Virginia governor’s race a confidence boost

Commentary by Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

   On Nov. 7, Virginia elected a new governor for the next four years. In what was expected to be a close race, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won with an impressive nine-point margin. He will succeed fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe as the 73rd governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Reactions following election night included much celebration from national Democrats who see this as a revival of their party. They certainly have reason to do so, making huge gains in Republican-leaning Virginia Beach while also solidifying landslide support in previously competitive northern Virginia.
   The Democratic ticket was anchored by highly populated Northern Virginia. Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties pushed all of the statewide Democratic candidates over the finish line.
While the result is a huge boost of confidence for Democrats, it may not represent the nationwide repudiation of President Donald Trump that many have suggested. It must be kept in mind that Trump did not win Virginia in the 2016 election. Republican candidate Ed Gillespie also did not embrace Trump during the campaign, so while this may be a loss for the GOP, it is not necessarily a loss for Trump.

Jakob S. Miller is a junior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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