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Election Day 2023: The Takeaways

As 2023 election results were announced, the Ledger staff share the top takeaways.

Democrats had a strong showing last night, as results from the November 2023 election night came pouring in. It surprised no one that New Jersey stayed predominantly blue, with 25 Democrats winning their state senate election and 47 winning for the state assembly, while 15 Republicans won their senate seats and 27 won for state assembly.

Here are some other big takeaways from the election results:


According to NBC, Virginia had a big night with current Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, failing to  turn Virginia into a Republican state, with hopes of bringing more conservative policies in, including a 15-week abortion ban. Democrats won the majority of positions in both the Senate and the House. Youngkin’s failure can be attributed to his Democratic opponent’s spending on “bashing” his campaign, as well as the backlash he received on his view on abortion. 

Kentucky, a state that has seen a lot of close races, re-elected democratic Mayor Andy Beshear with 53% of the votes. According to CBS News, Beshear has made a positive impact on the state through his handling of the COVID pandemic and natural disasters.  In his victory speech, Beshear said, “Tonight, Kentucky made a choice, a choice not to move to the right or to the left, but to move forward for every single family, a choice to reject team R or team D, and to state clearly that we are one team Kentucky.” 

It was also a big night for women. Both Philadelphia and Des Moines elected their first female mayors. According to CBS News, Cherelle Parker is the first female mayor to lead Philadelphia, and she will be the city’s one hundredth mayor. Mainly, Parker plans to focus on police and the law, calling for more police officers on the streets of the city. 


Abortion Rights

In Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia, votes to keep abortion rights won by a substantial amount, according to CBS News. The results of these votes make it clear that abortion rights are still very present in politics and will be an empowering force for the Democratic party going into presidential elections. 


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Gabriella Cusmano
Gabriella Cusmano, Staff Writer
Gabriella Cusmano is a freshman at Lakeland Regional High School. As this is her first year in the journalism field, she is very excited to take on something new. Cusmano loves writing about sports, our community, and the entertainment industry. Outside of school, she enjoys running, watching sports, and hanging out with her friends. Cusmano is interested in the business & marketing field, and hopes to carry out her interests in the future.
Bethany Lamberti
Bethany Lamberti, Staff Writer
Bethany Lamberti is a junior at LRHS. This is her second year writing for the Lancer Ledger, and she's excited to see her writing advance. In her free time, Lamberti enjoys music and spending time with her friends. She's also involved in the cross country and track program here at Lakeland.
Ava Radice
Ava Radice, Staff Writer
Ava Radice is a freshman at Lakeland Regional High School. This is her first year in Journalism 1, and she excited to start writing and become more educated in the field. Radice enjoys writing about topics based on current events, sports, entertainment, and school news. She hopes to continue with the paper throughout her future years at Lakeland to gain new skills and experience with writing for the paper.
Christiana Ranft
Christiana Ranft, Staff Writer
Christiana Ranft is a senior at LRHS and is a writer for the Lancer Ledger in Journalism 1. She enjoys reading and writing, and plans on pursuing an English major. Ranft hopes to expand her writing skills over the course of this class and share stories with the public.
Sean Walker
Sean Walker, Staff Writer
Sean is a senior at LRHS and this is his first year writing for the Lancer Ledger. He is excited to be taking Journalism 1 because it will allow him to write about things he's passionate about, such as sports, history, and entertainment. At LRHS, Walker participates in wrestling, football, and track and field, and is a member of the National Honors Society. Overall, Walker looks forward to strengthening his writing through the field of journalism this year.

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