Obama Congratulates Democrats After Crucial Midterm Victories

“The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like America.”

Paul E Boucher/ZUMA

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.

On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama congratulated Democrats on securing crucial victories in Tuesday’s midterms, both in the House of Representatives and in statewide elections, while noting the historic wave of women and minority candidates who won office.

“The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like America,” Obama said in a statement.

“I also want to congratulate voters across the country for turning out in record numbers, and for voting for several ballot initiatives that will improve the lives of the American people—like raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, and strengthening voting rights,” he continued.

In the lead up to Tuesday, the former president had largely framed the midterm elections as a referendum on the country’s character, one that he urged didn’t have to be defined by the falsehoods and fear-mongering tactics deployed by his successor. “When people lie with abandonment, democracy doesn’t work,” Obama told a crowd of supporters last week.

His statement Wednesday concluded with a message noting the work that lay ahead for Democrats, and the opportunity future elections provide for voters to continue defining the country’s integrity. 

“The change we need won’t come from one election alone—but it’s a start. Last night, voters across the country started it. And I’m hopeful going forward, we’ll begin a return to the values we expect in our public life—honesty, decency, compromise, and standing up for one another as Americans, not separated by our differences, but bound together by one common thread.”

Listen to our journalists explain all the twists and turns of Election Day, and what comes next for America, on this special episode of the Mother Jones Podcast:

THE END...

of our annual funding cycle is fast approaching, on June 30, and we have a considerable $230,000-plus gap in our online fundraising budget.

If you value the nonprofit journalism you get from Mother Jones, and you can, right now is an important time to help us keep charging hard with a much-needed and much-appreciated donation.

payment methods

THE END...

of our annual funding cycle is fast approaching, on June 30, and we have a considerable $230,000-plus gap in our online fundraising budget.

If you value the nonprofit journalism you get from Mother Jones, and you can, right now is an important time to help us keep charging hard with a much-needed and much-appreciated donation.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate