Democrats won races from coast to coast on Tuesday night in what many are viewing as a public referendum on Trump’s first year as president.
The biggest wins of the night came in Virginia, where Ralph Northam beat GOP lobbyist and former George W. Bush aide Ed Gillespie to take the governorship. In the Virginia House of Delegates, Democrats may have flipped the large 17-seat margin previously held by Republicans to retake control of the state.
Gillespie, while trying to distance himself from Trump in the wake of Charlottesville, continued to push for Trump agenda items including immigration and a public call for NFL players to be required to stand for the national anthem.
While the votes were still being counted on Tuesday night, Trump took to Twitter to return the favor, calling out Gillespie for not “embracing” what he stands for.
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
In addition to Northam’s big win, Justin Fairfax won the race for lieutenant governor, making him the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia in a quarter of a century. Democratic attorney general Mark Herring won another term by defeating Republican challenger John Adams, who attacked Herring for supporting same-sex marriage.
And Chris Hurst, whose girlfriend Alison Parker was the Virginia TV reporter killed on live television in 2015, won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates by defeating three term Republican incumbent Joseph Yost, who had an A-rating from the NRA.
Democrats also won mayoral races in Charlotte, North Carolina, and St. Petersburg, Florida. In New Jersey, Ravi Bhalla became the first Sikh mayor in the state’s history by winning the seat in Hoboken.
In Maine, voters approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Meanwhile, across the country, Democrats took control of Washington, when Manka Dhingra won a special election, giving the party a one-seat majority, painting the entire west coast blue from top to bottom.