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US President Donald Trump’s election victory has galvanized the US Democratic Party, resulting in recent Republican defeats in gubernatorial and mayoral elections, according to an American analyst.
Despite enjoying direct support from Trump, Republican contenders this week lost three major head to head battles with their Democratic rivals in the gubernatorial and mayoral elections of New York, New Jersey and Virginia.
Trump put much effort into getting Republican Ed Gillespie elected as Virginia’s next governor but his hopes were crushed after Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee, emerged as the winner in the Tuesday vote.
The other major defeat for the Trump camp on Tuesday happened in New York City, where Democrat Bill de Blasio was comfortably re-elected as the mayor of Trump’s hometown.
Elaborating on Northam’s win over his Republican rival in Virginia, Keith Preston chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com, told Press TV that two trends have influenced the outcome of the race. The first is the general backlash against Trump’s presidency that has galvanized progressive political forces. The second is the changing demographics of the region in favor of immigrants and multi-culturalism.
Preston said that although Trump’s presidential victory was a shock to many, Democrats were in an overall superior position compared to their conservative rivals, and therefore the gubernatorial victories of Democrats would carry on and influence future elections in favor of Democrats.
“What happened in this particular election is a backlash against the Donald Trump election last year,” Preston said.
“The Democrats and Democratic Party voters were particularly galvanized to get out the vote and try to win as many seats as possible,” he added.