Why did Ralph Northam win Virginia's gubernatorial last night by nearly ten points? Black, Asian, and Latinx voters, and especially black women.
Gillespie won both white men and...surprise!...white women (Nobody should be surprised by this, actually.) It wasn't women who gave Ralph Northam the win, it was women of color who gave him the win. Among white voters, who still made up two-thirds of voters last night, Gillespie had a cake walk and won going away.
Enough black voters turned out to not only stop Gillespie cold, but to pick up the seats they needed in order to, along with Northam's win and Democrat Justin Fairfax's win as the state's new black Lt. Governor, take control of the state's House of Delegates in a 50-50 split by picking up a whopping 16 seats.
Northam has about an 8.5% win. That's pretty much the exact margin black women gave him overall. Without black women, this is a tie race. With them, Northam won easily.
Oh, and with Dems winning the Washington State Senate special election and New Jersey's gubernatorial race, that's three states last night that went from split to Democratic control.
Maine too voted to expand Medicaid. Overwhelmingly.
The lesson is when black voters show up, Democrats win and win BIG. We know this. What I don't know why we're trying to worry about winning back white men who voted for Republicans by a 27 point margin. Get more black votes out. Fight voter suppression. Jesus, it's not multi-variable calculus, guys.
Republicans know this lesson well and have been trying to disenfranchise black voters for decades exactly because they know black voters win election for Dems because we vote for Dems. Duh.
Why some Democrats still yet don't understand this, I'll never know.