Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on last night’s election results:
“If there is one thing that is clear, it’s that 2013 was a great year to run as a Democrat. Across the country, we saw Democratic candidates secure victories up and down the ballot, and that’s because our candidates are speaking to the American people, advocating for the issues they care about and working toward common sense solutions to the issues we face as a nation.
“On behalf of Democrats across the country, I congratulate the next governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Governor-elect Ralph Northam on their victories last night. They proved yet again that Democratic priorities like creating jobs, investing in education for our children and providing quality healthcare for all our citizens are what the American people are looking for in their elected leaders. In Virginia, we saw voters reject the extreme Tea Party politics that caused our government to shut down and drove our economy to the brink of collapse.
“Americans across the country, in cities from St Petersburg, to Atlanta, to Houston elected Democrats to serve as their mayors. In New York, we saw an historic mayoral election, and I congratulate Bill de Blasio on his victory as the first Democratic Mayor of New York City to be elected in almost 25 years. And in New Jersey, despite a Republican gubernatorial candidate who won on style over substance, the people of New Jersey voted for a Democratic state legislature to fight for the issues most important to the state and for an increase in the minimum wage.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be Chair of the Democratic National Committee tonight, and I look forward to working with all of our newly elected and reelected candidates. As we turn toward the 2014 election cycle, we have momentum and are more unified than ever. We know that as a country we have big challenges ahead, and that there are crucially important elections just around the corner, but what we saw tonight makes me confident that we, as Democrats, will continue to nominate and elect candidates who will fight for middle class families nationwide and continue to move our country forward. ”