Photos: Democrats Win Key Races in Virginia and New Jersey

Bloomberg News

The only two governors’ races in the U.S. this year ended in victory for Democrats, as voters turned away from Republicans aligned with President Donald Trump and set up a fight for his party’s hold on Congress in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

In Virginia, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam beat former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie on the strength of suburban voters, who delivered a bigger win for Northam than the state gave Hillary Clinton in 2016. In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to take over the seat held by Trump ally Chris Christie.

 

 

Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam celebrates his election victory with his wife Pam, right, daughter Aubrey, behind her, and Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, at Northam's election night party in Fairfax, Virginia, on Nov. 7, 2017.

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Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks to supporters on Nov. 7, in Richmond, Virginia.

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New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial victor Phil Murphy, right, and Lieutenant Governor-elect Sheila Oliver wave to supporters as balloons drop during their election night victory party at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, on Nov. 7, in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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Republican Kim Guadagno, who lost the race to be governor of New Jersey, wades through the crowd after giving her concession speech on Nov. 7, in Aberdeen, New Jersey. 

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Democratic Lieutenant Governor-elect Justin Fairfax greets supporters in Fairfax, Virginia, on Nov. 7.

Photographer: Cliff Owen/AP Photo

Danica Roem, center, is greeted by supporters in Manassas, Virginia, on Nov. 7. Roem will represent Virginia’s 13th legislative district as the nation’s first openly transgender state lawmaker. 

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Bob Marshall, the GOP incumbent who lost his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to Roem, votes at Signal Hill Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, on Nov. 7.

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Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, left, gives a thumbs-up to a supporter at an election night party on Nov. 7. Seattle voters will get a female mayor for the first time in 90 years, choosing between former U.S. attorney Durkan and community activist Cary Moon.

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Northam supporters celebrate in Fairfax, Virginia, as early projections indicate he will triumph. 

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A woman cries happily in Fairfax as it is announced on television news that Northam has won Virginia's gubernatorial election, on Nov. 7.

Photographer: Cliff Owen/AP Photo