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DNC Chair Perez: Trump Was 'Undeniably on the Ballot' in Tuesday's Races

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:22 PM

Several valuable lessons were learned through Democrats' wins in Tuesday's elections, but the most important was that voters were "talking about healthcare and things that mattered," and President Donald Trump "was undeniably on the ballot," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Wednesday.

"Number one, unity continues to be our greatest strength," Perez told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," referring to the fallout over former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile's expose about 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the committee. 

"We saw that in the Virginia primary. Everyone came together. I spent a lot of time in Virginia. People weren't talking about someone's book."

The wins were not entirely in reaction to Trump, said Perez, but added that the president was "undeniably on the ballot" on a number of races

"He is trying to divide America," said Perez. "People are so sick of these Twitter tirades. They want leaders they can be proud of."

Democrat Ralph Northam was able to defeat GOP candidate Ed Gillespie, said Perez, and others were able to win because they were speaking to issues that people care about.

"They actually care about facts," he commented. "They actually care about making sure that people have a good job and good opportunity. They're not playing the politics of division.

"When we do that and when we organize, when we make those relationships, when we're running candidates, then when the false news comes out, if you've organized and built those relationships with people, that false news doesn't penetrate. You saw the ads in Virginia and elsewhere. That dog didn't hunt."

However, Trump wasn't the entire reason for the wins, said Perez.

"What every one of those races have in common, by the way, we flipped two seats in Georgia in special elections," Perez said. "The significance of that is that they no longer have the supermajority necessary to pass constitutional reforms."

Further, healthcare and other things "that mattered" were under discussion, said Perez. "That was lesson number one."

The committee also learned that organizing matters, as shown by the victory of Democrat Ralph Northam over GOP candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia's gubernatorial race, just one of the major contests held in the off-season contests.

"This was the most extensive, coordinated ground game in Virginia history, more extensive than anything presidential," said Perez. "[They] knocked on twice as many doors as the [Terry] McAuliffe campaign, and [he] did a spectacular job four years ago."

Other races were "superb," said Perez, singling out Danica Roem, who on Tuesday who became Virginia's first openly transgender elected official when she defeated incumbent Delegate Robert G. Marshall for the state House of Delegates.

"No one said she could win and she won," said Perez. "When you organize, organize, organize and you are competing in every zip code, you win."

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Several valuable lessons were learned through Democrats' wins in Tuesday's elections, but the most important was that voters were "talking about healthcare and things that mattered," and President Donald Trump "was undeniably on the ballot"...
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