Election day has come and passed, and everyone was wondering if Donald Trump would have an effect on Republican strongholds. Also on the radar was how people would respond to progressive candidates. Well, the results are in, and it was a doozy in a few key elections.
Virginia gubernatorial race
Virginia was an especially exciting race between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie. This was considered the Democratic Party’s true test in a post-Trump era, asking whether the ideals of the party would stand. With Northam raking in almost 54% of the vote in Virginia, it’s fair to say that Virginians are happy with the track that the state has been on under former governor Terry McAuliffe.
Next: Another Virginian blew her opponent out of the water even after he served 13 terms.
Virginia elects the first openly trans state legislator
Danica Roem is going to become Virginia’s first openly transgender delegate. She will be representing the 13th district. Roem (D) defeated 13-term incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall (R), who once declared himself as Virginia’s “Chief Homophobe.” Roem said Tuesday night that “discrimination is a disqualifier,” and that “this is about the people of the 13th district disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias … where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.”
Next: Republicans lose big in New Jersey.
The Garden State goes blue
After the abysmal performance over the past couple of years by Governor Chris Christie (R), his and Donald Trump’s performance have left a very sour taste in a lot of peoples’ mouth, especially given the slew of controversies for both politicians. Governor-elect Phil Murphy (D) trounced Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno with 55.5% of the vote, despite Guadagno’s attempts to distance herself from the embattled former governor.
Next: New York City embraces their progressive values.
De Blasio takes 66% of the vote in New York
New York City had been a Republican stronghold for around 20 years, with mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg manning the helm. People weren’t sure if the city would accept progressive policies from a Democratic candidate when de Blasio was elected in 2012. Lo and behold, the Big Apple likes big government. De Blasio blew out his opponent with 66% of the vote.
Next: Dems take control of the “Trifecta” in Washington.
Democrat Mankra Dhinga wins contested Senate seat
Senate District 45 in Washington state was an important contest to watch, because the result gave the Democrats control of the Washington State House, Senate, and Governorship. The contest was between Jinyoung Lee Englund (R) and Mankra Dhingra (D). Dhinga raised and spent less capital than Englund in a traditionally conservative district. This flip has massive implications for the future of the GOP moving forward.
Next: What these results say about the electorate
Results represent a shift in politics
Through these major elections, there is an obvious and profound shift in the way people are voting. It’s apparent that people are more open to progressive ideas and are abandoning trivial party lines. The voter is looking for a leader that will represent their interests and not the interests of just a handful of people. What’s more interesting is that this is a preview of what is to come in the mid-term elections next year, and has possibly confirmed what a lot of people in the Republican Party have feared since January.
Next: Has Trump ruined the image of the Republican Party?
Trump has laid waste to the GOP
It’s obviously been a huge victory for the Democrats, but it also represents a fear that many Republicans should have: Donald Trump is ruining the image of the Republican Party. The bombastic nature that led him into the White House is the very thing that is starting to make the party unravel. In fact, the party is so divided over the way that Trump is governing that they are leaving their seats in Congress out of sheer embarrassment (see Jeff Flake). Whatever your party lines may be, there’s a big opportunity here for the “wave of blue” to take the government back over the next couple years.
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