Stateside: 2017 Elections Coverage

November 8, 2017

This article originally appeared on Stateside.

Last night in Virginia, Ralph Northam (D) defeated Ed Gillespie (R) in one of the most closely watched gubernatorial races in recent memory. Justin Fairfax (D) defeated Senator Jill Vogel (R) for the Lt. Governorship. Attorney General Mark Herring (D) won re-election, defeating John Adams (R). Democrats also made significant gains in the Virginia House of Delegates, picking up 16 seats. According to the latest results from the Virginia Department of Elections, the current, post-election partisan split, based on uncertified numbers, is 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats. There are five (5) races that are within a recount margin. All signs indicate that the control of the House will not be decided today. More updates to follow.

In New Jersey, Phil Murphy (D) defeated Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R). As a result, Sheila Oliver (D) will become the next Lt. Governor of the state. Democrats also maintained their majority hold on both chambers in the Legislature. Based on unofficial results, the new split in the Senate is 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans. Based on unofficial results, the new Assembly split is 54 Democrats and 24 Republicans. One race has yet to be called in the Assembly, leaving two seats undecided.

Manka Dhingra (D) won the Washington State Senate district 45 race, thus successfully flipping majority control of the chamber to Democratic. Democrats now have control of both chambers and the Governor's mansion. 

In Georgia, Democrats are claiming a pick up of two seats in the House and one seat in the Senate.

Regarding ballot measures, in Ohio, the Drug Price Relief Act was defeated. In Maine, voters opted to expand Medicaid after Governor LePage (R) had vetoed expansion five times.

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