- 2 Republican African Americans elected to the U.S. House
- The first Latino woman governor of any state (Susanna Martinez, New Mexico)
- The first Indian-American woman governor of any state (Nikki Haley, South Carolina)
- A young and rising Republican star in Cuban-American Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Senate
And many other new faces of all backgrounds and races. Too many victories to name them all, but winning Obama's Senate seat in Illinois was also a major coup!
Here in KS, we also made history. We elected a Republican governor and Republican candidates swept all statewide offices (Secretary of State, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and Attorney General). Republicans posted large gains in the statehouse races increasing their numbers by 16 seats, increasing an already large 76-49 seat margin to a blowout 92-33 seat margin, a history-making feat since the last time the GOP held such a super-majority in Topeka was in 1954 when fellow Kansan, Dwight Eisenhower was president! Here in Johnson County, 5 of the 6 incumbent Democratic state legislators were crushed by their Republican opponents, leaving one, lone delegate in the 22-member house delegation from Johnson County.
Our next series of blog postings will analyze some of these local races in greater detail.