REPUBLICAN Glenn Youngkin has defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the tight race to be Governor of Virginia, with the race having massive implications for President Joe Biden.
McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, failed to stave off disaster in a state that has become reliable Democratic territory in recent years.
Joe Biden carried Virginia by a comfortable 10 percentage points last year, but Youngkin’s campaign has succeeded, with Youngkin becoming the first Republican to win a statewide race since 2009.
“This is a moment for Virginians to push back on this left, liberal, progressive agenda,” Youngkin, a former private equity executive, told a rally at an airport hangar outside Richmond.
Voters were also poised to decide a New Jersey governor’s race Tuesday, as well as mayoral elections in many of the nation’s top cities.
Donald Trump, who slammed McAuliffe as part of what he called the radical Democratic Party that is out of touch with the state’s voters, said a GOP victory would send “a great, great, strong message” to President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders in Washington.
Read our Virginia election live blog for the latest news and updates…
CROWD GATHERS FOR YOUNGKIN VICTORY SPEECH
Youngkin will address the crowd, according to his Rapid Response Director.
TWITTER USER CONNECTS DEM LOSS TO BUILD BACK BETTER POLICY CHANGES
Progressives on Twitter debated the reason that a majority of white women in Virginia voted for Youngkin.
One user, Tom Perriello, pointed towards the exclusion of paid family leave from Biden’s “Build Back Better” infrastructure plan, which has been hotly debated in Congress.
VIRGINIA ALSO RE-ELECTS DANICA ROEM, FIRST TRANSGENDER STATE LEGISLATOR
Danica Roem will be serving her third term in the position.
CANDACE OWENS: ‘AMERICA IS TIRED OF WOKE’
Candace Owens took to Twitter and compared Youngkin’s win to the Tuesday-night World Series win by the Atlanta Braves.
WINSOME SEARS BECOMES VA’S FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO HOLD STATE OFFICE
REPUBLICANS CELEBRATE YOUNGKIN WIN ON TWITTER
‘NOT EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED,’ MCAULIFFE REMINDS FOLLOWERS
MCAULIFFE HAS NOT CONCEDED YET
In McAuliffe’s most recent statement, two hours before the election was called in Youngkin’s favor, he thanked supporters who “knocked doors, made phone calls, and talked to their neighbors” on his behalf.
DONALD TRUMP, JR: BIDEN IS PRESIDING OVER DEMOCRAT ‘COLLAPSE’
YOUNGKIN DEFEATS MCAULIFFE IN UPSET
The Associated Press called the race just before 1am EST.
The race was close, with Youngkin capturing only 50.9 percent of the vote, and McAuliffe returning 48.4 percent.
GUBERNATORIAL RACE HAS NOT BEEN CALLED, REPUBLICANS AHEAD
TWITTER USERS QUESTION DELAY IN VIRGINIA ELECTION RESULTS
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Eric Adams defeated the Republican candidate, Curtis Sliwa.
WHAT HAS JOE BIDEN SAID ABOUT THE VIRGINIA CANDIDATES?
At a rally in July, President Joe Biden backed Terry McAuliffe.
The President also lobbed a few jabs at McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, without saying his name.
“I tell you what, the guy Terry is running against is an acolyte of Donald Trump.
“For real, I mean it’s just like, I don’t know where these guys come from.”
DONALD TRUMP, JR. CONGRATULATES YOUNGKIN VIA DAD’S POST
Former President Trump congratulated Youngkin in a post on his website, which was re-shared by Donald Trump Jr.
TRUMP ON ELECTION NIGHT: ‘FAIRFAX, WHY THE DELAY?’
In a statement about Trump-endorsed candidate Glenn Youngkin, Trump cast doubt on the validity of votes from Fairfax County, where thousands of ballots were re-scanned following technical difficulty.
50 PERCENT OF THE VOTES ARE IN
As the race is tight, it is still difficult to tell who may win the Georgia governor election.
Youngkin leads at 55.5%, and McAuliffe falls behind him at 43.8%.
1,592,731 votes have been counted as of yet.
NEARLY 30 PERCENT OF THE VOTES ARE IN
Early counts are indicating a tight race for the Virginia governor seat.
Youngkin currently has 52.8% of the votes and McAuliffe has 46.6%.
The total votes counted so far is more than 859,500.