Election Night: A Recap

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Okay, by now everyone probably knows all there is to know about last night’s election results, thanks to the tireless journalists who worked ’round the clock to keep us updated. Unlike yours truly, who drank round the clock and woke up with an election hangover that prevented me from doing anything but stare at this picture:

Aside from Obama’s decisive victory, here are few things of interest that happened last night:

1. A slim majority of Puerto Ricans voted to change their ties with the U.S. and become the 51st state in a referendum that will require final approval from Congress. Interestingly, they also ousted their pro-statehood Governor, Luis Fortuño in favor of main challenger Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

2. Texas elected Republican Ted Cruz as its first Latino senator. Cruz will join two fellow Cuban-Americans in the Senate — Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who won a second term, and Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican. This is the first time the United States has had three Latinos in the Senate.

3. Basically every media outlet ever reported that Latinos had a decisive impact on the Presidential race.

4. Maryland voters approved a version of the DREAM Act that allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges.

5. Generally reviled Sheriff Joe Arpaio won reelection in Maricopa County in Arizona.

6. During the election coverage, Bill O’Reilly lamented the fact that “the white establishment is now the minority” and that it is being replaced by blacks, hispanics, and women who “want stuff.” Want stuff like for you to go away O’Reilly. All the way away.