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.
You can't really look at tonight's results and conclude that Democrats are anything other than the current favorites to pick up the U.S. House in 2018.
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.
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.
This Twitter user expressed her post-election excitement with a light-hearted reference to Pepsi's controversial commercial.
A Night Of Firsts
There were many ground-breaking victories on Tuesday that will impact the future for the better.
The Greatest Week For Democracy
Journalist Devon Maloney reflected on this week's possibilities for greatness.
It's an especially sweet victory when both candidates targeted in a hate-filled mailer win their elections regardless.
Charting New Territory
This woman expressed pride and astonishment that her wife was elected to town council in a traditionally conservative area.
Journalist Nicole Chung plainly expressed the sentiments of many regarding election night.
This photo of Melvin Carter, elected the first Black Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, exemplifies the history that was made on Tuesday.
A Powerful Message
Many believed that Tuesday's votes were very much a condemnation of conservatism and the Trump administration.
The Difference A Year Makes
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
This Twitter user praised women for using their voices and votes to enact change on Tuesday.
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
Radio host and commentator Jay Smooth appeared astonished to be receiving good news after the country voted.
Election Night Feels Different This Year
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.
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
This man shared a fitting meme to capture his excitement about the many victories for women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals on Tuesday.
Today Is A Testament Of Our Power
Activist and advocate Sammy Nemir Olivares listed the many monumental firsts that occurred on Tuesday.
Reclaiming Our Time
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.