Subur­ban re­volt rat­tles Repub­li­cans after thump­ing in elec­tions

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP -

The Amer­i­can sub­urbs ap­pear to be in re­volt against Pres­i­dent Trump after a mus­cu­lar coali­tion of col­lege-ed­u­cated vot­ers and racial and eth­nic mi­nori­ties dealt the Repub­li­can Party a thump­ing re­jec­tion on Tues­day and pro­pelled a di­verse class of Democrats into of­fice.

From the tax-ob­sessed sub­urbs of New York City to high­tech neigh­bor­hoods out­side Seat­tle to the sprawling, poly­glot de­vel­op­ments of Fair­fax and Prince Wil­liam County, Va., vot­ers shunned Repub­li­cans up and down the bal­lot in offyear elec­tions. Lead­ers in both par­ties said the elec­tions were an un­mis­tak­able alarm bell for Repub­li­cans ahead of the 2018 cam­paign, when the party’s grip on the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives may hinge on the so­cially mod­er­ate, mul­ti­eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties near ma­jor cities.

“Vot­ers are tak­ing their anger out at the pres­i­dent, and the only way they can do that is by go­ing after Repub­li­cans on the bal­lot,” said Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Char­lie Dent, Repub­li­can of Penn­syl­va­nia.

The Democrats’ gains sig­naled deep alien­ation from the Repub­li­can Party among the sort of up­scale mod­er­ates who were once cen­tral to their coali­tion.

Democrats not only swept Vir­ginia’s statewide races but neared a ma­jor­ity in the House of Del­e­gates, a leg­isla­tive cham­ber that was ger­ry­man­dered to make the Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity vir­tu­ally unas­sail­able. They seized county ex­ec­u­tive of­fices in Westch­ester and Nas­sau Coun­ties, N.Y., and car­ried bell­wether may­oral elec­tions in St. Peters­burg, Fla., and Manch­ester, N.H., all races that ap­peared to fa­vor Repub­li­cans only months ago.

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