Bầu thống đốc: Phe Dân chủ thắng lớn ở Virginia, New Jersey
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Thứ tư, 08 Tháng 11 2017 09:34

 

KH: Cuộc bầu cử thống đốc hôm 7 tháng 11 đã giành được cho phe Dân chủ hai chức vụ thống đốc ở Virginia và New Jersey. Ở Virginia ưcv Dân chủ Ralph Northam, cũng là phó Thống đốc, đã thắng ưcv Cộng hòa Ed Gillespie trong cuộc bầu thay thế Thống đốc Dân chủ Terry McAuliffe mãn nhiệm. Ở New Jersey ưcv Dân chủ Phil Murphy thắng ưcv Cộng hòa Kim Guadagno; bà Kim Guadagno cũng là phó Thống đốc, bị ảnh hưởng nặng bởi điểm thấp của Thống đốc Chris Christie sau tám năm tại nhiệm.

 

Đây là cuộc bầu cử thay thế các thống đốc mãn nhiệm, nhưng phe nào thắng cũng đều muốn tuyên bố thắng lợi đối với chính quyền Trump. Phe Cộng hòa nếu thắng sẽ làm tăng uy thế cho các dân biểu và thượng nghị sĩ Cộng hòa dòng chính vốn đã và đang có những bất đồng chính sách đối với hành pháp Độc lập Trump. Chúng tôi đăng bản tin của VOA News Democrats Notch Big Wins in Virginia, New Jersey.

 

 

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Supporters celebrate news that Democrat Ralph Northam won the gubernatorial election, at the Northam for Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Nov. 7, 2017


 

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Democrats Notch Big Wins in Virginia, New Jersey

 

Tuesday delivered a string of high-profile victories for Democrats in gubernatorial races.

 

Democrat Ralph Northam decisively won the Virginia governor’s race in what had become a nail-biter of a contest, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie in the election to replace outgoing Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.

 

Northam, currently Virginia's lieutenant governor, held a comfortable lead in many voter opinion surveys until Gillespie launched a series of television ads attacking Northam on such issues as gang crime, immigration and preserving statues honoring Virginians when the Commonwealth and other southern states broke away from northern states during the 19th-century era American Civil War -- tactics similar to those used by Donald Trump in his successful 2016 White House bid.

 

 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy arrives to a campaign event in Edison, N.J., Nov. 6, 2017. Murphy prevailed Nov. 7 in the race to replace Republican Governor Chris Christie.

 

"Today, Virginians have answered, and have spoken -- Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry, and to end the politics that have torn this country apart," Northam said in his victory speech. "We need to close the wounds that divide and bring unity to Virginia."

 

Northam's victory led a Democratic sweep of all statewide races in the Commonwealth, including the offices lieutenant governor and attorney general. The party also posted several upset legislative victories, winning 14 seats in the House of Delegates, just three seats shy of wresting control from Republicans. The Democratic victors included Danica Roem, who beat veteran lawmaker Robert Marshall to become the Commonwealth's first openly transgender elected official. Marshall was known as a strong opponent of gay and lesbian rights.

 

Trump, who is on a 12-day five nation trip to Asia, vouched for Gillespie in a series of tweets early Tuesday. But that changed after Northam's victory was apparent:

 

"Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for," the president tweeted from South Korea. "Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!"

 

In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy prevailed as expected over Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in the race to replace outgoing Republican Governor Chris Christie. Guadagno was hurt by her association with Christie, a candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, whose approval rating have hit a record low as he finishes his eight years in office.

 

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Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, and his wife, Pam, cast their ballots at the East Ocean View Community Center in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 7, 2017

 

Murphy, who served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Germany, has touted a liberal agenda that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, increasing taxes on millionaires, boosting funding for schools and legalizing marijuana.

 

Tuesday's balloting provides an important early indication of how the electorate views President Trump, as the Republican and Democratic parties try to gain momentum before next year's mid-term elections. The victories in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as other states and localities, will surely boost morale among Democrats still reeling over Trump's upset win over Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential campaign.

 

Republicans were hoping wins will help soothe intra-party bickering between Trump and key congressional Republicans.

 

 

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