In a mid-term electoral rout, Republicans easily wrested control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats, Tuesday night. G.O.P. candidates also increased their majority in the House adding at least 10 seats and won a plurality of gubernatorial races including the surprise ouster of Illinois Democrat Pat Quinn.

 

In keeping with historical trends and driven by an anti-Washington, anti-gridlock mood, voters turned against the second term Obama White House and Democrats sweeping many incumbents out of office.

 

In Missouri, Republicans grew their veto-proof super majorities in both houses of the Missouri General Assembly as voters amended the state’spromo constitution to limit the governor’s budget authority.

 

“The results are frustrating,” said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization. “It is unlikely anything remotely progressive sees any advancement in Missouri. While we will likely see marriage progress through the judicial branch, we must be on our guard against broad religious exemptions, the anticipated way in which the Evangelical right attempts to push back against the progress of marriage and nondiscrimination protections. In short, hold tight, this is going to be a bumpy two years.”

 

While the political climate did not change in the Show Me State, PROMO PAC’s slate of endorsed equality candidates fared well netting 30 victories out of 36 races, including a Democratic pickup in the Missouri state Senate with the victory of State. Rep. Jill Schupp in the 24th District.

 

Openly gay state Rep. Mike Colona, the lone member of the Missouri LGBT Caucus in Jefferson City, easily coasted to victory in his last race before being term limited.

 

“There is a lot to ponder as we look to the 2015 session after seeing so many losses,” Bockelman posted on Facebook. “Tonight I will hold tight to the knowledge Jill Schupp will be in the [state] Senate and Tracy McCreery will be in the [state] House. I’ll just put it out there as one of the so few bright spots tonight.”

 Equality-Illinois

Across the river in Illinois, conservative billionaire Bruce Rauner will be moving into the governor’s mansion early next year. Other notable G.O.P. pickups included Republican state Rep. Mike Bost defeating first-term U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart in the Metro East’s heavily Democratic 12th District.

 

Equality Illinois, the state’s leading advocate for LGBT Illinoisans, said Wednesday there were significant successes in Tuesday’s election balloting.

 

“No candidate lost because of a vote for marriage equality or their support for LGBT Illinoisans, and all three openly LGBT legislators were re-elected, as well as pro-equality U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. “This is a reflection of the general support among the electorate for LGBT equality issues.”

 

“At a minimum, all statewide officeholders in Illinois below governor and lieutenant governor support the freedom to marry and LGBT Illinoisans. That includes Sen. Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, re-elected Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, re-elected Secretary of State Jesse White, re-elected Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, and Mike Frerichs or Tom Cross, whichever should win for Treasurer,” he said.

 

In the Illinois legislature, Equality Illinois-endorsed candidates won all but one of the top-tier races for the organization, including re-elections of out state Representatives Sam Yingling, Greg Harris and Kelly Cassidy. Democrats also retained veto-proof majorities in both chambers.

 

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