Election Night 2017 Was Defined By Progressive Victories & Twitter Is Ecstatic
On Tuesday evening, the results of many state and local elections around the country were revealed — and they were a cause for celebration for many. Indeed, Democrats swept two gubernatorial races and a key mayoral race, and made significant gains in state legislatures, particularly in the battleground state of Virginia. As a result of these victories, many people were celebrating — and sharing optimistic tweets about Election Night 2017 to express their hope for the future.
In Virginia, Democrats swept the state, winning the governorship in a hotly contested race, as well as the offices of Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General; Democrats also flipped and secured several seats in the Virginia state legislature. These victories in the state is largely perceived as a referendum on Trump — and an indication of disapproval of his administration. Outside of Virginia, a Democrat was also elected Governor of New Jersey and Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, was re-elected Mayor of New York by a significant margin.
Many experts noted that these victories, as well as several other Democratic victories in local elections, bode well for the future of the party in 2018 midterm elections. As Business Insider reported, Dave Wasserman, a polling expert and an editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, noted on Twitter that the future looks bright for the party.
Thus, Tuesday's elections gave many people a renewed sense of hope and excitement for the future, something which is reflected in their exuberant social media posts.
If you missed all the election excitement, lemme catch you up. pic.twitter.com/Ij1wBFhe6r— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 8, 2017
Many people were singing the night's praises.
A Sikh brother was just elected mayor of a city in America.— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) November 8, 2017
This is a huge deal for our community.
We've been here for more than a century and have felt invisible and neglected.
Things might finally be changing for us.
Thank you, Ravi. Thank you, America. pic.twitter.com/fwYbISFpZl
Professor Simran Jeet Singh, who often writes on issues of religion, expressed hope for the future after Ravinder Bhalla, a Sikh councilman in Hoboken, New Jersey, was elected as city mayor.
god. im so pumped right now. i gotta go give a pepsi to a cop— BAKoON (@BAKKOOONN) November 8, 2017
This Twitter user expressed her post-election excitement with a light-hearted reference to Pepsi's controversial commercial.
A Night Of Firsts
Wow! Charlotte elected their *first* African American Female Mayor, Vi Lyles! #Election2017— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) November 8, 2017
There were many ground-breaking victories on Tuesday that will impact the future for the better.
The Greatest Week For Democracy
If Swift’s album bombs on Friday this might be 2017’s greatest week for progressive democracy— devon мαℓoney ✨ (@dynamofire) November 8, 2017
Journalist Devon Maloney reflected on this week's possibilities for greatness.
Repudiation of Trumpian politics: The two Asian American candidates targeted in this mailer both won election tonight to the Edison, NJ school board 1/2 pic.twitter.com/BcciUcT023— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) November 8, 2017
It's an especially sweet victory when both candidates targeted in a hate-filled mailer win their elections regardless.
Charting New Territory
You guys they just elected a lesbian to town council in my good-old-boy-dominated hometown and I’m married to her. What. 🌈🦄🔥💫— Lissa Harris (@lissaharris) November 8, 2017
This woman expressed pride and astonishment that her wife was elected to town council in a traditionally conservative area.
I love it when racists are unhappy.— Nicole Chung (@nicole_soojung) November 8, 2017
Journalist Nicole Chung plainly expressed the sentiments of many regarding election night.
38 year old Melvin Carter just became the first Black Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/rreMZAfBNa— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 8, 2017
This photo of Melvin Carter, elected the first Black Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, exemplifies the history that was made on Tuesday.
A Poem For Victory
This Twitter account shared a creative ode to progressive victories.
A Powerful Message
Thank you Virginia & New Jersey for sending a powerful message - Trumpism, cultural division & racism are not winning strategies & will not be who we are! #ElectionNight— Tanya (@tgreene319) November 8, 2017
Many believed that Tuesday's votes were very much a condemnation of conservatism and the Trump administration.
The Difference A Year Makes
Election night 2016 v 2017 pic.twitter.com/ofD4CSRz7G— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) November 8, 2017
Akilah Hughes, a comedian and internet personality, offered a striking visual of people's mentalities on Election Night 2016 versus Election Night 2017.
Women Handled Business
VA Dems, particularly women, handled business tonite-they told the GOP that if you run a White Nationalist race, you'll get shut down. #ElectionNight— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) November 8, 2017
This Twitter user praised women for using their voices and votes to enact change on Tuesday.
More history tonight.— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 8, 2017
Can’t remember seeing so many women and especially women of color winning on election night. https://t.co/DRSPhkKp1t
Amy Siskind, of women's advocacy organization The New Agenda, reflected on the ground-breaking nature of Tuesday's elections, particularly when it came to women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals securing electoral victories.
Feeling Good On Election Night
I am not capable yet of processing and accepting good election night news. Can we do tonight like 5 or 10 more times so I learn how to feel again?— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) November 8, 2017
Radio host and commentator Jay Smooth appeared astonished to be receiving good news after the country voted.
Election Night Feels Different This Year
Well, this election night certainly feels different than last year. Thank fucking goodness. #TheResistance— Jill Smokler (@smoklerjill) November 8, 2017
Writer and editor Jill Smokler expressed the sentiments of many when comparing this year's election to last year's.
Thanks To Hillary Clinton
This Twitter account expressed gratitude to Clinton for encouraging persistence in the face of hardship.
My Hillary champagne from election night is getting impatient. She wants to breathe. pic.twitter.com/IdUgr0xD1m— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) October 29, 2017
Comedian Jen Kirkman implied that, on Tuesday, she finally brought out the champagne she had intended to drink if Clinton had secured victory in the presidential election.
Finally Getting Representation
Seeing these election results with so many transgender, women, and POC candidates winning and finally getting representation they've long deserved has me all like: pic.twitter.com/MEpPVB45a9— Ian D (@dixonij) November 8, 2017
This man shared a fitting meme to capture his excitement about the many victories for women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals on Tuesday.
Humanity Is Not Up For Debate
Many of tonight’s races were won by POC (esp. black women) & LGBT candidates, the people whom Trump and his base demonize as “lesser”. This election was voters saying “fck you, my humanity is not up for debate.” 🗽🇺🇸🏳️🌈— Joyce Millman (@joycemillman) November 8, 2017
Many believed that Tuesday's election made a powerful statement.
Today Is A Testament Of Our Power
First female mayor— Samy Nemir Olivares (@Samynemir) November 8, 2017
First trans legislator
First trans women of color
Dems all over the country
Hillary Clinton might have not won the Electoral College, but a year after the election, today is a testament of our true power & that we can & we will win. #ElectionDay
Activist and advocate Sammy Nemir Olivares listed the many monumental firsts that occurred on Tuesday.
Reclaiming Our Time
Watching election results roll in, I’m happy. For the first time in a year. To the day. Women made history tonight, flipping many red seats blue and breaking through glass ceilings and social barriers#ReclaimingOurTime— Yolian Ogbu (@yolian_ogbu) November 8, 2017
This woman expressed the sentiments of many in sharing her pride regarding the ways in which women made history in Tuesday's elections.
Overall, Tuesday's many progressive electoral victories certainly inspired many exuberant and emotional tweets — and made many people excited about prospects for the future.