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Big wins for Democrats raise warning signs for Republicans

VIDEO: Democrats win big on Election Day

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Election Day seemed to belong to the Democrats, creating a shift in momentum for the party.

"A very good night for Democrats, they won races they were supposed to win, they won some races that they weren't supposed to win," said Chris Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College.

Although this was an off-year election, Borick says the big wins for Democrats like in the New Jersey and Virginia Governor races are directly related to the way people view politics on a national scale.

"The results last night were not promising for the GOP and I think it raised some concerns going into 2018," he said.

Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican and current Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in the New Jersey Governor's race and in Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie.

Borick says the results were not surprising. He says elections right after a president comes into office aren't typically favorable to the president's party and that's the trend people saw in races at all levels.

"Even in the local races for county executive seats, Democrats did really well," said Borick.

As the 2018 election approaches, where Senate, House and more governor seats will be up for grabs, Borick says it will be interesting to watch the strategies from both sides of the aisle.

"You're going to have a lot of head-scratching and thinking about what comes next for both parties. Right now Democrats are feeling a little more upbeat than they were 24 hours ago, the Republicans feeling a little less upbeat."

For now, Borick says the Democrats are energized and optimistic while the Republican Party is faced with some serious warning signs for the future.

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