Riding a wave of dissatisfaction with Republican congressional scandals, the conduct of the Iraq war, and President Bush, Democrats gained several more than the 15 seats needed to control the U.S. House of Representatives. With each party controlling 49 seats in the Senate, the remaining races in Montana and Virginia appear destined for recounts. Democrats also control a majority of the nation’s governorships for the first time in 12 years.
Notable ballot initiatives that passed were "definition of marriage" amendments in seven of eight states, an anti-affirmative action initiative in Michigan, and the stem-cell initiative in Missouri for which Michael J. Fox had campaigned. Voters in Arizona, the one state to reject the "definition of marriage" amendment, chose to make English the state’s official language and to limit benefits to illegal immigrants. Defeated ballot measures included a sweeping ban on abortions in South Dakota and attempts to legalize marijuana in three states.
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