Tuesday night’s election results were a big surprise, not just because there were Democrat gubernatorial winners in Virginia and New Jersey. Expectations were hopeful, but returns proved a wide victory margin.
Philip Murphy won the New Jersey race by 13.3 percentage points. Chris Christie is over.
In Virginia, pediatrician Ralph Northam won by nearly 9 points over onetime Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie. Gillespie ran a campaign full of racist scapegoating and Confederate statue preservation talk, even though the orange-crushed ego disavowed him because he “did not embrace” his spray tan. Republican Scott Taylor, who represents Virginia Beach (a purple district) in U.S. Congress, blames “divisive rhetoric” spewed by Trump for GOP losses statewide. Remember, the Unite the Right rally was held in Charlottesville, VA, and election-result maps show that city and surrounding county of Albemarle to be vivid blue.
There was an historic win in a Virginia state race too! This direct quote from an NPR article sums it up perfectly:
“Danica Roem in Virginia became the first openly transgender person elected to a statehouse in the country. And the 33-year-old did so over 13-term incumbent Bob Marshall, who authored Virginia’s ‘bathroom bill’ and considers himself the state’s ‘chief homophobe.’”
Another insightful quote: “Virginia is very reflective of the country.”
Chris Hurst was victorious in a Virginia Statehouse seat race against “three-term NRA-backed incumbent Joseph Yost.” Hurst campaigned on a gun-control platform. He is the boyfriend of a reporter who was shot and killed on live TV in 2015.
In Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor race, Democrat Justin Fairfax beat his GOP opponent by over five points. Mark Herring, another Dem, handily came out on top with 53.3% of the vote to be new Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
It’s not all bluebells in Virginia—Dems did not do well in rural precincts.
Meanwhile back in New Jersey, Ravi Bhalla became the city of Hoboken’s first Sikh mayor despite racist attack ads as well as posters pictured with Bhalla’s face reading, “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our town!” That is some dumb propaganda for Frank Sinatra’s birthplace. Hoboken was allegedly denied Hurricane Sandy relief funds in 2014 by Kim Guadagno of Chris Christie’s cabinet. Guadagno was the losing GOP candidate for governor in last night’s New Jersey election.
If we take a virtual bird flight up through New England to Maine, we could probably see through the autumn leaves crackpot Governor Paul LePage grinding his dentures since voters supported Medicaid expansion by referendum in that state’s election, circumventing LePage’s veto. He is a veto-crazy, horrible, bigoted, stingy, unredeemable Scrooge who certainly has toe-jam breath from constantly putting his foot in his hateful mouth. LePage does not care about his oral stench.
Phew! In all, this election is an allegorical rehearsal, say for Miss Universe. Trump no longer owns that pageant contest. He is yugely unpopular. Federally, Democrats have good shots at House and Senate seats, but this can’t be even hinted at as a done art of the deal. Last night’s election showed fabulous voter turnout rejecting Trump—some districts of Albemarle County, where Charlottesville lies within, report record turnout even though this was an off-year election. Let’s hope 2018 and 2020 explode similarly.