Democrats make gains across America one year after 2016 election loss

Democrats make gains across America one year after 2016 election loss

The party made a series of leaps, including securing New Jersey's governorship for Phil Murphy (pictured at a rally)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Democratic Party made a series of huge gains in local votes across America on Tuesday. 

Candidates representing the party roared to victory in states like Virginia, Washington and New Jersey. 

Among the notable wins were two governorships, several key legislative seats, and full control of the local state governments in the latter two. 

In Virginia, Ralph Northam won the governor seat, while Phil Murphy, a former executive of Goldman Sachs, ensured Democrat control over the state of New Jersey by swiping the governorship from Chris Christie. 

Members of the party up and down the country hailed the results, saying they had energised their core voters and made maximum use of Donald Trump's unpopularity in the polls to connect with swing voters. 

In a statement made on Twitter, the US President dismissed Ed Gillespie - the Republican candidate who ran for the governorship in Virginia against Northam - by saying he hadn't embraced him, or what he stood for. 

He said the Republican Party would continue to win because the economy was "doing record numbers."