Tide turns against Trump as Democrats beat Republicans in telling mid-term elections

Tide turns against Trump as Democrats beat Republicans in telling mid-term elections
Disgust at Trump's Republicans has seen New York re-elect its first Democrat mayor in 32 years, while in Virginia the first openly transgender delegate also won.
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08 November, 2017
Democrats are on the roll after stunning mid-term victories [Getty]
A backlash to President Donald Trump's divisive form of politics has seen the Democrats win two important mid-term elections that highlight the growing unpopularity of the ruling Republican Party.

New York re-elected a Democrat mayor for the first time in 32 years as progressive politics trumped the hardline president's party.

Meanwhile in Virginia, an American Democrat made history  by becoming the state - and possibly the nation's - first openly transgender state delegate, winning her bid for a seat in the legislature.

Musician and former journalist Danica Roem, 33, beat Republican Robert Marshall, who has served as a delegate for a quarter century and once referred to himself as Virginia's "chief homophobe".

Many are celebrating the victory which highlights growing anger at President Trump's confrontational, right-wing form of government.

"Tonight voters chose a smart, solutions-oriented trans leader over a divisive anti-LGBTQ demagogue, sending a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation," Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund President Aisha Moodie-Mills said in a statement.

In New York, Democrat Bill de Blasio won comfortably against Republican contender Nicole Malliotakis fighting a pro-immigration platform and a fairer society.

"Tonight, New York City sent a message to the White House," de Blasio told his victory party in Brooklyn.

"Our message was this: you can't take on New York values and win, Mr president. If you turn against the values of your hometown, your hometown will fight back," he said to cheers and applause.

In Virginia, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam defeated his Republican rival Ed Gillespie, while a Democratic win is also predicted in New Jersey.