It was to be a clear victory for the Democratic candidate. Terry McAuliffe had hoped to return to Virginia in Virginia, where he had been from 2014 to 2018. Back in early August, it was clear that he had led the polls over Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin. But the Democrat lost Tuesday’s election.
According to unofficial results, Yongkin won 50.7 percent of the vote, while McAuliffe won only 48.6 percent. Additionally, it looks like Democrats will lose a majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
Glenn Youngkin, USA Republican Glenn Youngkin wins Virginia’s gubernatorial election
“Together we will change the direction this situation is taking. Friends, we will start the transformation from day one. We won. What a great fun!” Yongkin told his supporters.
“We cannot and will never stop fighting for the values we believe in,” McAuliffe said after the loss, adding that Democrats must protect women’s rights to free choice and ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care and excellence.
The Republican’s surprise victory immediately sparked a flurry of speculation about whether it reflected any major trends in American politics. Congressional elections will be held in the United States next year. In the House and Senate, Democrats currently have only a slim majority. And in 2024, Americans will face a battle for the White House. Republican Donald Trump may also be involved, despite losing to Democrat Joe Biden last year. The celebrity has been spreading lies since he was robbed, though he hasn’t provided a single piece of evidence.
But Stephen Green, a professor of political science at North Carolina State University, believes Democrats should be particularly concerned about next year’s elections. “Everything indicated earlier that a difficult year awaits them. Tuesday’s election confirmed that. Unless there are some major changes that cannot be ruled out in the pandemic, Republicans are very well positioned to win majorities in both houses of Congress next year.” As far as 2024 is concerned, there is still a long way to go. Until then, a lot could really happen. But I think it’s clear that if Trump wants to be the Republican nominee for president, he can. “It looks like he really wants to,” Green said.
Interestingly, although Yongkin borrowed some political rhetoric from Trump, he did not seek direct support from the former president or appear with him during the election campaign. This (lack of) disassociation from the former White House chief obviously helped him. Trump is unpopular in Virginia and lost more than ten percentage points to that state in Biden last year.
As an election entrepreneur, Yongkin relied on economic references. It was helped that, unlike his opponent, he was a new political face and did not cheer McAuliffe on the campaign trail. “Democrats are better off in the public eye at dealing with the pandemic, but the economic recovery is a huge challenge. We can add rising energy and fuel prices to the economic challenges,” said Robert Busby, an expert on US politics at Liverpool Hope University. Truth.
Many voters also criticize the fact that Democrats in Congress are unable to enforce more laws because they cannot agree among themselves. Americans also blame President Biden for that. According to the FiveThirtyEight portal, which deals with polling analytics, only 42.9 percent of voters currently approve of a Democratic White House candidate.
However, it seems that betting on a culture war helped Yongkin the most in rallying his followers. “He focused on the issue of education,” Busby explained. “He touched upon a crucial racial theory that they don’t teach in Virginia schools, but many parents feel they should be able to influence what their children encounter in class.”
However, the campaign controversy went so far as to have Yongkin used some conservatives to demand, for example, that students in Virginia not learn about Beloved’s book, which describes the horrors of slavery. Written by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.
“Congress Democrats must address infrastructure and voter rights legislation ASAP. In addition, the Democratic Party needs to find a way to fight culture wars with Republicans, which will intensify after the election results,” Timothy Galsworthy wrote on Twitter. An expert on American conservatism from the University of Sussex.
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