With Virginia, voters give Democrats first big wins of the Trump era

“Voters delivered their first forceful rebuke of President Trump and his party on Tuesday night, with Democrats exploiting Mr. Trump’s deep unpopularity to capture the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and make significant inroads into suburban communities that once favored the Republican Party,” as The New York Times is reporting.

“The Democratic Party’s crowning success of the night came in Virginia, where Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, an understated physician and Army veteran, won a commanding victory for governor, overcoming a racially charged campaign by his Republican opponent and cementing Virginia’s transformation into a reliably Democratic state largely immune to Trump-style appeals.

“Mr. Northam was propelled to victory over Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee, by liberal and moderate voters who were eager to send a message to Mr. Trump in a state that rejected him in 2016. Mr. Northam led Mr. Gillespie by nearly nine percentage points with 99 percent of precincts reporting, the widest victory in decades for a Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia.

“His dominating performance offered a momentary catharsis for Democrats beyond the state’s borders who have been hungry to find political success this year and represented a stern warning to Republicans on the ballot next year about the peril of embracing Mr. Trump’s approach.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “With Virginia, voters give Democrats first big wins of the Trump era”

  1. A big part of the credit has to go to all the women who were energized and mobilized, ran for office and got out the vote. That women’s march on January 20th, the “resistance” has turned into real electoral change at the voting booth. And you can bet, health care, women’s access to birth control, equal wages, gun laws, environmental protections, all are probably big concerns for them. Kudos to the women!

    “Is it finally blue? Democrats speed Virginia’s transformation — thanks to Trump”

    “An especially striking aspect of that anti-Trump fervor was that most of those new candidates he inspired were women. Of the 15 Democrats who were on track to flip Republican seats in the House of Delegates, 11 were women.
    All of the delegates they will replace are men.

    There were only 17 women among the 100 members of the House of Delegates in its most recent session. Tuesday’s gains will bring that total to 28 — its highest level in history.

    “Make no mistake about it: 2017 is the year of the woman in Virginia politics,” Farnsworth said.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democrats-speed-virginias-transformation—thanks-to-trump/2017/11/08/a352a39e-c447-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html?utm_term=.3aa282dbc430

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