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Virginia’s Gubernatorial Election: Republican Glenn Youngkin shocks McAuliffe, wins

Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled off the upset victory over Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's gubernatorial election.
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Glenn Youngkin shows Republicans the way to win

Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled off the upset victory over Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial election.
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Republican Glenn Youngkin succeeded in winning and achieving an upset for the ages Tuesday night, beating Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial election, a result that sent a political strong pressure wave across America before next year’s midterm elections.
In his victory declaration, delivered before a huge crowd amid loud roaring applause shortly after 1 a.m., Youngkin called his win a “defining moment” and pledge to “change the trajectory of this commonwealth.”
“On day one, we’re going to work,” Youngkin vowed. “We’re going to restore excellence in our schools … We’re going to embrace our parents, not ignore them.”
Just as Youngkin spoke, President Biden was going down the steps of Air Force One after returning to the US from Europe and landing in a very different political actuality.
Accompanied by 99 percent of the anticipated vote in, Youngkin had 50.7 percent of the vote estimated to 48.6 percent for McAuliffe, a margin of roughly 67,000 votes out of almost 3.3 million ballots cast.
Republicans as well had small leads in the races for Virginia’s two other statewide offices. Businesswoman and erstwhile Virginia House of Delegates member Winsome Sears the first black woman to win statewide office if she beats Democratic House of Delegates member Hala Ayala to emerge Virginia’s next lieutenant governor.
“I am at a loss for words for the first time in my life,” Sears, a one-time Marine, told the joyful crowd a short time before Youngkin spoke.

Youngkin awaits the results of the Virginia Gubernatorial race at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles on Nov. 02, 2021
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Youngkin speaks alongside his family at an election night party in Chantilly, Va. on Nov. 3, 2021.
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Republican Jason Miyares, a descendant of Cuban exiles, in the Virginia attorney general’s race, led Democrat Mark Herring, who was gunning for his third successive term in that office. Miyares would be the first Hispanic person to clench statewide office in Virginia.

An triumphantly happy Republican National Committee statement declared:

“The red wave is here!”

“This Republican sweep in Virginia is a resounding rebuke of the failed policies of Joe Biden and the Democrats,”

the RNC said Virginians – and Americans across the country – are unhappy with Biden’s alienating policies, unsuccessful leadership, and a Democrat agenda injuring working families. A Republican wave is coming in 2022, and Virginia is just the start.”

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Glenn Youngkin speaks at an election night party in Chantilly, Va. on Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Terry McAuliffe.
Glenn Youngkin shows Republicans the way to win
Running against a former governor in a state President Biden carried by 10 percentage points last year, Youngkin focused his campaign on winning back suburbanites alienated by former President Donald Trump.

He did that by keeping Trump at arm’s length all through the race and hammering McAuliffe on local issues like the economy and education, publicly recommending for more parental inclution in schools and vowing to ban the teaching of extreme race theory in K-12 classrooms.

Therefore, Youngkin shoot up big margins in traditionally Republican areas in the south and west of the commonwealth and accomplished well enough in Northern Virginia’s Democratic-leaning DC suburbs to score a victory that appeared
not likely even two months earlier, when one poll of likely voters had him trailing McAuliffe by 9 percentage points.

“I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin,”

Trump stated in an emailed declaration.

“Without you, he would not have been close to winning. The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before. Glenn will be a great governor. Thank you to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia and most particularly, to our incredible MAGA voters!”

Terry McAuliffe has yet to concede the race to Youngkin as of early Wednesday morning. AP

McAuliffe may have unintentionally given Youngkin a footing in the race during a Sept. 28 debate, when the topic turned to parental protestation to racially charged or sexually clear school curriculum materials.

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,”

the Democrat stated, giving Youngkin an opening to blame him of attempting to

“suppress and silence” parents so schools could push a “radical political agenda” in classrooms.

Two other events in early October gave Youngkin the chance to press the issue. First, on Oct. 4, Attorney General Merrick Garland declared that the FBI would take the lead in probing what he described

“a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

Days later, reports become known that the public school district in wealthy Loudoun County had concealed the sexual assault of a female high school student earlier this year. The girl’s father was apprehended when he attempted to challenge school board authorities about the claimed attack, an occurrence that was cited as likely domestic terrorism in a letter from the National School Boards Association to Garland days before the Oct. 4 statement.

“Terry McAuliffe has demonstrated that he cares more about his own career than he does for Virginians,”

Youngkin explained to Fox News in an discussion last week.

“He wants to put government between parents and their children. If he doesn’t like the answer, then all of a sudden, the FBI comes in and tries to silence them.”

That communication bore fruit in places like Loudoun County, where McAuliffe led Youngkin by 10 percentage points with most votes counted. When compared to another, Democrat Ralph Northam win Republican Ed Gillespie by 20 percentage points in Loudoun County in the newly gubernatorial election in 2017.

In spite of education getting most of the press in the final weeks of the campaign, the Associated Press Vote Cast Review showed more than a third of voters (34 percent) chose the economy as the top issue. Approximately 17 percent declared COVID-19 was the most vital issue, while 14 percent chose education.

Glenn Youngkin holds a broom as he greets supporters after Republicans swept Virginia on Election Day.
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But, voters who priotized the economy and education as the top issues were more probably to back Youngkin, who campaigned on a declaration to cut taxes and regulations.

“My fellow Virginians, this is our moment,” Youngkin stated early Wednesday. “It’s our moment for parents, for grandparents, for aunts, for uncles, for neighbors to change the future of Virginia’s children’s lives.

“To change their Virginia journey. It’s our time to turn that vision into a reality. It’s a vision where Virginians’ power, the power that has historically resided in the marbled halls in Richmond, is spread out.”

“My fellow Virginians, this is our moment,” Youngkin declared early Wednesday.

“It’s our moment for parents, for grandparents, for aunts, for uncles, for neighbors to change the future of Virginia’s children’s lives.

Youngkin will be the first Republican to serve as Virginia’s governor since 2014, when Bob McDonnell was in office.
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“To change their Virginia journey. It’s our time to turn that vision into a reality. It’s a vision where Virginians’ power, the power that has historically resided in the marbled halls in Richmond, is spread out.”

Both candidates had stated that the conclusion of the election would be felt well further on Virginia.

At one of his closing proceeding of the campaign, McAuliffe maintained

“the stakes are huge.” Youngkin declared the election would send a “statement that will be heard across this country.”

Vice President Kamala Harris furnished twice clear cautioning at a McAuliffe rally last week, telling supporters that

“what happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and on.”

After Tuesday night’s result, Democrats will be expecting she was incorrect.

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