On Tuesday, Democrats hit the ballot boxes, claiming big victories in races across the country, delivering a blow to Donald Trump. Virginia’s elections were closely watched as the former reality show star repeatedly stumped for Republican Ed Gillespie on Twitter but Democrat Ralph Northam was victorious, sending a message on rejecting racism and bigotry. As Shareblue notes, Democrats went big, “flipping 14 number of seats in the Virginia House of Delegates — the largest Democratic gain in a single election in the state since 1899.”
To hear Trump tell it, though, Gillespie lost because he didn’t “embrace” him, however, ballots cast in Virginia and New Jersey were largely in opposition to Donald Trump.
“In Virginia, voters by a 2-1 margin said they were casting their ballot to show opposition to Trump rather than support for him,” ABC tweeted Tuesday night. “In New Jersey the margin was 3-1.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 8, 2017
While Trump does not believe Gillespie’s defeat in Virginia was due to his support of the candidate, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) called the gubernatorial race a “referendum” on Trump’s administration on Tuesday.
“I don’t know how you get around that this wasn’t a referendum on the administration, I just don’t,” Taylor told reporters at Gillespie’s election night party, according to The Hill. “Some of the very divisive rhetoric really prompted and helped usher in a really high Democratic turnout in Virginia.”
“I know what the president tweeted. With all due respect to him I think he’s profoundly wrong in his tweet,” Taylor continued. “I’m telling you that from someone who is from Virginia, who watched these races, who watched people lose tonight against opponents who are completely no name.”
Trump’s name has become more toxic as his popularity plummets in each poll. Trump is the least popular president in the history of polling and he’s inundated with scandals so it’s not going to get better for him.
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