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Democrats on a Roll in Virginia, New Jersey

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:02 PM

Democrats are on a roll in Virginia and New Jersey as the party swept both governors' races Tuesday.

In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam captured nearly 54 percent of the vote in defeating former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, who won 44.96 percent of the vote, according to totals from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Northam's win was an important hold for Democrats, which held the position over the past two cycles with Gov. Terry McAuliffe. It also continued the state's trend toward blue after being a longtime Republican stronghold.

"In Virginia, it's going to take a doctor to heal our differences," Northam, a Norfolk pediatric neurologist, told supporters, according to the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. "I'm here to let you know that the doctor is in."

Gillespie, a longtime GOP consultant and lobbyist, changed the focus of his campaign from one that touted cutting the state income tax rate to embracing more culture-war issues such as illegal immigration, restoring civic rights to felons, and defending Confederate monuments, the Virginian-Pilot wrote.

Northam had coattails as well, with the Democrats sweeping two other statewide position with Justin Fairfax (52.6 percent) defeating Jill Vogel (47.2 percent) in the lieutenant governor's race and Mark Herring (53.2 percent) beating John D. Adams (46.7 percent) in the attorney general's election.

In New Jersey, former Wall Street executive Phil Murphy won the gubernatorial election, replacing Republican Chris Christie. Murphy won 55.4 percent of the vote against Christie's lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno, who mustered 42.5 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times.

NJ Advance Media reported that Murphy becomes the state's first Democratic governor to win the seat since Jon Corzine, an ex-Goldman Sachs executive, won in 2005 before losing to Christie in 2009. The website said that it would be the first time the governor's office and the state legislature will be under Democratic control since Corzine's time in office.

"Tonight, we declare the days of division over," Murphy said during his victory speech in Asbury Park, according to NJ Advance Media. "We will move forward together. ... We have each other's backs."

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