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Senate Wins and ALEC Defeats Highlight State Races

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Here’s a look at a number of other key working-family races and ballot issues from yesterday’s elections.

In several U.S. Senate races where Republican, corporate and super PAC cash looked like it would make the difference, union members’ get-out-the-vote activism and votes helped push working-family candidates to victory. Democrats now have 55 senate seats. Elizabeth Warren defeated Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Tim Kaine beat George Allen in Virginia. Rep. Tammy Baldwin overcame Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, Sen. Jon Tester defeated challenger Rep. Denny Rehberg in Montana and Sen. Sherrod Brown won over Josh Mandel in Ohio. Other Senate wins include Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). 

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Trumka Says America's Workers Rejected a Vision for the Country That Attacks Working Families

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the key message of the 2012 elections is that working people have rejected the vision for the United States championed by the opponents of working families. The union movement’s unprecedented efforts to reach out to working families was decisive in the presidential election and down the ballot.

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How the Latino Vote Tipped the Scales in Favor of President Obama

Immigration was a major issue for Latino voters when they cast ballots to choose the next president of the United States. America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF), an organization that advocates for aspiring citizens, said in a statement that the unprecedented Latino turnout levels and historic levels of support for Democratic candidates helped President Obama win re-election and kept the Senate a Democratic majority. 

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Get Inspired: Read Statements from Across Our Movement on Obama Victory

AFGE President J. David Cox helps get out the vote. AFGE photo.

Here’s a roundup of reactions to last night’s election victory by President Obama and other working family candidates from national and state union leaders.

AFT President Randi Weingarten:

The American people voted today to create opportunity and shared prosperity by sharing responsibility, and to reject the cynical "you’re on your own" philosophy.

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California Working Families Beat Koch-Backed Prop. 32

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For the third time in the past 14 years, California voters rejected an attempt—fueled by millions of out-of-state dollars—to shut working people out of the political process when they soundly defeated Proposition 32. California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski said working families:

Rejected a blatant power play by corporate special interests to silence the voice of working people. Despite weeks of misleading advertisements backing Prop. 32 paid for by billionaires and out-of-state super PACs, the margin of defeat was decisive. Prop. 32 backers spent more than $50 million in an effort to fool voters.

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We Have Eight Weeks to Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Protect Our Future

As working families all over the country celebrated President Obama's re-election last night, we also began mobilizing to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts.

Sign the petition: www.aflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture.

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Trumka: Obama Win Moves Nation on 'Path of Sanity and Shared Prosperity'

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Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

Last night, working families across the country celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden—and breathed a sigh of relief that our country will move forward on the path of sanity and shared prosperity. Nothing about the last four years has been easy, from the Great Recession to Hurricane Sandy, from unrelenting partisan obstruction by Republicans to the greatest onslaught of negative ads ever unleashed against an American president.

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