The Download | November 7th: Election night wins and losses + Florida approves Amendment 4
Your daily 60-second news recap.
We faced big wins and losses on election night.
Mayor Andrew Gillum, delivered an emotional promise to his supporters after conceding to his opponent, Ron DeSantis and reminded Floridians that he isn’t going anywhere and the fight continues.
Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, and Brian Kemp are still in a tight race. Polls have Kemp leading 51 to 48 percent but abrams vowed to keep fighting.
In Florida, more than 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people got their right to vote back. One estimate says this impacts 40 percent of Black men across the state.
2016 disenfranchisement estimates from Sentencing Project suggest ~380,000 black men in FL – nearly 40% were disenfranchised. And this is a *conservative* estimate. More recent scholarship suggests it’s closer to 550,000 – half of all black men in FL: https://t.co/3ea8giwgMc https://t.co/bcxcTwMEuE
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) November 7, 2018
Women of color won big in races across the country! Ilhan Omar is the first Muslim woman elected to Congress and Ayanna Pressley is the first Black congresswoman in Massachusetts. Former national teacher of the year Jahana Hayes became the first Black women from Connecticut elected to the U.S. House.
Congratulations to these trailblazers!