It’s an early election night for most of the country, as Democrats have won all the major races tonight. Democrat Phil Murphy won the governor’s house by a huge margin in New Jersey, and Ralph Northam is up around 9 points in Virginia, where he’s already been declared winner (and turnout was huge). Not only that, but the Dems are within striking distance of taking the Virginia House, where they began the day down 18 seats.
My colleague @notlarrysabato is reporting Virginia Democrats have flipped their 13th seat of the night. Now: 47D, 44R, 9 seats left to call.— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 8, 2017
Also Democrat Danica Roem (pictured above, she’s also in a metal band) defeated 26-year anti-LGBT incumbent Bob Marshall, becoming the first transgender person elected to VA’s state legislature.
One of those Democrats winning is Chris Hurst, who you may remember:
Democrat Chris Hurst, a former TV news anchor whose girlfriend was murdered on live TV in 2015, won his race for Virginia's House of Delegates on a platform to reduce gun violence.— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) November 8, 2017
This is an impressive stat:
Democrats and liberals turned out at their highest rates in New Jersey gubernatorial races since 1993, per exit poll data. Democrats accounted for 44% of voters, vs. Republicans’ 28%. https://t.co/ok08suoIvi— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 8, 2017
Also, liberals are winning elsewhere at the local level (here in Maine, it looks like Medicaid expansion is going to pass in a big way, making Maine the first state to expand Medicaid by ballot). Please share results — positive or negative — from your local elections in the comments.
Apple Cider Donuts: A Debate - (The Hairpin)
Alec Baldwin started a Twitter argument with Asia Argento and when things didn’t go his way, he calmly and rationally apologized. Hahahahaha, no he didn’t! He quit Twitter like a giant babyman. - (Lainey)
Sooooo, yesterday we reported that Someone Pay Attention to Me had changed his name to “Brother Love”. Now he says he was totes kidding about changing his name and the internet needs to just chill. Cool, cool, cool, Mr. to Me. How about we start calling you “Who?”, how’s that? - (Dlisted)
Like the writer of this article, I am also an only-child raised by a single parent, and I didn’t live with my husband until I was in my mid-40s, so I can identify with a lot of this. Not all of it, because I don’t have a penis, but a lot of it. When you live alone for a long period of time, everyone develops some embarrassing habits. - (Cracked)
Update on the status of Terry Crews’ assaulter, plus a bonus feel-good Terry Crews Is Goddamn Delightful story. - (Celebitchy)
Like many women (and probably some men) have been doing this year, Mila Kunis is making donations to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name, so he gets a “Thank you” note from PP (and will also likely show up as one of their largest donors for 2017). She’s also the face of Jim Beam. Now a bunch of Pence fans are yelling on Twitter about how they’re going to switch to Jack Daniels. - (THR)
Goldie Hawn has a foundation that helps children find solutions for their anxiety. Sounds like a great foundation! Goldie had a party for the foundation and she looked very Goldie. The other guests were quite a mixture of fashion. - (GFY)
William Boyd’s Any Human Heart asks the reader to consider what makes a life well-lived. Krieger_clone enjoyed the story of Logan Montstewart’s life told through journal entries. "The word to describe the scope of what Boyd has written here is ambition; a sweeping novel and I personally loved it." He also recommends the TV miniseries that features 2-time Pajiba 10 honoree Hayley Atwell. Who would play the love of your life on TV? (Cannonball Read 9)
I welcome our new crow overlords! (h/t meaux)