Virginia may foretell a brighter future for Dems

Virginia may foretell a brighter future for Dems”

"You can't really look at tonight's results and conclude that Democrats are anything other than the current favorites to pick up the U.S. House in 2018", Dave Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House and statehouse races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said on Twitter. This has greatly impacted Guadagno's support in the campaign, as a recent Monmouth poll found that Guadagno's association with Christie made 29 percent of voters less likely to vote for her, almost double the 16 percent who said her association made them more likely to vote for her. But if they can tap into a voting bloc that failed to back them in 2016, the midterms may not be as bleak for the Democrats as once expected. "Trumpism without Trump can show the way forward", Steve Bannon, Trump's former adviser, insisted this weekend. After Northam beat a more progressive opponent, Tom Perriello, in the primary, Perriello wholeheartedly endorsed and then campaigned for Northam - avoiding the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders schism that bedeviled the party in 2016.

However, unlike the House where the GOP's majority is dependent on a handful of members from swing districts in blue states where property taxes are high, most of the Republican senators hail from lower-tax states that are more solidly Republican and less dependent on the SALT deduction. Gillespie had declined to invite President Trump, who is unpopular in Virginia, to campaign with him, but he had run on Trump's themes. Virginia saw the highest voter turnout in a governor's race in 20 years, despite a rainy election day. Consider, for example, Pennsylvania's 7 Congressional District, known as "Goofy kicking Donald Duck", which was drawn to dilute the votes of blacks in the Philadelphia area. But big gubernatorial victories by Ralph Northam in Virginia and Phil Murphy in New Jersey were the first hard evidence that voters are ready to act.

The Republican mayor of the Mormon stronghold of Provo, Utah, won a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who resigned earlier this year. While President Donald Trump has been clear he wants to see a corporate tax rate reduction from 35% to 20% immediately, the cost may be too great.

"I will be blunt: last night was a terrible night for our Party", Whitbeck wrote in an email. A map that transforms a 9-point Democratic majority into a 50-50 legislative draw is a map that was not drawn fairly.

Roem is to be Virginia's first openly transgender lawmaker. Since last year, the President's leverage over Congress has depended in part upon the belief that Republican voters now identified more strongly with Trump than with conservative ideology or the Party. "Ed Gillespie did not embrace me or what I stand for", the President tweeted, once the results were in.

In Seattle, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan took a strong early lead in the race for mayor. "With the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!" He wakes up this morning in a nation where a Liberian refugee is the mayor of Helena, Montana.

Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender person of color to be elected to office in the United States by winning a city council seat in Minneapolis. Trump also delivered a warning to North Korea: "Don't try us". Fairfax and Herring both won 53 percent of the vote for their respective elections.

Tuesday was also a banner night for women, minority and LGBT candidates.

Since Trump's election, "there's still a little bit of PTSD in a lot of Democrats", said Maclen Zilber, a Democratic consultant in Los Angeles working on several California House races.

Many Democrats are especially enthused about their wins in the Virginia House of Delegates, which swung from a wide Republican advantage to a close divide between the two parties (a few seats are still too close to call).

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