Democrat Murphy ends long Republican reign in New Jersey

World | 8 Nov 2017 6:42 pm

In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy (pictured), trounced Republican lieutentnant governor Kim Guadagno, who served under the term-limited, deeply unpopular Republican governor, Chris Christie.

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker, among several Democrats weighing a presidential bid in 2020, cast his party’s gubernatorial victories in New Jersey and Virginia as "the very first statewide rebuttal of the Trump administration.”

"We will not succumb to the politics of fear,” Booker declared.

The day also exposed deepening regional divisions between America’s two major political parties.

Democrats picked up one state Senate seat in Washington state, which flipped control of the state legislature from Republicans to Democrats. In so doing, Democrats now control every governor’s office and state legislature on the West Coast. While Democrats also control a cluster of state governments in the Northeast, Republicans, however control state legislatures across the entire South, all but one state in the Midwest and the vast majority of the mountain West.-AP

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