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But it wasn't just Ohio. An anti-choice, anti-birth control "personhood" initiative was rejected in Mississippi. Maine voters rejected limits on voter registration -- part of the larger Republican push to limit voting rights in 2012. And the author of Arizona's controversial and trend-setting anti-immigration law looks to have lost a recall election.
What is telling about these numbers was not simply the consistency by which right-wing initiatives and candidates went down but in many cases the margins.
The larger political context remains one in which virtually every political movement and party is unpopular, in the climate of seemingly immovable crisis-level unemployment. But 2012 is looking to be quite different from 2010.