Election victories on Tuesday night showed us that Trump resistance really does translates into victories. Trump received an electoral drubbing just one year after his own election.
1. Democrat Ralph Northam was elected governor of Virginia. Democrat Justin Fairfax was elected lt. governor becoming the second African American to win a statewide election in Virginia. Trump endorsed Northam’s opponent Ed Gillespie and recorded a robo-call message in support of him. Once the election results were in, however, Trump turned against him, and tweeted:
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
2. Danica Roem beat Bob Marshall for a position in the Virginia House of Delegates, making her the first openly transgender woman state lawmaker. Her opponent was considered one of the most conservative lawmakers in Virginia and has described himself as “Virginia’s chief homophobe” and wrote the state’s notorious transgender bathroom bill.
3. A young Democratic Socialist won a seat in the state legislature in Virginia. Lee Carter beat out Jackson Miller who was the House Majority Whip, and did so with few resources from the Virginia Democratic Party. Most of the organization for the local campaign was coordinated by the Democratic Socialists of America.
4. Democrat Vi Lyles trounced Republican Kenny Smith to become the first African-American female mayor of Charlotte, NC.
5. Democrats won full control of the New Jersey state government. Phil Murphy easily defeated current Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno which means Dems now have full control of the legislative and executive branches in the Garden State.
6. Ravi Bhalla is now the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. Just two days prior to the election, someone posted racist flyers around town calling Bhalla a terrorist.
7. Voters in Maine passed a Medicaid expansion. This will provide health insurance to as many as 89,000 more low-income people, making Maine the first state to do so through a referendum.
8. Minneapolis elected the first black transgender woman to the City Council. Andrea Jenkins is the first openly transgender woman of color elected to any public office in the U.S.
9. Sheila Oliver is the first woman of color elected lieutenant governor of New Jersey.
10. Larry Krasner, a civil rights lawyer who prosecuted a police officer for killing a black teen, just became District Attorney in Philadelphia.
11. Washington State elected Mank Dhingra to a seat in the state legislature, giving Democrats full control of the government in Washington.
12. Democrats made significant gains in turning the Virginia House of Delegates blue, winning at least 14 seats with some districts still too close to call. 17 is needed to turn the legislature blue. Virginia’s state election is considered a bellwether for the 2018 election.
Annabel Park contributed to this story.