Democrat Victories Seen as Momentum for Midterm Elections

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Gun-control activists, Obamacare supporters, immigrant-rights advocates, environmentalists, gay rights activists — every part of the Democratic coalition — claimed momentum Wednesday in the wake of stunning victories in the off-year elections.

And though no federal offices were at stake, the fallout could reach deep into Capitol Hill, where Democrats said they’re newly energized in their battle against the GOP’s tax-cut bill, and warned Republicans to heed the signs out of Virginia.

Given a choice between a pro-Obamacare candidate in Ralph Northam and a tax-cutting candidate in GOP nominee Ed Gillespie, voters picked Mr. Northam, who shellacked Mr. Gillespie while posting the largest Democratic victory in …

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