Demo­crat elec­tion wins are 'what hap­pens when the peo­ple vote'

Observer on Saturday - - News - In­de­pen­dent

- Barack Obama has cel­e­brated vic­to­ries for Democrats in the first US statewide elec­tions since Don­ald Trump en­tered the White House.

“This is what hap­pens when the peo­ple vote. Con­grats Ralph Northam and Phil Mur­phy,” Obama said in a Twit­ter post.

“And con­grat­u­la­tions to all the vic­tors in state leg­isla­tive, county and may­ors' races. Ev­ery of­fice in a democ­racy counts!”

In Vir­ginia, Ralph Northam de­feated Repub­li­can Ed Gille­spie fol­low­ing an elec­tion cam­paign marked with clashes over im­mi­gra­tion and Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues. Mean­while, Demo­crat Phil Mur­phy eas­ily beat


Kim Guadagno to be­come New Jersey Gov­er­nor, with the Repub­li­can strug­gling against the un­pop­u­lar­ity of Trump in the state and the out­go­ing Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Chris Christie's his­tor­i­cally low ap­proval rat­ings. A num­ber of the win­ners in Tues­day's elec­tions were from mi­nor­ity back­grounds, lead­ing to spec­u­la­tion Trump's pres­i­dency mo­ti­vated more black and mi­nor­ity eth­nic peo­ple to vote. A black trans­gen­der ac­tivist, An­drea Jenk­ins, was elected to the Min­neapo­lis City Coun­cil, while a His­panic woman won the mayor’s race in Topeka, Kansas and a Sikh man was elected mayor in Hobo­ken, New Jersey.

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