Healthcare was deciding factor in Virginia, New Jersey gubernatorial races, exit polls find

Democrats won governorships in Virginia and New Jersey Tuesday, and voters leaving the polls cited healthcare as the most important issue when picking a candidate, according to ABC News.

In Virginia, former Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, MD, defeated Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump. When given a list of five issues they considered most important, a majority of Virginia voters selected healthcare. Of those voters, 77 percent favored Mr. Northam on the issue.

In New Jersey, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, D, prevailed over former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, R. The most pressing issue for New Jersey voters was corruption, but the second most important topic was healthcare. On both issues, voters who took exit polls favored Mr. Murphy.

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