Trumpism Soundly Defeated On Election Night In The Commonwealth Of Virginia, Democrats Won All Top Races

The Trumpanzees in small towns across the Commonwealth of Virginia were rejected for supporting a racist clown conman just one year ago today.  Suburbanites who are Republicans, real ones, not fake ones like the right wing Christians or the clown in orange makeup in the White House rejected racist Ed Gillespe who touted Trumpism without embracing Trump.  It was disheartening, even heartbreaking last November to see closet racists support this monster, but the tide is turning and Americans are clearly ready to reject racism, bigotry and the fake billionaire’s message. ralph-northam-2

The race for Virginia governor on Tuesday night wasn’t very close. And Republicans have Donald Trump to blame for it. In key areas of Virginia Republicanism — the suburbs of Richmond and the exurbs of Washington, DC — Republican Ed Gillespie ran far behind recent past GOP gubernatorial nominees and even behind Trump himself.

That poor performance seemed to come in spite of the fact that Gillespie’s profile — a former Republican National Committee Chairman and card-carrying member of the Republican establishment — seemed to be more ready-made for voters in those critical regions of the commonwealth than past Republican nominees. And in spite of the fact that Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee, hailed from the sparsely populated eastern shore of Virginia and had a southern accent that some Democrats worried wouldn’t play well in northern Virginia.
So, why?  The answer is Trump.
The exit polls bear that out. Trump’s approval rating among Virginia voters was just 42% as compared to a disapproval rating of 58%. Even more importantly, of the 50% of Virginians who said that Trump was a major factor in their vote in the 2017, twice as many said they wanted to send a signal of opposition to the President as said they wanted to send a signal of support.
The story of the race — and Trump’s drag on Gillespie — can be told in the vote count in two counties: Loudoun and Chesterfield.
Loudoun, an exurban county west of Washington, has grown rapidly over the past decade — and as it has, it’s moved away from its strong conservative roots. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe won Loudoun county by 5 points in his 2013 victory — about 4,000 votes. In 2009, Republican Bob McDonnell carried Loudoun by 15,000 votes.
Democrats were hoping Northam might be able to match — or slightly improve on McAuliffe’s showing from four years ago. With almost every precinct reporting, Northam had a massive 20 point margin (more than 17,000 votes). That’s absolutely stunning.
Chesterfield, which includes the city of Richmond, is the ancestral home of country club Republicanism in the Old Dominion. Business conservatives dominate. Gentility reigns. It is not then Trump territory.Ed5
Hillary Clinton lost Chesterfield by only 4,000 votes in 2016, a massive improvement over Barack Obama, who lost the county by almost four times that amount in 2012. With nearly all votes counted in Chesterfield, Northam was running less than 1,000 votes behind Gillespie.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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