Republican Glenn Youngkin Wins Governors Race In Virginia Ending Eight Years Of Democratic Rule

Youngkin beat Progressive candidate Terry McAuliffe in what many see as a prelude of things to come for Democrats

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin takes the stage to react to election results during an election-night party in Chantilly, Va., November 3, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


Republican Glenn Youngkin was declared the winner of the Virginia gubernatorial race by a number of outlets and election analysts on Tuesday night after a hard-fought campaign that he entered as a significant underdog.

Despite trailing former governor Terry McAuliffe by as much as six and a half points in the RealClearPolitics polling average as late as the last week of August, Youngkin ultimately triumphed thanks to a hyper-focus on local issues and a commitment to walking the line between Trump supporters in rural, southern Virginia and wealthier suburbanites who were alienated by the MAGA wing of the party.


While some prognosticators such as Cook Political’s Dave Wasserman called the race before 9:00p.m. on Tuesday, networks like Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NBC waited until early on Wednesday morning to project Youngkin as the winner.


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