A Black Night For Donald Trump: Setback At The Polls And a Test For 2020

Donald Trump pointed to the place where journalists were located and told the crowd that he lived in Kentucky: "If they lose, they will say that Trump suffered the most important defeat in world history." And the president added: "You must not let this happen to me, and you must not let this happen in this incredible state."

But it happened. Despite the warnings days ago of the head of the White House, Republicans would have lost on Tuesday the elections for governor in Kentucky, a state in which they had swept in 2016 by more than 30 points. In a very tight count, the Democrats were already given by winners by 5000 votes and, even if they finally lose, the result so even in that place is already a triumph.

The ruling party was also defeated in Virginia, where the Democrats regained supremacy in the local Congress, something that had not happened for 25 years.

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It was the first elections after the presidential impeachment process was launched by the "Ukrainegate". Beyond the final vote count, Tuesday's was a black election night for the president and he undoubtedly turns on the alarms of the ruling party for the re-election of the tycoon in November next year.

Trump had only one joy: in Mississippi, a state that had won by 18 points in 2016, his governor candidate prevailed. While some Trump allies rushed to rate the defeat of trump player Matt Bevin in Kentucky as a mere accident of a controversial candidate, other Republicans were very concerned about the outcome in that state they controlled comfortably and in which the president was doing campaign personally days ago. In addition, it is the district of Senate Republican Chief Mitch McConnell.

The result is full of doubts to Republicans, who are going through a complicated period in which their candidate is subject to an impeachment process. While Trump still has control of the party and lawmakers continue to line up behind the president, several can now question whether they can continue to defend him while retaining the votes of the suburbs inside the country, which were key to Trump's victory in 2016. .

Former head of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, said "losing the governorship in Kentucky is a slap in the face for Mitch McConnell and the president, and also a warning call."

Another result was surprise: in a historic Virginia election, the Democrats assumed control of the State Senate and the House of Representatives for the first time in 25 years, in a new blow for Republicans who could now see a parliament that approves sensitive issues such as greater control of weapons or increase of the minimum wage.

The Democratic triumphs in Kentucky and Virginia were based primarily on the fact that voters in suburban areas were inclined to oppose this time, a trend that, if maintained, could complicate Trump's aspirations, which was very strong in that sector. It was also noted that the Democrats were driven by a strong mobilization, especially in the most affluent areas of large cities, a dynamic that may be key for the presidential elections in November 2020.

The bad news for Republicans also came Tuesday night from some suburban counties in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a state that was key in Trump's rise to the White House: this time the Democrats won at those traditionally red bastions.

Trump had campaigned claiming that the impeachment process had "angered" the majority of the country. Although the polls say that the population is divided on the subject, at the time of voting it seems that – at least for now – he chose to punish the president.

Washington, correspondent

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