voices in opposition to the changes coming from the new White House.

U.S. Senate:

Democrats - 57    Republicans - 40

Analysis:

Of the thirty-five (35) U.S. Senate seats up for election across the country, eighteen (18) seats went to the Democrats, fourteen (14) seats went to the Republicans, and three (3) seats are still undecided as of this writing.  They are:  Alaska, Georgia and Minnesota; however, in all three (3) races, Republicans Ted Stevens, Saxby Chambliss, and Norm Coleman are leading, respectively. 

Out of eleven (11) Senate "True Bluers" who voted pro-family 100% of the time on family issues, just two (2) lost-Sens. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) and John Sununu (R-N.H.).  It now appears that Democrats will NOT reach a filibuster-proof majority of sixty (60) seats.  This means the minority party, in this case, the Republicans will be able to filibuster any and all measures deemed too extreme or harmful to the American people, providing a semblance of balance of power.

U.S. House of Representatives:

Democrats - 259    Republicans - 176

Analysis:

All four-hundred and thirty-five seats were up for election in the U.S. House, Democrats picked up two-hundred fifty-nine (259) seats while one-hundred seventy-six (176) went to Republicans.  Out of 104 pro-family stalwarts, who voted pro-family 100% of the time on family issues, just seven lost-Reps. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.), Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Thelma Drake (R-Va.), Ric Keller (R-Fla.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Bill Sali (R-Idaho). As of this writing, eight (8) seats are still undecided.

Governor:

Democrats - 29    Republicans - 21

Analysis:

Five (5) states held gubernatorial elections on Tuesday: Washington, North Carolina, Vermont, Utah and Montana.  The Democratic incumbent governors of Washington and Montana easily won re-election, while the Republican governors of Vermont and Utah, also won re-election.  Democrats picked up the only open seat for governor in North Carolina.

Ballot Measures:

Marriage:

Arizona Proposition 102 - Yes - 56% - No - 44%

California Proposition 8 - Yes - 52% - No - 48%

Florida Amendment 2 - Yes - 62% - No - 38%

Analysis:

In Florida, where conservatives faced the steepest climb, voters surpassed the 60% majority they needed, crossing every racial, age, party, and religious line in the process.  Seventy-one percent of African-Americans and 68% of Hispanics, raised their flags high in support of traditional marriage.

And they were not alone.  These same trends continued in Arizona, where marriage was finally enshrined in the state's constitution with 57% of the vote.  But it was California, which Obama carried 61% to 36%, that held off the state's wealthy liberal foes in the most expensive social issues campaign in U.S. history to preserve marriage for the entire country. By 52% to 48%, they vowed that it would be the people of California - not its radical courts - who would ultimately define marriage. 

Fifty-six percent of Arkansas voters, however, did manage to safeguard the welfare of children by passing a ban on all unmarried couple (homosexual and heterosexual) adoptions.

A Closing Word

Senator Obama is now President-elect Obama.  It is clear from the results of the ballot initiatives that he has no mandate to advance a radical social agenda that would overturn man-woman marriage.  His stated position on marriage is not where the American people stand on these issues.  While we congratulate him, the Christian Family Coalition will be watching for radical proposals that will be coming from the new White House.
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