The big winner on election night? Drugs

With any luck, we’ve all come to terms with the fact that we won’t know the winner of the presidential election tonight, no matter how late we stay up. It will most likely be sometime later this week at best before it’s official.

But election night has brought several answers:

In Senate races: On a state level in Delaware, Sarah McBride became the highest-ranking openly transgender state legislator. And in Colorado, John Hickenlooper flipped the U.S. Senate seat for the state.

There have also been significant ballot initiatives that have passed, including Florida’s vote to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour (over the next six years . . . it will only go up from $8.56 an hour to $10 an hour in September 2021 and up a dollar each year following).

Among closely watched referendums, California’s Proposition 22—which would let app-based transportation companies, such as Uber and Lyft, continue to hire drivers as contractors rather than force them to comply with a state bill classifying them as employees—had not been decided. But The Washington Post was projecting that it would pass.


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