What’s happening: (Washington Post)
“Tuesday was the best day for Democrats politically since Barack Obama won reelection in 2012 … Voters came out in droves. They braved the rain and the cold to send a message to President Trump. The results across the country represent nothing less than a stinging repudiation of Trump on the first anniversary of his election.” It’s been a long, exhausting year for so many, so maybe the best thing we can do is spend a minute reflecting on the gains made last night, sharing the news with those in our lives, and thanking those responsible.
A look at some of the news:
- Democrat Ralph Northam beat Ed Gillespie in race for Virginia governor by 9 points
- In an upset, Democrats won at least 15 seats in Virginia’s House of Delegates: “One became Virginia’s first openly transgender person to win elective office, unseating an opponent of LGBT rights. Another became the first open lesbian elected to the House of Delegates, another the first Asian American woman and two, both from diverse Prince William County, are set to be the first Latinas to the General Assembly.”
- Democrats took control of the Washington State Senate
- Maine expanded Medicaid via ballot initiative
- Democrat Phil Murphy won the New Jersey governorship by 13 points
- Democrats picked up three seats in Georgia
- Democrat Vi Lyles won to become Charlotte’s first African American female mayor
- Manchester elected a Democratic mayor for the first time in 14 years
- The Republican incumbent mayor of St. Petersburg unexpectedly lost
- …and the list goes on!
What you can do:
✓ Send a personal ‘thank you’ to any person or organization you saw make a difference in last night’s races. Even better, I’d suggest doing a quick donation tour — even if it’s $1, $2, $5 each — to those orgs which have proven so effective.
Here’s my (very incomplete) list of links to donation pages where you can start:
✓ Push the advantage by signing up to volunteer for Doug Jones to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate. His opponent, Roy Moore, is unfit to serve. Election is December 12. (Click to tweet)