The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, gave a message to his Democratic supporters while celebrating the results of the state elections, on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Richmond.
Washington. Republican candidates on Tuesday suffered shameful defeats for the president of the United States, Donald Trump, who was personally involved in the election campaigns of two states one year after the presidential elections in which he will seek to be re-elected.
In a very divided country, these elections were highly anticipated and seen as a revealing test on the popularity of Trump, the fourth president of American history to be threatened by a process of impeachment for a case of pressure on Ukraine.RELATED
Ironing on the media frenzy, the president had called on Monday night to his constituents to go to the polls in Kentucky with words that could be premonitory: "If we lose, that would send a very bad message (…) They can not let that happens to me, "he said to 20,000 followers in that conservative state.
A day later, it is the Democratic candidate who starts the victory for the outgoing Republican governor.
The difference in votes is very narrow and Republican Matt Bevin has not admitted defeat in the middle of the night, despite statements by local electoral authorities.
The victory of Democrat Andy Beshear in that state where Trump took a 30-point lead to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in 2016 sends a strong message.
The president reacted on Twitter and said that Bevin "won at least 15 points in recent days." "But it may not be enough (and fake media will blame Trump)," he wrote.
Our big Kentucky Rally on Monday night had a massive impact on all of the races. The increase in Governors race was at least 15 points, and maybe 20! Will be in Louisiana for @EddieRispone on Wednesday night. Big rally!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
The Democrat was driven by a strong mobilization in the most affluent areas of big cities, a dynamic that can be key to the November 2020 presidential voting as well.
‘Make Trump shake’
In parallel, the Democrats regained control – for the first time in about 25 years – of the two chambers of the Virginia Assembly, according to media projections.
Having already the position of governor, the Democrats are thus made of all the main levels of power in that state after a campaign marked by the debate on firearms.
"This historic victory must shake Donald Trump and all Republicans," said Democratic Party President Tom Pérez.
"As we won tonight, we will beat Trump in a year," he said in a statement.
In Mississippi, the Republican candidate, Tate Reeves, seemed instead well positioned to stay with the governor before the centrist Democrat Jim Hood, anti-abortion and firearms.
Trump thus maintains the support of this conservative state that he won with an advantage of 18 points in 2016.
Tate Reeves, a Republican candidate for the Mississippi governorate, signed the voter registration after voting, on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in the city of Flowood.
But the dynamics were different in Virginia, a neighboring state of Washington and that Trump lost by five points in the presidential elections.
The balance is then perceived as disturbing to the president.
"I hope that everyone" in Virginia votes "to send a message to Washington," Trump had previously tweeted by placing that election as a symbol of defending the right to bear arms, reducing taxes and fighting illegal immigration
Trump, however, did not campaign in Virginia, as in Mississippi and Kentucky, where he sought to strengthen his enthusiastic electoral base by calling "send a message to the radical Democrats" and claiming that the legislative investigation with a view to a political trial in against him had "angered" the majority.