Even as Republicans won statewide races to expand their margin of control in the Senate, voters in traditionally conservative states — and some states where Democrats performed statewide, like Michigan — approved ballot initiatives that advanced a progressive agenda: raising the minimum wage, decriminalizing marijuana, expanding ballot access and increasing access to Medicaid. Other than marijuana — and unlike in some previous elections — there were relatively few hot-button social issues on the ballot. Two states, Alabama and West Virginia, passed anti-abortion measures, but one, Oregon, voted it down. A referendum on transgender rights passed in Massachusetts. But pocketbook and voting access issues predominated. Here are some of the significant changes:

Medicaid expansionMarijuanaVoting rightsRedistrictingMinimum wage …

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