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