Democrats Victorious, Gaining Crucial Momentum for ’18!

The Democratic Party won big today. In Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City, we swept our races completely. Voters demonstrated a thorough repudiation of the repugnant way of life we have come to know as Trumpism.

The American people gave us back all the power they could in Tuesday’s elections.

We needed this. Big time. The way the media tells it, this whole last year has been one disaster after the next for us Democrats. The papers all have a dig to throw at Hillary Clinton any chance they get. They gleefully insist that Bernie Sanders is the face of our party. He is reviled so completely by most of us that he wasn’t even welcome to speak at a Women’s Convention without all hell breaking loose. It’s like they’re having a rape fantasy about it.

That whole narrative disregards a great many tangible and improbable victories scored by Democrats over the last year. Even our losses were wins in a number of cases.

Take the Jon Ossoff- Karen Handel race last springGeorgia’s Sixth District has been red since 1979.  We came within a hair of taking it. $23 million was raised for that race.

As of September 27, Democrats have picked up a total of eight Republican-held seats as a result of special elections from New York, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. After tonight, you can bet people will start talking about it.

This combined with how close we came to winning the special elections earlier this year, suggests strongly that we’ve got everything it takes in 2018 to overcome the large mathematical disadvantages peculiar to this year’s electoral map.

Things went great in New Jersey. Philip Murphy easily polished off his mountebank opponent. That governor’s office has been in Republican Chris Christie’s hands for eight years. Across the map, in mayoral contests, state legislative races and ballot measures, everything went our way.
In Virginia, we saw a historical milestone pass. Voters elected the state’s first openly transgender candidate, Danica Roem, to the Virginia House of Delegates. Ralph Northam won the Virginia governor’s race handily, as close as the race looked toward the end.
And in New York City, Bill de Blasio secured the biggest mayor’s office in America for the Democrats.
The only rain on our parade came from a certain non- Democrat, Bernie Sanders, who dealt a blow to leftist unity by refusing to endorse Northam. That’s one race he could have made a significant impact on, but he refused. Northam has a wonderfully progressive platform, as opposed to his race-baiting slanderous Republican opponent. Bernie chose to actively try to hurt him. How much more proof do people need that this man is not on our side?
Our Revolution, the advocacy group founded by Sanders, has endorsed six candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates. But when it came to the governor’s race, Bernie remained silent. He’d endorsed Tom Perriello, one of Northam’s primary opponents. It seems he’s back to sulking.

“They’ve done nothing, and it’s a shame,” says a Democratic strategist with Virginia roots. Wary of escalating the tensions between the Hillary and Bernie wings of the party, he doesn’t want to be named.

“This race is really the first battle for the resistance, and it’s dangerous for our prospects going forward if we can’t win this.”

Republicans will wake up tomorrow in a world of hurt. Full control of Congress, which favored them strongly in terms of electoral math, find themselves now in serious jeopardy.
Trump’s approval ratings have been abysmal since the start, but are worsening daily. He’s a liability. This is why so many of them are retiring. It will continue to be much harder to convince incumbents to run in such a hostile environment.
Northam’s opponent, Ed Gillespie, was reprimanded by Trump for not having fully embraced him and his principles in a tweet sent out Tuesday night. Trump blames Gillespie’s defeat on this, but it is not the simplest explanation.
Tonight the people of America sent  Donald Trump a message.
They have figured out that they made a mistake, and they intend to fix it. Donald Trump underestimated the spirit of this country. We are trusting and generous. We give people the benefit of the doubt. But we have a very hard core, at the end of the day, and we do not like being cheated.
Russiagate is winding toward a brutal conclusion; just ask Carter Page. That will be his eventual downfall. the country is stuck in the mud, and Democrats are the only ones who can get us back on track and keep us there. We need to turn Congress Blue again next year. And we have all the tools we need.
That pretty much says it all.
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Democrats Rally in State Elections, Preparing to Sweep 2018.

Tomorrow, on November 7, Millennial Democrats will be joining our mentors from prior generations in participating fully in these crucial, yet oft-neglected elections. It has all the makings of a very big day.

 Many of us, including the editor of Millennial Democrats, had never before voted in an off-year election or even thought much about them. Barack Obama chided us for this recently, and we have heard him. We won’t make that mistake this year.

2016 has become the race that never ends. When Trump won, nobody went back to sleep. Things never returned to business as usual.

The country has realized it has made a mistake.

As a result, this year, people are paying very close attention.

The APA has been conducting its Stress in America poll every year since 2007. The most recent provided an upsetting commentary on our collective state of mind. It found that 63 percent of Americans currently feel that the future of the country is a very significant source of stress in their lives.

