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DGA Statement on Ralph Northam’s Victory in VA

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DGA Chair Governor Dan Malloy (D-CT) issued the following statement on Ralph Northam’s victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race:
“Congratulations to Governor-elect Ralph Northam on his victory tonight in Virginia,” said Gov. Malloy. “Ralph ran a strong campaign and will continue the economic progress the Commonwealth has made over the last four years under Governor Terry McAuliffe. This was the top race of the year for the DGA and we are excited that Virginia will remain blue for four more years. 
“This election sends a clear message to every Republican running in 2018 that the Trump playbook of race-baiting does not work. Ralph Northam had a message of bringing economic opportunity to all Virginians, while Ed Gillespie tried to divide Virginia communities. If Republicans choose to run on the divisive Trump playbook in 2018, they will be rejected by voters.”
“This is a major victory for the Democratic Governors Association. The DGA invested $7 million into this campaign and worked hand-in-hand with the Northam campaign on a record-setting GOTV effort. Tonight’s gubernatorial sweep of Virginia and New Jersey shows Democrats will be on offense heading into the 2018 races. President Trump’s deeply unpopular agenda combined with Republican candidates who refuse stand up to him, have Democrats poised for big gains next year.”