5 Things You Should Know About the Elections!
A few things you might have missed about the 2010 campaign.
Who’s winning on Facebook?
A Facebook survey showed that in the past week, Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful in New York, added 18,000 followers, while Meg Whitman, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in California, added 11,000. Whitman’s sharp increase in followers came as a surprise because of the close race she’s in with former California Governor Jerry Brown (he only got 3,000 new fans last week.) Facebook itself has a page that provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. elections. Check out www.facebook.com/uspolitics.
Women vs. women: It’s a good thing
No matter which party wins in the Oklahoma and New Mexico gubernatorial races, there will be a woman in each state’s number-one post next year. In New Mexico, Republican prosecutor Susana Martinez is running against Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish; the two are sharply divided on issues like abortion and domestic rights for same-sex partners. Over in Oklahoma, Republican Rep. Mary Fallin, a self-described Christian conservative, is running against Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, who’s been described by the opposition as “too liberal for Oklahoma.” This is the first time Oklahoma and New Mexico will have a female governor.
Earlier this year, Arizona came under national scrutiny for enacting the nation’s toughest law against illegal immigrants. SB1070 prompted a furious national debate, with one side saying the measure would lead to racial profiling and the other saying that some drastic action needed to be taken about border security. The law remains in limbo while the federal government is battling it in court, but Arizona residents have other choices to make this November: there are ballots to make hunting, fishing and “harvesting wildlife” a “constitutional right,” and to approve the medical use of marijuana. Whether they’ll be approved is anyone’s guess, but one thing is pretty certain: Republican Jan Brewer, the incumbent governor who signed SB1070 into law, is going to win the election.