The results of candidate contests from Tuesday’s elections clearly favored Republicans. The story from a broad range of ballot measures was more mixed, however, when it comes to determining whether the country is in a more conservative or liberal mood. There were results to please or displease both sides.

Considering policing, Minneapolis voters were given the chance to abolish the city’s police department, replacing it with a new department of public safety that would have used a “comprehensive public health approach.” The ballot measure would also have eliminated the city’s minimum police funding requirement.

Its failure was taken by conservatives that attacking the police was a losing political strategy, even in the city where George Floyd was murdered by an officer last year, triggering a national debate about policing. “Defund the Police is dead,”…

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