'Anti-Trump Wave' Results in Big Gains for Democrats
Murdered reporter's boyfriend was among Virginia winners
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2017 4:58 AM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2017 6:21 AM CST
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Democrat Chris Hurst defeated Republican Joseph Yost to win House of Delegates District 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Blacksburg, Va.   (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
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(Newser) – Almost a year to the day after President Trump was elected, Democrats scored big victories in races across the country—especially in Virginia, where Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Trump-endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race. Democrats made major statewide gains in Virginia as well as recapturing the governor's mansion in New Jersey and winning mayoral races, including hotly contested elections in Charlotte, NC, and St. Petersburg, Fla. A roundup of developments:

  • An anti-Trump wave. In what the Richmond Times-Dispatch calls an "anti-Trump wave," Virginia Democrats also won the races for attorney general and lieutenant governor and are expected to make big gains in the House of Delegates, where Republicans held a 66-34 majority. Justin Fairfax, the Democrat who defeated Republican Jill Vogel in the lieutenant governor's race, is only the second African American elected to statewide office in Virginia.

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