Retired Bath Township Police Det. Howard "Cowboy" Wooldrige waits for election results to come in for Proposal 18-1 during the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol public watch party at The Radisson in Lansing, Mich., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Many red state voters embrace liberal-backed ballot measures

November 07, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Even in deep-red states, voters embraced an array of liberal-backed ballot measures in Tuesday's election.

They expanded Medicaid, targeted gerrymandering, boosted minimum wages and legalized marijuana use.

The results heartened left-of-center activists, who see a path going forward for circumventing Republican-controlled legislatures.

With the new Congress deeply split along partisan lines, the outcome ensured that the states will serve as pivotal battlegrounds for social issues heading toward the next election in 2020.