Update: Key takeaways from Tuesday’s elections

November 8, 2023

Americans throughout the country went to the polls Tuesday, and many of the outcomes will impact the government marketplace over the next decade or two. While there are numerous social impact issues on ballots and propositions of all kinds, newly elected officials will likely have the greatest impact on the government marketplace.

  • Voters in Kentucky re-elected Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, who had been challenged by Daniel Cameron, the current Republican state attorney general.
  • In Mississippi, incumbent Republican Gov. Tate Reeves defeated Brandon Presley, a Democrat. Presley is a former small-town mayor and current utility regulator in northern Mississippi. He is also a second cousin of Elvis Presley.
  • Ohio voters passed a measure to amend the state constitution to create a right to abortion. Ohio is a critical swing state for elections in 2024, and the result of this vote will have political consequences that reach far beyond the Buckeye State.
  • In Pennsylvania, Democrat Daniel McCaffery defeated Republican Carolyn Carluccio to win an open spot on the state Supreme Court. Pennsylvania is also a swing state in 2024, and this result will have significant impact on abortion rights in the state and beyond.
  • Virginia Democrats maintained control of the Senate and flipped the House of Delegates. The outcome will be seen as an indication of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s chances for re-election next year. The state has been trending blue, and Tuesday’s results indicate a lack of support for Youngkin’s agenda.
  • In New Jersey, Democrat John Burzichelli defeated Ed Durr, a Republican, a former truck driver who defeated the powerful state senate president in 2021.

Mary Scott Nabers

Mary is President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), a business development/public affairs firm that specializes in procurement consulting, market research, government affairs, knowledge transfer and public-private partnerships (P3s). Mary is also co-founder of the Gemini Global Group (G3), a firm that works with national and international clients on business development, P3s, and other types of government objectives.

A recognized expert regarding P3s, Mary is the author of Collaboration Nation – How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government and Inside the Infrastructure Revolution – A Roadmap for Rebuilding America.

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