Republican Glenn Youngkin expected to win Virginia’s gubernatorial race

Republican Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity director running his first campaign for a political office, will be the next governor of Virginia, ABC News has projected.

ABC News also predicted Republican Winsome Sears, a former member of the House of Delegates, as the winner of the lieutenant-governor race, but has not yet predicted the race for the Attorney General.

“We still have a lot of votes to count, we got about 18% of the votes out, so we keep counting the votes because every single Virginia deserves to have their vote counted,” McAuliffe said.

Youngkins ‘expected victory over McAuliffe, a longtime constituent of Democratic politics and a former Commonwealth governor, marks the first time a Republican has won the gubernatorial election since 2009, and the end of Democrats’ trifecta government control of Richmond.

It’s also a warning shot to the Democrats a year after the 2022 midterm elections.

The race, nationalized by the candidates themselves, was seen by most as a referendum on President Joe Biden and a bell for next year’s contests when Democrats have to defend their slim majority in Parliament and the Senate with history already against them.

Voting after the poll showed Republican voters felt more excited to run in this election than Democratic voters, and up until the election, Youngkin was able to turn the race into a dead race.

He centered his concluding message on parents’ right to influence their child’s education, accusing McAuliffe of wanting to “put government between parents and our children” after he said during the closing debate that he did not “think parents should be tell the schools what to teach. “

Youngkin also promised to raise the standard of schools, keep them open to personal instruction in the midst of the pandemic, and ban critical race theory from being taught in elementary and 12 schools, even if it is not in the curriculum.

McAuliffe called Youngkins’ concluding message about education divisive, saying, “He has pitted parents against parents. He has parents against teachers, and he brings his personal cultural wars into our classrooms.”

But according to exit polls, Youngkin’s message seems to have resonated with voters in Virginia – about half say parents should have “a lot” of influence on what their child’s school learns – and can now serve as a plan for Republican candidates who competes in blue. areas of the country.

McAuliffe, who essentially ran as the established in the race, promised to build on the Democrats’ results over the past eight years, beginning only under his administration. He made promises such as raising the minimum wage and teacher salaries, making health care more affordable and requiring vaccinations for nurses, doctors and teachers.

On every occasion, McAuliffe and his ally Youngkin tied to the former president, whom Virginia voters rejected by a margin of 10 points in 2020. Trump supported Youngkin after winning the nomination and never campaigned directly with him, but that did not stop McAuliffe from to connect them as one in the same.

The former president took partial credit for Youngkins’ expected victory, saying in a statement: “I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in power and voting for Glenn Youngkin. Without you, he would not have been close to winning.”

He mocked McAulife’s strategy of connecting Youngkin with Trump.

“It seems that Terry McAuliffe’s campaign against a certain person named ‘Trump’ has greatly helped Glenn Youngkin. All McAuliffe did was talk about Trump, Trump, Trump and he lost!” said Trump in another statement. “I did not even have to go to the rally for Youngkin, because McAuliffe did it for me.”

McAuliffe’s apparent defeat on Tuesday is the latest indication that attempts to exploit voters’ disapproval of Trump may not be a winning strategy for Democrats – especially when faced with headwinds from an unpopular president and a locked agenda in Washington. According to exit polls, 54% of voters reject Biden’s job performance, and nearly twice as many “strongly” reject his work in office than strongly approve.


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