RICHMOND, Va. US suburbs appear to be in rebellion against President Trump after a coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities gave the Republican Party an overwhelming rejection on Tuesday and propelled a diverse class of Democrats to the presidency.
From tax-obsessed suburbs of New York City to high-tech neighborhoods outside of Seattle and the polyglot developments of Fairfax and Prince William County, Virginia, voters rejected Republicans in the elections out of the year. Leaders of both parties said the election was an unmistakable bell for Republicans before the 2018 campaign, when party control in the House of Representatives may depend on socially moderate and multi-ethnic communities near major cities. .
“The voters are annoying the president, and the only way they can do that is by chasing the Republicans on the ballot,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, Republican of Pennsylvania.
The conquests of the Democrats signaled a deep alienation from the Republican Party among the kind of high-level moderates that were once the center of their coalition.
The Democrats not only swept Virginia’s state careers but approached a majority in the House of Delegates, a legislative chamber that was rigged to make the Republican majority virtually unassailable. They seized the county executive offices in the counties of Westchester and Nassau, NY, and held major municipal elections in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Manchester, NH, all races that seemed to favor Republicans just a few months ago. .