59 percent of us said this is the “lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.”

People are in pain. They see confusion all around them. Economic challenges are getting worse. Disinformation and frustration have both taken a toll. We are going through it with everybody else because we are everybody else. However, it is precisely this shared sorrow that will allow us to make our voices heard.

Democrats have a plan. We have specifics. They’re all right there in that most progressive of documents, the 2016 Presidential Democratic Party Platform. We have continued to provide a sane and decent alternative to an increasingly messy ordeal. We will keep our noses to the grind and refuse to give in. And eventually, we will succeed.

We are coming together. We are going to start taking back our country from the cannibal Republicans who have stolen it. Here are the people we are rallying behind.

This off-year election will feature gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. It will feature as well state legislative elections in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and in the lower house of the Virginia legislature.

Five Special elections to the United States House of Representatives have already taken place this year. One other House seat and one other Senate seat still have yet to be filled. Numerous mayoral races and a variety of other local elections will be taking place as well.

As of September 27, Democrats have picked up a total of eight Republican-held seats as a result of special elections from New York, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma.

This combined with how close we came to winning last year in districts considered to be unwinnable by any Democrat suggests strongly that we’ve got everything it takes in 2018 to overcome the large mathematical disadvantages peculiar to this year’s electoral map.

Take the Jon Ossoff- Karen Handel race last spring. Georgia’s Sixth District has been red since 1979.  We came within a hair of taking it. $23 million was raised for that race.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sadly leaving office due to term restrictions. He was an excellent governor who consistently earned high marks on Virginia’s economy. He also, unlike the president, spoke out strongly against the mayhem in Charlottesville over the summer that led to the senseless murder of Heather Heyer by a mutated mongrel, a nameless Nazi pig.
The race to replace him, however, has focused not on the economy, but rather on a continuation of 2016. It has essentially been a proxy war between the two competing parties, which has typified every race since November 9th of last year. Hard to believe it’s been a year already. It all feels like the same long month. Trump has cast his big orange shadow over everything.
According to the final poll from Christopher Newport University being released before the election, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam held a solid and persistent advantage over his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie as of this morning and is considered the favorite.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie has had a rough time since Bridgegate with the public. He neglected the state and its people in order to help out Trump. But Trump used and discarded him like Kleenex after the transitioning to the White House was done.
These are just a few of the reasons that record-low approval ratings hover mightily over the contest to replace him. Christie is a prototypical example of what lies in wait for politicians who signed on with Donald Trump during this horrible time in our history. They’ll all get to have a taste of what is being done to Colin Kaepernick. See how they like being blacklisted.
His lieutenant governor, Republican candidate Kim Guadagno, has tried to distance herself from Christie’s disasters, but the odds of this are not very good. Former US Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee, has led consistently in the polls, spending tens of millions of dollars out of pocket on the race. At this point, a Murphy loss would be a shocking upset.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is also expected to cruise to reelection.  Republican Nicole Malliotakis and two third-party candidates who lost the Democratic primary are about as second-rate as it gets. Perhaps after they lose, Trump will find Cabinet jobs for them.
Former Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz joined the earliest members of the GOP who could not stand the zoo anymore and retired mid-term, citing that it was “Time to get off the gravy train”. This was big for us. Upon leaving Chaffetz vacated the gavel of the House’s oversight committee. That’s a position of power that we might now possibly take.
It does have to be realized that this seat is in a solid red, reliably Republican district of Utah. Provo Mayor John Curtis, the Republican candidate, is favored to win against Democratic candidate Kathie Allen, but there’s every reason to hope for an upset, especially with Russiagate reaching epic proportions by the day now.

Today, we’re going to be doing every last thing we can think of to help our people, wherever they may be. Sharing articles, hitting threads, making phone calls.

Yesterday evening, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam released a report proving that Russian bots have been interfering in their race on his opponent Ed Gillespie’s behalf just as they did for Trump last year. No way are we going to let those people go into a fight alone. We have to back him up, and we’ve got to do it now.

This is Election Week. Tomorrow is our day. We have got to win tomorrow everywhere else we have a chance. We need those Governor’s Mansions. That is where our attention is needed, and that is where we’re going to put it. Our work is cut out for us.

Today, we will do everything we can think of to give our support and love to Ralph Northam of Virginia, Bill de Blasio of New York City, and all of the other brave people who have stood up to be our leaders. We have come to a time when we need good leaders more than ever. We will stand by them, and our hearts are with them. Now, let’s hit these phones and threads!!!!!!!!!