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Wednesday News: “Virginia Rejects Your Hateful Politics, Mr. Trump”; “This is not a wave. This is a tsunami”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, November 8 – the day after an amazing repudiation of Trump and Trumpism here in Virginia and across the country. I just wish America had done this LAST November, but wait ’til NEXT November. 😉 Congratulations to Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Mark Herring, and to all the House Democratic candidates who stepped up to the plate this year, whether they won (and a LOT of them did, including most of the 17 “Hillary Clinton districts” held by Republicans) or lost. Thank you! (h/t to Catherine Read for the cover photo from last night’s VICTORY party)

  • SKEPTICAL PROGRESSIVE

    Danica’s win is a tribute to her hard work, integrity, courage, knowledge, and demonstrated ability and willingness to represent everybody in HID 13 and find solutions to problems that matter to them. Bob’s campaign was two words: “he’s transgender.” The voters did what they should do, pick the candidate that represents their values and interests. I think many voters were insulted by the assumption that they are intolerant, and tired of a Delegate that wants to govern their private choices, but neglects the things government should be doing well.

    • bluevirginia

      Yeah, just too bad it took them 25 years to figure that out…

      • SKEPTICAL PROGRESSIVE

        The arc of the universe moves slowly, but it tends toward justice.

        • Jim B

          The one down side of all of this is the old white voters out in the country side are still propping up the repugs no matter how bad they are at governing. The great recession didn’t sway them and after a 8 year recovery they are still willing to turn the government over to people like the idiot in chief.

  • True Blue

    WOKE!

  • True Blue

    I wonder how RPV’s Whitbeck will explain the tsunami. The percentages of Democratic wins at the top of the ticket were substantial. Two of three of his own Loudoun male Delegates lost to women and challengers to Loudoun’s Democratic seats missed the mark. Whereas 9 Republican state seats were uncontested, 23 Democratic seats were unchallenged. RPV’s ads were hateful and the out-of-state donor class was denounced. Virginia Democrats and many groups showed real grassroots’ efforts and turnout was phenomenal! I was hopeful that recounts would put the House in rational hands again; what do we know this morning about that chance?.

  • From CAIR:

    CAIR Exit Poll: 85 Percent of Virginia Muslim Voters Supported Northam
    76 percent of registered Virginia Muslim voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/17) — The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), in partnership with the Virginia Council of Muslim Organizations (VCMO), today released the results of an exit poll indicating that Muslim voters in Virginia strongly supported now governor-elect Ralph Northam in Tuesday’s election.

    The poll, conducted by an independent interactive voice response survey provider on behalf of CAIR and VCMO, indicated that 76 percent of registered Virginia Muslim voters turned out to the polls in the off-year election.

    CAIR said the more than 300 Muslim voters surveyed indicated the following preferences:

    * Ralph Northam (D) 85%
    * Ed Gillespie (R) 13%
    * Cliff Hyra (L) 2%

    NOTE: 323 total respondents, with 276 voting for Northam, 42 for Gillespie, and 5 for Hyra.

    “High Muslim voter turnout and higher than average support for now governor-elect Ralph Northam reflect voters — including American Muslims and their neighbors — embracing inclusive campaigns and shows once again that candidates who decide to fear-monger about minority communities will lose,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw.

    “Virginians have spoken and they reject division and hatred. We are proud of Virginia Muslim turnout and involvement in this election,” said Rafi Ahmed, VCMO Interim President.

  • From virginia21.org

    Millennial Turnout Up Significantly from 2013

    RICHMOND, Va. – On November 7th, an unexpectedly high number of millennials turned out to the polls to cast their vote in Virginia. Data provided by the Virginia Public Access Project shows a higher estimated turnout increase among young Virginians than any other demographic when compared to the last gubernatorial election.

    In 2013, an estimated 26.2% of college student voters cast a ballot. This year, that number jumped to 34.6%.

    This trend in increased turnout also extends to the larger millennial population as evidenced by data from precincts where voters under 40 years old make up at least 60% of registered voters. In 2013, 31.5% of voters in those precincts showed up to the polls. Last night, it was up to 39%. There are roughly 2,000,000 millennials in Virginia. If we estimate that 65% of them are registered to vote, it would mean from 2013 to 2017, we saw an increase of approximately 97,500 new millennial voters.

    The Executive Director of Virginia21, Jared Calfee says this increase is a testament to the work by Virginia21 students and other young people around the state to create a culture that values political participation. “As we have become the largest voting bloc in Virginia, millennials have also decided it’s time to start showing up to the polls in force,” said Calfee. “Elections from all over the state have come down to a couple hundred votes or fewer, and whatever the final results, we will have had a major say in the outcomes.”

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    Virginia21 is a non-partisan non-profit organization that engages young people in the political process by providing information, directing advocacy, and coordinating political action on a non-partisan issue platform. With chapters all around the Commonwealth and members in every legislative district, Virginia21 has engaged over 100,000 young people in the political process since its founding 15 years ago making it the most successful advocate for young voters in the nation.