Robert Knight

The Tea Party/Christian surge helped the GOP sweep the South, and the gains were so big in the Midwest that one wag called it the “Rust Belt Rout.” Pro-life winners included Pennsylvania’s new senator, Pat Toomey, and the former and now future Indiana Sen. Dan Coats.

The GOP also took a majority of governor’s races and gained control of at least 20 more state assemblies or senates or both. In South Carolina, pro-life Nikki Haley overcame a vicious smear campaign to win. A slew of Democrat legislators in New Hampshire who had voted for same-sex “marriage” went down, and likewise in Maine, where voters elected a pro-life governor, Paul LePage, and gave Republicans control of the state House and Senate.

In Iowa, voters dispatched three of the state Supreme Court justices who had struck down Iowa’s marriage law – Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit. The other four judges were fortunate not to be on the ballot.

In Oklahoma, voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting judges from applying Islamic Shariah law.

Constitutional amendments passed in Arizona and Oklahoma allowing residents to opt out of certain provisions in ObamaCare. Arizona voters also passed, with 60 percent of the vote, an initiative prohibiting racial preferences in the state’s public institutions, including universities.

Four initiatives to legalize marijuana went up in smoke. California’s Prop. 19, which leftwing billionaire George Soros promoted heavily, failed by 54 percent to 44 percent. Initiatives involving legalized medical marijuana also failed in Arizona, South Dakota and Oregon.

Voters rejected 10 of the 13 “Stupak Democrats” who were billed as pro-life but had voted for ObamaCare despite no anti-abortion funding language in the final bill. Five Democrats who pro-lifers called the “flip-flop five,” and who first voted for ObamaCare and then voted “no” the next time were also defeated.

In Pennsylvania, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), who sponsored a House bill overturning the military’s ban on homosexuality, was defeated, as was Rep. Joe Sestak (D), who was running for the U.S. Senate and who had wanted to be the bill’s prime sponsor, according to Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness.

“Both candidates tried to disguise their extreme social liberalism with military uniforms they had previously worn,” Donnelly said.

California remains a liberal bastion, with voters electing Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown as governor, re-electing Sen. Barbara Boxer, and rejecting a measure that would have saved the state from its own idiotic and draconian carbon-curbing (and job killing) law. Elsewhere, Harry Reid and Barney Frank were re-elected, as were some other left-of-Trotsky liberals. But most of the rest of the nation seems to have broken the “progressive” stranglehold.

The frost is on the liberal pumpkin, and it’s likely to get a lot colder.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.