With everything going on during the presidential election last night -- four more years of Obama, legalized marijuana in two states, the first openly gay senator, etc. -- the national media can be excused for ignoring the result of Maine's Senate District 25. But we won't, though, because the winning candidate, Democrat Colleen Lachowicz, is a hardcore World of Warcraft player.
Rather than downplay her hobby, Lachowicz was open about it throughout her campaign, a propensity that provided her opponent with an interesting way of attacking her: "Lachowicz has been living a time-consuming double life as a member of the World of Warcraft community," according Thomas Martin, her GOP opponent.
Interestingly, the gamer community was one of the factors that helped Lachowicz win. After her opponent's political attacks earned attention in the gamer-media-sphere, fellow WoW travelers contributed more than $6,300. That's not Karl Rove SuperPAC cash, but it's serious money in a Maine state senate race where outside groups spent around $184,000 on both sides of the contest.
Lachowicz is also known as Santiaga, is a level 85 Orc Rogue in a World of Warcraft, and she often posts on message boards about politics, gaming and other topics.
In other election news: 2012's turnout of younger voters was actually higher than the historic levels of Obama's original election in 2008. Of all the news out of last night, that, to me, is the most encouraging. No matter who anyone voted for, good job everyone for getting out there and changing history, even though you could have been home playing Halo 4.