What were some of the other key results from Election Night?
All eyes were turned towards the presidential election Tuesday, but key ballot measures -- including the legalization of gay marriage and marijuana -- were also decided upon in individual states.
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Some interesting points.
Puerto Rico voted to become the 51st state.
A majority of Puerto Ricans (about 54 percent) supported changing the island's relationship with the United States, with 61 percent of those saying they favored making it the 51st U.S. state.(Those numbers are as of Wednesday morning, when 97 percent of precincts had reported, according to CBS News.) The measure is a non-binding referendum that will require approval from Congress in order to pass.
Can controversial comments lose elections?
Republican Todd Akin, whose comments about "legitimate rape" sparked controversy this election season, lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri to Democrat Claire McCaskill. Akin was considered a front-runner in Missouri, a traditionally conservative state that went red in the presidential election, but it seems his comments may have cost him the campaign. Likewise, in Indiana, Republican Richard Mourdock, who described pregnancies resulting from rape as "something that God intended," lost his Senate race to Democrat Joe Donnelly, allowing Democrats to pick up an extra seat in the Senate.
Wisconsin elects first openly gay senator.
Democrat Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate, thanks to voters in Wisconsin -- which, despite being the home state of Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, went blue in the presidential election.(She's also the first female Senator from the state.) But Baldwin apparently has more things on her mind than her gender and sexuality. "I'm well aware that I will have the honor to be the first woman Senator from Wisconsin. And I'm well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate," she said in a series of tweets Tuesday night. "I didn't run to make history. I ran to make a difference."
Elizabeth Warren becomes first female senator from Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor who gained national recognition after speaking at the Democratic National Convention this summer, defeated Republican incumbent Scott Brown to recapture for Democrats the Massachusetts Senate seat that was held for more than 40 years by the late Edward Kennedy. Brown will also be the first woman to ever represent the Bay State in the U.S. Senate.
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