Republicans were given a rude awakening at the polls when many amendments became law voted in by Republican legislators. Republican Governors in Ohio and Wisconsin were defeated at the polls.
Laws and amendments put in place by Republicans to limit the power of Labor Unions were struck down in Ohio and in Wisconsin. In Mississippi the person hood law declaring a fertilized egg was human was struck down by voters, largely because of tremendous legal ramifications the law was sure to affect.
Across the country Republicans were unseated in many local elections. Although not overwhelming, it will cause the remaining Republicans to realize they do not have a mandate and they be well served to work closely with Democrats.