U.S. Democrats scored big election victories in the poll held on November 7, in a vote that has no repercussions at the federal level but gives an important signal on the mood of the American electorate at one year from the election of Donald Trump. Ralph Northam and Phil Murphy beat their Republican opponents, winning Virginia and New Jersey. What is striking is not only the political recovery of the Democrats, who regained New Jersey, but also the anti-Trump tone of many voters. In Virginia, the big news is the election of Danica Roem, the first transgender candidate in American history to have won a seat in the House of Delegates. Danica Roem. The two polls were regarded as the first major electoral test for an embattled Donald Trump, currently on an official tour of Asia, whose popularity is at an all-time low. The electoral campaign also saw Barack Obama playing an active role. Northam's victory is considered particularly significant because the contest seemed to be hanging in the balance, and American commentators think this could be an important signal in the run-up to the mid-term elections.