Pennsylvania's incumbent governor, Tom Corbett, above left, a friend of the gas and oil industry who has opposed proposals to tax natural gas drilling and who installed climate skeptics to run the state's Department of Environmental Protection, LOST to businessman Tom Wolf, above right.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has avoided any decision on permitting natural gas drilling until after yesterday's election, WON.
New Jersey's Public Question #2, which approves the dedication of a portion of the state's corporate business tax to fund the purchase of properties for open space, farmland preservation, flood protection, recreation and historic site preservation PASSED. Governor Chris Christie, some business organizations, and a lobby for the Koch Brothers had urged a no vote.
Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability, a temporary creation of Mayor Michael Nutter will become a permanent part of city government as a result of an overwhelming 2-1 margin of votes cast by city residents. PASSED
Climate Progress reports today that voters in Denton, Texas banned fracking within the city limits by a large margin of 59 to 41. The first such restriction in energy-giant Texas, Denton has been a hotly contested site for the industry and one of eight locales with fracking bans on the ballot this election.
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