Most of the country conducted business as usual on this November Tuesday. Some Americans, though, went back to the polls almost one year after the election that put President Trump in office. As the first of those contests are winding down, it looks like Democrats are regaining some important ground.
“Democrats rode to victory in the hotly contested gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday,” Fox writes, “as Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia and Phil Murphy beat Republican Kim Guadagno in New Jersey.”
The win in Virginia is a big boost for the Democratic party. Internal party politics have been shaken up, yet again, in recent weeks by more revelations about the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign’s funding of the infamous dossier that sought to incriminate then candidate Trump.
Northam, polls suggest, won 53 percent of the vote. While it is hardly a landslide, it is the first big win since Trump’s election. The Democrats lost four special elections in the interim.
“Tonight we proved that we’re stronger when we value and fight for one another,” Northam tweeted Tuesday evening. “Onward to Richmond!”
“Obviously, wish it had gone the other way, but I thank those who voted,” Gillespie said.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, the man at the helm of a the foundering Democratic ship, saw this win as a strong indication of a political shift. Voters in Virginia and New Jersey have “rejected a Trump-Pence agenda,” he said.
Trump claims Gillespie lost because he didn’t make the most of Trump’s own brand of populism.
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” Trump tweeted. “Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”
Virginia has been a vexing state for Republicans of late. Trump couldn’t pull off a win there in 2016.
The race in New Jersey wasn’t as tight. Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno’s loss has been attributed to her connections with Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has seen less-than-favorable approval ratings of late.