ELECTION 2017: Parties Watch for Wider Signals… POLL: Views of Dems Hit Low Mark

ELECTION 2017: Parties Watch for Wider Signals… Developing…

What to Watch as Virginia and New Jersey Votes Are Tallied

Both parties will be looking for signals about the landscape heading into next year’s midterms

Tuesday’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey are the first big, statewide elections since Donald Trump won the presidency. Both parties will be looking at the results for signals about the broader political landscape ahead of next year’s elections for the House and Senate.
For Republicans, a victory in Virginia would show that the party has power in a state that backed Democrats in the past three presidential elections. Democrats, having lost several special House elections this year, badly want to show that they can stay on top in Virginia and gain ground in New Jersey.

As the returns come in, the cities and counties below will give clues as to how these races might turn out.


POLL: Views of Dems hit low mark…

Washington (CNN)Favorable views of the Democratic Party have dropped to their lowest mark in more than a quarter century of polling, according to new numbers from a CNN poll conducted by SSRS.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bitterly fought governor’s race in Virginia leads a slate of state and local elections on Tuesday that offer an early test of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump’s political influence and possible strategies for both parties in next year’s midterm elections.

New Jersey voters are picking a new governor, to succeed outgoing Republican Chris Christie. Several big cities are selecting mayors, and conservative Utah is holding a special election to replace U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who stepped down before his term ended.

In Virginia, opinion polls show Democrat Ralph Northam has a slight edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in a nasty governor’s race that will offer clues about the U.S. political mood.


NJ Voters Worry About Taxes…

The winner of the election will inherit a state facing large and expensive problems, from underfunded public pensions to crumbling transportation infrastructure, at a time when the electorate is loath to accept more tax increases. The average residential property-tax bill in New Jersey has increased 32% during the past decade, reaching $8,200 in 2016, and public polls consistently have found that the state’s voters list taxes as their top concern.

NYC Keeps De Blasio?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City voters are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to give incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio a second term.
De Blasio faces Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island and several third-party candidates, including Independent candidate Bo Dietl, a businessman and former detective.

Test of Trump Impact

WASHINGTON — The governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey mark the latest test of President Trump’s impact on voters in the sort of heavily suburban and highly affluent areas that were once the bedrock of the Republican Party.

Neither of the Republican nominees, Ed Gillespie in Virginia and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in New Jersey, appeared with Mr. Trump during the race — the first time a sitting president did not campaign in at least one of the states during their governor’s races since President George W. Bush shunned the 2001 campaign after the Sept. 11 attacks.

But while keeping their distance from Mr. Trump, Ms. Guadagno and Mr. Gillespie, a former national party chairman, mimicked elements of the president’s hard-line statements. Both used provocative ads to accuse their Democratic rivals, Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam in Virginia and Philip Murphy in New Jersey, of being insufficiently tough on illegal immigration.