Trumpism was trounced Tuesday night in Virginia, New Jersey and Maine.
The rejection of President Trump’s agenda that grabbed the most headlines was the surprisingly sound defeat of longtime Republican operative Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor’s race by the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor, Ralph Northam.
Gillespie, a longtime national party leader, ran a literally two-faced campaign, as a mild-mannered, establishment Republican on the stump, but as a virulently anti-immigrant, pro-Confederate extremist in campaign ads.
In the end, a majority of Virginia voters saw through Gillespie’s first persona and rejected the second, electing Northam by a nine-percentage-point margin.
In New Jersey, meanwhile, Democrat Phil Murphy won 55 percent of the vote to become the governor-elect, replacing the phenomenally unpopular incumbent Republican Chris Christie.Continue Reading...