The results are in. Democrat Ralph Northam won the Virginia governor’s election as fellow party member Phil Murphy won in New Jersey. The races were closely watched by both parties looking for a snapshot of the political landscape before the 2018 midterm elections. In Virginia it was a war of populist messages on illegal immigration and social issues against hopes to unite those dissatisfied with President Donald Trump’s first year in office. “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” tweeted Trump after the Republican’s loss.