On its face, Tuesday's election was a rout.
Florida Republicans not only managed to get Rick Scott re-elected to the governor's mansion using only $20 million of his own money this time, but they also picked up enough seats in the Florida House to get a super-majority there.
It was a familiar theme in the rest of the country, too, where Republicans gained impressive state and federal government wins in key swing states such as Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin, and gained control of governor's seats in Democratic strongholds such as Massachusetts, Illinois and Maryland.
The people, as they say, have spoken.
But what they were saying was another story -- one that didn't neatly jibe with those they were electing.
Take Scott, for example. He was against raising the minimum wage in Florida, and when asked about it during a debate last month, he imagined that it wasn't government's responsibility to set a minimum wage.
"How would I know?" he answered when asked by CNN's Jake Tapper what it should be. "I mean, the private sector decides wages."
Florida's minimum wage is $7.93, about half of what a living wage is in the state.
Opposition to raising the minimum wage is a common Republican refrain. But on Tuesday, it wasn't a popular sentiment among Republican voters.
In four Republican-controlled states where raising the minimum wage was on the ballot -- Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota -- it passed every time.
Alaska will raise its minimum wage by $2 an-hour to $9.75. The hourly rate in South Dakota and Arkansas will go up to $8.50, while Nebraska's rate will go to $9.
If opposition to raising the minimum wage is a Republican value, it's not valued by Republican voters in some deep-red states.
There are other conflicting messages, too.
The failure to protect Florida's environmental land resulted in a constitutional amendment on the state ballot that took that funding out of the hands of the governor and state legislators.
The voter initiative came about because rather than continue to fund the Florida Forever land acquisition program that was started by Gov. Jeb Bush, Scott and state lawmakers found other uses for nearly all the money in what used to be a $300 million-a-year land preservation program.
Which was fine with this Legislature's developer friends in the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Council of 100.
So environmentalists took the issue straight to the voters Tuesday, asking them to sidestep the state lawmakers by directing a portion of an existing tax to be used for environmental land acquisition and maintenance, creating billions of dollars in guaranteed funding over the next 20 years, money that couldn't be raided by the Republican-led Legislature.
The measure, Amendment 1 on the ballot, passed easily, garnering nearly 75 percent approval from Florida voters.
Voters also rejected the state lawmakers' plan to pack the Florida Supreme Court with conservative judges, which was concealed in another constitutional amendment on the ballot.
And medical marijuana, another idea that Scott and Florida's lawmakers fought, received support from more than half the voters, although not enough to reach the 60 percent threshold for a constitutional amendment.
Or to put it another way, about 523,000 more Floridians voted for marijuana this election than for Scott.
Which made the words of outgoing Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford seem a little too optimistic when he called Tuesday's election "a validation of the policies we've enlisted in the past four years."
It's more accurate to say that Tuesday turned out to be a rout for Republican candidates, but not so much for their ideas.
Frank Cerabino, writes for The Palm Beach Post. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.