"We will fight for our issues and concerns regardless of the majority or the minority". While nearly half of voters said Trump didn't factor into their decision, those who said they showed up to show opposition to the president were more than double the number who said they voted to show support for Trump.
Republicans also took a beating in New York, where the GOP executives of suburban Westchester and Nassau counties were unseated by Democrats. Northam said he wants a tax overhaul that targets low-income Virginians, supports greater gun restrictions and abortion rights.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Fox News' homepage had just two references to the previous day's elections, both relegated to the page's periphery.
The victory in Virginia was less clear. What happened Tuesday was worse than normal. Because he was "scarcely a MAGA candidate". He speaks with authority and deep knowledge when he says, "Democrats are exceptionally energized".
Republicans should worry, especially when they look at the outcome in Greensboro's District 5 City Council race. Automatic voter registration, which began in Oregon and is now sweeping the country, increases turnout. He goes out of his way to voice his hostility to Steve Bannon.
Imagine three sad-faced clowns sitting backward on a drunken mule and trying to march it sideways through a coin-operated carwash without any money and you'll have a pretty good idea where the Republican tax-cut plan is right now. The contrast in the before and after reporting is stark.
Does that mean defeat for the GOP in 2018?
"Unless things change", he says, that could happen.
Several Democrats pointed to party unity as a powerful asset in Virginia.
Danica Roem, who beat GOP incumbent Robert G. Marshall in the race for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates, is greeted by supporters in Manassas on election night. As Trump himself put it in a particularly classless tweet immediately after the Virginia result, Gillespie "did not embrace me or what I stand for". It is getting more diverse every day. That, apparently, was a bust, at least in Virginia.
Kathy Tran, whose refugee parents brought her to the U.S. from Vietnam when she was an infant, will become the first Asian-American woman in the Virginia General Assembly.
Together with Gov. -elect Ralph Northam's win over the GOP's Ed Gillespie, a former corporate lobbyist and Washington insider, and key wins in other state legislatures, the victories have lifted Democratic hopes of even more success in next year's critical midterm elections.
The remaining 62 percent are not just "fed up".
But Landes said the positions he now holds are contingent upon appointment of the House Speaker. "That's why you're seeing such jubilation that maybe the tide is turning".
First, it's not going to be convincing to Trump-haters. It can be done incrementally.
But the next big test will be in Alabama on Dec. 12.
But if he keeps tweeting the way he does, the president will never win more friends in the Republican Party. Both candidates promised a continuation of the bleak suburbanization of the commonwealth that has continued apace under both Terry McAuliffe and Bob McDonnell.