Arkansas, North Carolina, & Florida

Arkansas: GOP, minimum wage win. With the victory of challenger Tom Cotton’s (R) victory over US Sen. Mark Pryor (D), the Razorback State will now have two Republican US Senators for the first time in its history. Voters also elected a Republican governor. But populism lives! Voters, by a two-to-one margin, also approved a constitutional amendment increasing the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

North Carolina: Racial ratios stayed mostly the same. About 75% of the Tar Heel voters in this election were white to 21% who were black, according to exit polls, about the same as four years ago. Latinos were 2%, a decrease from 2010. In addition, the share of young voters declined, while old voters’ share increased.

Florida: GOP early voting declined, but… Republicans did not vote early as heavily as they have in past elections, but Gov. Rick Scott (R) was still reelected, though narrowly. Democrats gained a congressional seat in the 2nd District, where Gwen Graham (D), daughter of former Gov./US Sen. Bob Graham (D), defeated US Rep. Steve Southerland (R). The GOP, however, offset that with the victory of Carlos Curbelo (R) over Joe Garcia (D) in the 26thDistrict (Miami).