Glenn Youngkin won the gubernatorial election over Terry McAuliffe last night and has been part of a wave of Republicans overtaking Democrats in many races. Youngkin, a former co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, took on McAuliffe and was thought to be a David vs. Goliath fight early on; however, as the election drew closer, it appeared McAuliffe should not have been resting on his laurels. At press time, Youngkin had 50.68%, McAuliffe 48.55%, Princess Blanding .69%, and a write-in candidate had .08%. Youngkin’s Republican running mate for Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears also has won.
The impact of disappointed Democrats in President Joe Biden and other elected officials seemed to have an effect at the ballot box. Although almost 50 percent of Virginia voters felt Biden’s poor poll numbers were not a factor in their decision for whom to vote for governor, 28 percent expressed opposition to Biden in some polling.
Republicans also swept the Virginia legislature (state assembly), taking back what Democrats have held for the last several years. Republican Jason S. Miyares won the State Attorney General office, and a majority of general assembly offices up for election went to Republicans over Democrats.