Following her election last night, the national press pointed out that New Mexico’s Susana Martinez became the first female governor of Hispanic heritage.
What was mentioned only in passing was that Dona Ana County Prosecutor Martinez was a stalwart conservative on issues ranging from abortion to illegal immigration. Martinez, in fact, made it clear she supported the tough new law in Arizona dealing with illegal immigration and that she would back a similar measure in the Land of Enchantment.
In one of two races for governor in which both major party candidates were women, Republican Martinez defeated Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, daughter of 1972 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Daniels. In the other race with two female candidates, Republican Rep. Mary Fallin was elected governor of Oklahoma.
Haley’s Comet Soars
Perhaps the most-watched candidate for governor anywhere made good on predictions. State Rep. Nikki Haley, conservative Republican and reformer, has just become only the second Indian-American governor in history. Haley, who beat four political veterans for nomination, defeated State Sen. Vincent Sheehan to win election as governor of South Carolina.
Adding to Haley’s nomination was the election of another conservative with a beloved name: Alan Wilson, former prosecutor and son of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who won the office of state attorney general of South Carolina in a landslide.
Michigan: Biggest Surge Since Mitt’s Dad!
Not since George Romney, father of Mitt Romney, won the first governor of Michigan to win a four-year term back in 1966 have Water Wonderland GOPers had such a sweep as they did tonight.
Millionaire businessman Rich Snyder has just won a landslide election as governor over Lansing Mayor and liberal Democrat Virg Bernero. “Snyder the Outsider” will succeed Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who was termed out after eight years.
Along with Snyder, Republicans won all statewide offices—lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state—and control of the seven-judge Supreme Court. Signs were also strong that Republicans would retain control of the state senate and pick up control of the state House of Representatives.