With November rolling in just a few short days ago, it’s becoming easier to get a look at politics throughout 2017 and how they stand to impact the coming year. As most people would agree, the year started out with a bang — Trump won the Presidency despite many polls showing a much different outcome. Eleven months later into the year, Trump’s approval rating is suffering and Democrats seem to be making at least a small comeback. Is the shift turning the tide against Trump, or is this a temporary blip on the radar? Significant wins for the Democrats in several states during Tuesday’s election make the answer questionable. The picture isn’t always as clear as it seems at first glance.
Key Facts in 2017 Election Results
- Virginia Democrats, led by Ralph Northam, swept the state elections with a remarkable 54 percent of the vote. The win unseated Republican Ed Gillespie, who Trump later criticized for the loss. The POTUS tweeted his thoughts shortly after the results were released to the public. “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for.”
- New Jersey also saw a win for the Democrats, with Goldman-Sachs executive, Phil Murphy, defeating Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to take his seat. Many political analysts believe Guadagno’s connection to the controversial and scandal-riddled Governor Chris Christie played a role in her loss.
- In Maine, a vote to expand Medicaid throughout the state passed despite repeated attempts from Republican Gov. Paul LePage to veto the vote. Approximately 60 percent of Maine’s voter base approved the measure, bringing Maine in line with 32 state predecessors who have approved the same move. The change will ensure that people with incomes as high as 138 percent of the poverty level have preserved insurance access.
- In the west, Washington State saw a significant increase in support for Democrat Manka Dhingra, with early Tuesday polls showing that she had approximately 55 percent of the vote. She finished up the night with a win at a remarkable total of 55.5 percent.
- The shift to Democratic representation in the west coast evens the balance between Republicans and Democrats, but don’t call it an ousting just yet — Republicans still hold seats in approximately 26 states across the continental USA. The shift mostly represents a change to full Democratic representation in west coast states, rather than across the country.
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What are your thoughts on the election results?