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Big Lessons Learned from Virginia, New Jersey Governor's Races

08 Noviembre 2017, 05:48 | Crisanna Felipe

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam at a canvas kickoff event in Sterling over the weekend. Credit AP

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam at a canvas kickoff event in Sterling over the weekend

"Because of his character and record as a gun safety advocate, and because he made his commitment to fighting gun violence a central part of his campaign". But he made clear on Tuesday that he was watching. "The Democrats are back", crowed Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chair, whose own job had been rumored to be at risk if Northam had lost. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and John McCain have grown increasingly voluble in blasting the president and questioning his agenda. Both governors' races were rife with incendiary ads hitting on cultural issues and crime. But other than that, it was a wipeout. A third of voters said their vote in the race was meant to send a message of opposition to Trump - twice as many as said it was a message of support.

Former President Barack Obama is congratulating the two Democrats who won gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey. Meanwhile, Democrats continued their slide in rural, Western Virginia. The first woman mayor of Manchester. That is more than a stretch: it is flatly contradicted by some of the data. Ravi Bhalla, a Indian-born city councilman, faced racist attacks, including a poster that stirred statewide controversy.

"The correct interpretation for the tax bill is 'stay away, it may annihilate us, ' " said Mark Mellman, a top Democratic pollster.

Voters also supported Medicaid expansion by referendum in Maine, doing an end-run around Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto.

Tuesday's election verdict won't discourage other Republicans inclined to follow their lead. Trump had carried both districts in November, and Republicans mounted solid contenders for the seats.

In Virginia's closely watched contest, Democratic lieutenant governor Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie. Ed Gillespie ran on a platform of hate, and Virginia voters rejected it emphatically. Charlottesville saw a 31 percent increase in turnout.

"This is the first fair fight we've had". It makes it harder to get anything done in the course of this. "This was the most extensive, coordinated ground game in Virginia history, more extensive than any presidential". We supported Governor-elect Northam for the same reason Virginia did.

On Tuesday night, the bottom fell out.

"This is a great night for our country", he tweeted, adding: "Historic and decisive wins in Georgia tonight".

New Jersey also elected longtime assembly member Sheila Oliver as lieutenant governor, which will make her the first black woman to hold the position.

No, Democrats don't need to have a progressive, Bernie-anointed candidate to win. But some analysts said the results suggest a Democratic wave might be on the horizon. And Republicans overall are well behind in the generic congressional ballot, trailing Democrats by 10 points.

The United States held its first national election day of the President Trump era on Tuesday, giving Americans a chance to see how the political reality has shifted in the last year. One of thebig stories ofthe nightisthatDemocratsareoneseat shy oftaking back the statelegislature in Virginia. They now travel often to Richmond and throughout the state of Virginia. Northam listened to the educators there, getting their points of view on the challenges of reaching young learners. And that environment is dangerous. "Trumpism without Trump can show the way forward", Steve Bannon, Trump's former adviser, insisted this weekend.

Democrats' startlingly strong showing on Election Day in Virginia has set off overnight recriminations and finger pointing by some of President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters.



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