Youngkin’s surprise shows that Trump is not necessary to win

Glenn Youngkin’s political earthquake of a victory in Virginia Blue marks the beginning of the end of the Democratic monopoly in power in Washington. In a refreshing twist, Youngkin won by running a flawless campaign that focused not on personalities but on issues like education and the economy.

Youngkin, a rookie candidate, managed this monumental surprise without kissing until Donald trumpDonald Trump Republicans are poised to sweep Virginia, wowing Democrats Five takeaways from a bleak night for Democrats New Jersey’s gubernatorial race is too close to call for MORE or have the campaign of the former president in the Commonwealth. The decision to keep Trump and other Republican heavyweights away stands in stark contrast to Youngkin’s opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who brought in a baseball roster of Democratic Party stars, including the former president. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama LIVE COVERAGE: Youngkin Wins Virginia; New Jersey gubernatorial race in tie Kal Penn says he was mocked by the Obamas for running for a White House job via the website Biden’s Policies Are Creating Jobs – For Robots MORE, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill bidenJill BidenBiden Predicts McAuliffe’s Win in the Virginia Governor Race 12:30 PM Report from The Hill: Virginia Election Day Sights and Sounds Jill Biden to co-host Food Network’s Thanksgiving special with Trisha Yearwood PLUS, Vice president Kamala harrisKamala HarrisAmerica Latest: Biden Fills Up With Oprah, Considers 0K Payments To Illegal Immigrants Separated At Border Harris Makes Final Pitch For McAuliffe McAuliffe, Youngkin Posts Closure Announcements Before Virginia Elections MORE and the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in an attempt to nationalize a state election.

“Youngkin’s strategy, I think, is smart in the sense that it focuses intensely on state and local issues and brings it directly to the voters in the suburbs and exurbs where the election will be decided,” Mark J. Rozell, Founding Dean from the George Mason University Schar School of Politics and Government, he told the AP one day before the elections.

As a result of this victory, as well as all the crises that plague this country, the Republican Party is on track to collect at least the four seats necessary to regain the House of Representatives in 2022. In fact, the number of seats was changed al The Republican Party is likely more in the 43-63 range (the number of seats lost by Presidents Trump and Obama in their first terms, respectively). High inflation, a supply chain crisis, a shortage of workers, a border catastrophe, the Afghanistan debacle and a perceived anti-parenting stance on education have Democrats without a major problem to run on.

In the Senate, it only takes one seat to make Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Shelby says another RC will be needed in December. Infrastructure Bill Could Alter Debt Limit Schedule McConnell Criticizes Potential Payments To Separated Migrant Families MORE (R-Ky.) Senate Majority Leader again.

Meanwhile, the overall drop in Biden’s approval rating has been senior at this point in his presidency than any other president since WWII, and he’s well underwater in every key battlefield state (Virginia, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire).

It has gotten so bad for Biden that a recent NPR / PBS News Poll found that only 36 percent of Democratic voters they want Biden to run again in 2024. Half of Democrats say the country is on the wrong track. The remorse among the party’s faithful is very real.

After a loss like this, some Democrats may run for the hills now on the social spending portion of the “human infrastructure” package, condemning it even further beyond the senator’s opposition. Joe manchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Biden seeks to tackle methane Biden rallies nations to reduce methane emissions Democrats give Manchin warning about lack of progress on spending bill MORE (DW.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema Democrats listen to Manchin for lack of progress on spending bill Democrats on the cusp of broad agreement on Biden’s agenda Biden says Manchin will support final version of spending bill MORE (D-Ariz). And if the President and the Speaker of the House Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money – Presented by Citi – Democrats get closer to a deal on Biden’s agenda Moderate Democrats push for scores before voting on Biden’s package Democrats on cusp of broad deal on Biden’s agenda MORE (D-Calif.) Go ahead with the tough infrastructure package, progressives almost certainly knock down that vote, taking the entire Blue Team with them.

In the Virginia race, McAuliffe tried to compete against Trump rather than Youngkin. When the former governor brought in Biden, the current president mentioned

Trump 24 times in a relatively short speech. That’s what happens when you have nothing to run with, especially in education.

“I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach,” McAuliffe said four weeks ago during a debate with Youngkin. The race completely changed from there, with McAuliffe playing defense and Youngkin using the issue to define his opponent, and probably winning back many suburban voters, particularly soccer moms, who Biden had captured a year ago. anus.

“We are going to have a new generation of Republicans who will come in and define a new way forward,” Youngkin told his supporters the day before the election in a 22-minute speech that did not mention Trump even once.

So will Youngkin’s victory without Trump pave the way for Republican presidential candidates to seek the Republican nomination even if Trump decides to seek it again?

Probably so. But it will still be a difficult hill to climb.

According to a Recent NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist Poll50 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents say Trump gives them a better chance of winning in 2024, compared to 35 percent who say someone else would.

On the Democratic side, he is practically a curtain for President Biden. On the question of whether Biden was the right candidate to run in 2024, 44 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents said they wanted “someone else” instead of the soon-to-be 79-year-old, with another 20 percent undecided.

Glenn Youngkin conducted a Annoying as Buster Douglas in the old blue state of Virginia.

He did so by concentrating on problems, particularly education and the economy. And he did so without the elephant entering the state in the form of the 45th president.

Joe Concha is a political and media columnist for The Hill.

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