In what has been described as a ‘rejection’ of United States President Donald Trump, the Democratic Party scored uncharacteristic victories across the United States on election day, after having already lost four out of four special elections this year.
In Virginia, Ralph Northam won the Virginia governorship with 53.9 percent of the vote.
Phil Murphy, a former executive at Goldman Sachs, beat Kim Guadagno, in New Jersey’s governor race.
Out of 17 major mayoral races around the country, 13 were won by Democrats, including the mayoral seats of Los Angeles, New York City and Boston.
On top of this, Virginia helped their (now) first transgender lawmaker beat out a 13-term incumbent described as the ‘most conservative’ member of Virginia’s legislature.
These victories came a day after a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll that showed that “Trump has an approval rating demonstrably lower than any previous chief executive at this point in his presidency over seven decades of polling.”
“Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans — 37 percent — say they approve of the way he is handling his job.”
Trump responded to his party’s losses by accusing Ed Gillespie, the opposing candidate to Phil Murphy, of “not (embracing) me or what I stand for,” in a tweet.
After a decade of historic losses, the Democratic Party is showing signs of life.
A majority of state legislatures and governorships are held by Republicans, both chambers of the U.S. Congress have come under Republican control, the Supreme Court is decidedly conservative, and the presidency is held by Donald Trump, a Republican. This has totaled well over 1,000 electoral defeats since the beginning of the ‘Obama era.’
Despite revelations from former interim Democratic National Committee chair, Donna Brazile, that the 2016 Democratic Party primary was tipped in favor of Hillary Clinton, the party had a net favorability prior to election day.
Analysts believe that this may be part of a larger trend that may turn the tide in favor of Democrats during the 2018 midterm election.
“The stage is now set for the midterm elections in 2018. Republicans will have a year to brace for what could be an anti-Trump tsunami forming on the horizon. What they - and Mr. Trump - do next could decide their fate,” wrote Anthony Zurcher of BBC News.