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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 09 November 2017 - 01:29 AM

5 Takeaways On Virginiaís Election Sweep For Democrats

The amount of effort that went into this is huge. Everything went Democrats' way in the 2017 election in Virginia.

The Federalist
By Mollie Hemingway
November 8, 2017

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Virginia held elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and delegates on Tuesday. Here are a few takeaways on what happened.

1) An Absolute Tidal Wave for Democrats

Democrats won all the top of the ballot races, but they also gained at least 13 seats in the House of Delegates. This was no small feat. Republicans previously held the House with 66 seats to Democratsí 34. One of the switches includes the defeat of longtime conservative delegate Robert Marshall ® by Danica Roem, whose claim to fame is transgenderism.

The gubernatorial race was the one that commanded most of the media interest, but a Democratic governor winning a pretty solid blue state is not the most shocking. The massive changes in the House of Delegates are another thing. The amount of effort that went into this is huge. Everything went Democratsí way in the 2017 election in Virginia.

2) Top Of Ballot Republicans Lost, But In Interesting Ways

Ralph Northam beat Ed Gillespie in the governorís race 53.9 to 45 percent ó by nearly nine points. Justin Fairfax beat Jill Vogel in the lieutenant governorís race 52.7 to 47.3. And Mark Herring beat John Adams 53.3 to 46.7 percent.

By comparison, Hillary Clinton won 52.8 percent of the two-party portion of the 2016 vote to Donald Trumpís 47.2 percent. Vogel and Adams were known as strong Trump supporters, whereas Gillespie was known as an establishment Republican who tried to embrace Trumpism without talking about Trump. Vogel and Adams performed state-wide roughly the same as Trump did, whereas Gillespie just got crushed. Gillespie only lost his 2014 Senate race to Warner by less than a percentage point.

What does it mean that Gillespie performed not just worse than Trump, and worse than he did in 2014, but worse than his top-of-the-ballot cohorts who were openly Trump-supportive? Many theories have been offered.

Some say his attempt at fusionism failed, and that you canít be half a populist and expect voters to buy it. Others say he didnít have the benefit of running against Clinton, a candidate who managed to lose nationwide despite having so many resources supporting her. Others say itís just Gillespie himself ó a seasoned swamp lobbyist and establishment figure running for office at a time when voters have had enough of that sort. But Gillespie performed quite well with downstate, traditional conservative Republican voters, failing to resonate in his own homeland of Northern Virginia. He only did a tiny bit better than Trump in the heart of the swamp ó Fairfax County. Thatís Gillespieís home county!

No matter the cause, Gillespie didnít do as well as Trump in a race where his running mate Vogel did slightly better than Trump had.

3) Democrats Are Finally Focusing on Statehouse Races

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5) Republicans Have to Start Delivering on Their Campaign Promises

If Gillespie had won his race for the governorship and the Republicans kept the House of Delegates despite the lack of progress by Republicans who control the congressional and executive branches, maybe there would be an argument for continuing in that vein. But with Democrats emboldened by their huge win in Virginia and a demoralized Republican base, members of Congress are delusional if they think they can keep their jobs without passing tax reform, repealing Obamacare, and some other dramatic achievement.

Republicans have to make the case for their survival.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 07:13 AM

Democrats won in a blue state - wow, what SHOCKING news!

I'm sure leftists everywhere will take this as a national MANDATE!
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:13 AM

5) Republicans Have to Start Delivering on Their Campaign Promises

Job 1. . .

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:26 AM

View Postmjperry51, on 09 November 2017 - 10:13 AM, said:

5) Republicans Have to Start Delivering on Their Campaign Promises

Job 1. . .


Yep.
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 11:47 AM

View Postmjperry51, on 09 November 2017 - 10:13 AM, said:

5) Republicans Have to Start Delivering on Their Campaign Promises

Job 1. . .



That should be the TOP of EVERY Republican's agenda. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 12:21 PM

They didn't mention the ex-cons who McCaulliff put back on voter rolls. Nor the fact that D.C. now determines Virginia results. Look at the electoral map.
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