Republican Glenn Youngkin has been projected as the winner of the Virginia gubernatorial election. Newsmax and Decision Desk HQ have both projected Youngkin as the winner, with elections observer Dave Wasserman also making the same call.
With approximately 70% of ballots counted, Youngkin leads Terry McAuliffe by nearly ten percentage points, 54.6% to 44.8%. It’s expected ballots from Democrat stronghold Fairfax County will narrow the final margin, but Virginia political experts believe it’d be highly unlikely the Fairfax ballots will change the pending final result.
Republicans are also slated to win the elections for lieutenant governor and Attorney General in the commonwealth, in what amounts to a sweep of Virginia’s three statewide offices.
President Donald Trump congratulated Youngkin on the victory just after 9PM EST.
President Biden declined to accept a telephone call from Terry McAuliffe as election results came clear, according to White House sources.
BREAKING: Biden just declined to take a call from Terry McAuliffe, per WH official
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 3, 2021
The relatively decisive Republican win in Virginia is likely to shatter conventional political wisdom, with pundits dismissing the prospect of the GOP coming back to life in the increasingly Democrat-dominated commonwealth. The contest has major implications for Republican prospects with white suburban voters, a constituency the GOP lost ground with in the 2020 presidential election.
The election had proved a contentious national story, with the disgraced neocon Lincoln Project group organizing at least one hate hoax at a Youngkin campaign event in the hopes of slandering the businessman. The hoax was quickly exposed as a charade acted out by Democrat operatives.
The victory is likely to place even more energy behind theories predicting considerable Republican victories in the 2022 midterms, with parents and homeowners increasingly alienated by critical race theory indoctrination in American schools.
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