If we learned anything from the 2016 presidential election, it was that America was tired of establishment politicians, and was ready for an anti-establishment, Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders-type candidate. But this week’s Virginia primary elections seem to teach a different lesson entirely: On the Democratic side, the Bernie Sanders-backed Tom Perriello lost to establishment candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, while Trump-inspired Corey Stewart was defeated on the Republican side by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Was this a “buyer’s remorse” wave after 6 months of a scandal-ridden, anti-establishment presidency? Not exactly, since the Trump-inspired candidate barely lost despite going against someone with significantly more money and better name recognition, “suggesting that the Trump effect is alive and well in the state”, as Politico put it. But one thing Democrats can celebrate is the massive turnout, suggesting a re-energized base following the Party’s wave of defeats in recent elections.

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