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Partisan divide grows in U.S. states, with mixed results

By in Press Enterprise on November 12, 2017

By The Associated Press

  • New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy leaps as he jumps onto the stage at his victory party Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Asbury Park, N.J. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

  • Democratic Atlantic City Council President Frank Gilliam Jr., right, celebrates with supporters in his Atlantic City N.J. campaign headquarters after declaring victory in the Nov. 7, 2017 election. His Democratic opponent, incumbent Mayor Don Guardian, conceded defeat. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Democratic Atlantic City Council President Frank Gilliam Jr., right, celebrates with supporters in his Atlantic City N.J. campaign headquarters after declaring victory in the Nov. 7, 2017 election. His Democratic opponent, incumbent Mayor Don Guardian, conceded defeat. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

  • Supporters of NJ gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, celebrates watch returns come in for Democratic candidates in New Jersey after while wait for Murphy to address his supporters after defeating his opponent, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Amy Newman/The Record via AP)

    Supporters of NJ gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, celebrates watch returns come in for Democratic candidates in New Jersey after while wait for Murphy to address his supporters after defeating his opponent, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Amy Newman/The Record via AP)

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By RACHEL LA CORTE and DAVID A. LIEB

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Democrats have hit the political trifecta in New Jersey and Washington state, seizing complete control of the governor’s office and legislative chambers in the 2017 elections.

Time to let fly with a big liberal agenda? Maybe, but taking a few modest steps to the left is probably more realistic.

In a decade that has seen a resurgence of American political polarization, two-thirds of all state governments now will be fully controlled […]    

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