Republican candidates were poised to sweep up and down the ballot in the year’s election outside Virginia on Tuesday, undoing a list of past Democratic victories in the Old Dominion.
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), while Winsome Sears (R) made history as the first woman and woman of color to be elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor.
Meanwhile, Republican Del. Jason Miyares (right) seemed poised to defeat incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring in that race.
Republicans also appeared ready to take control of the House of Delegates on Wednesday morning. The party’s advances in the lower house come after Republicans lost a total of 22 seats in the last three elections. A source from the Republican State Leadership Committee told The Hill that their goal before election night was to win a single seat.
“Tonight’s historic setback is proof that the people of Virginia are ready to move closer to an optimistic vision for ALS marked by the protection of individual liberties and liberties, where parents have power, where business can do what better for themselves and their employees, and the safety of communities is a number one priority, ”RSLC President Dee Duncan said in a statement.
However, Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D) told The Hill earlier in the evening that she did not believe the Republicans would win control, saying “unfortunately we still don’t have a lot of the numbers, so we’re still waiting. “
Republican figures and groups were quick to praise the victories before various outlets officially called for the races. The Republican National Committee declared in an email to the press that “the red wave is here,” while the former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia gubernatorial race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted overnight Defense and National Security: The Sub-Deal Showdown intensifies MORE collected from the results.
Tuesday’s apparent Republican sweep comes after a series of elections that showed Virginia with a blue trend. Virginia has had a trifecta in Democratic state government since 2019, when the party gained control of the State House and Senate. Governor Ralph Northam (D) won the election in 2017.
While Republican victories will likely have important implications for policymaking in Virginia, they will also affect the way Republicans and Democrats campaign in the 2022 midterm elections. For Republicans, Youngkin offers 2022 candidates and campaigns a playbook, especially in states where Trump is not particularly popular. Throughout the campaign, Youngkin balanced recognition of the former president’s support while keeping him at arm’s length. Youngkin said repeatedly during the campaign that he was “honored” to have Trump’s support, but did not appear with him once during the campaign.
“Glenn ran an excellent and inspiring campaign that raises the bar for candidates across the country,” said the Arizona Governor. Doug duceyDoug Ducey Grant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Arizona launches M program to help families pay utility bills Republican governors traveling to the border to introduce a new initiative security MORE (R), the president of the Republican Governors Association.
Republicans have also signaled that they will seek to replicate Youngkin’s focus on parental rights and education-related issues as a means of attracting suburban voters, which Youngkin was able to recapture to some extent after the constituency rejected Trump. in Virginia during his administration.
“The message of that powerful coalition must be heard loud and clear by groups like the National Association of School Boards and other special interest leaders who tried to dismiss the credit for parental frustration,” said Alleigh Marre, president of the conservative Coalition. Free to Learn. “Parents deserve a seat at the table, because there is nothing more important than our children.”
For Democrats, the loss of McAuliffe could illustrate what Democrats shouldn’t do in 2022. McAuliffe received criticism for consistently invoking Trump during the campaign, leading many to question why he focused on a figure who already he was not in office.
Democrats argued that the former president was unpopular in the state, having lost in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. However, it appeared that the strategy did not succeed with the majority of voters, who said that the issues on the table of the cooking as the economy and education were a priority for them.
McAuliffe’s strategy opened the door to criticism from Republicans, including Trump.
“All McAuliffe did was talk about Trump, Trump, Trump and he lost! What does that tell you, fake news? I suppose people who are running for public office as Democrats will not do so for much longer, “Trump said in a statement. “I didn’t even have to go to a rally for Youngkin, because McAuliffe did it for me. Thank you MAGA voters for being great! “
But Democrats will also work to read the tea leaves on how Biden impacted the race. Questions arose in the final weeks of the campaign as Biden worked to push through his bipartisan infrastructure legislation, along with a massive economic stimulus package. However, the parts of the agenda were not approved before Election Day.
Biden returned from the COP26 climate summit in Scotland just hours after he predicted McAuliffe would win. Youngkin addressed a crowd of supporters in Chantilly when Biden left Air Force One.
“Walking together, sharing dreams and hopes, like those that have always been planted in my own heart, dreams and hopes of a Virginia that rises, a Virginia that never settles, a Virginia where the promise of Virginia comes to life for all they call this Virginia house, ”Youngkin said.