It looks like Donald Trump is losing his luster with voters.
Democrat Ralph Northam has won the Virginia governor’s race, according to The Associated Press, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie in a stinging rebuke to President Trump.
The surprisingly early call in what was expected to be a much closer contest portended a very good night for Democrats in the Old Dominion and across the country. And one year after the 2016 presidential contest, Democrats finally got a signature win after long boasting of rising opposition to Trump.
Polls in the final days showed a close race in Virginia, but ultimately Northam, the incumbent lieutenant governor, successfully rode an anti-Trump wave to victory over Gillespie’s hard-line message on immigration and social issues.
Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Phil Murphy will win the New Jersey governor race, CNN projects.
Murphy’s victory over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno shifts control of the governor’s seat to Democratic hands following eight years of Republican rule under the tenure of Gov. Chris Christie. It also means that should Sen. Bob Menendez leave office next year, he would be replaced by a Democrat, maintaining the current balance in the US Senate.