Republican Glenn Youngkin came out victorious in the Virginia gubernatorial race, beating out Terry McAuliffe and sending shockwaves through the Democratic Party in the process.
This win for Republicans marked a major turnaround in a state that Joe Biden carried by ten points in last year’s presidential race. The race between Youngkin and McAuliffe was seen as the first major referendum of Biden’s presidency, and the left’s brutal loss shows just how frustrated Americans are with how things are going.
Republicans were ecstatic over the victory, with Youngkin celebrating by saying, “This is the spirit of Virginia coming together like never before.”
As for McAuliffe, he quietly conceded on Wednesday morning.
“While last night we came up short, I am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in,” he said, according to The Associated Press.
Youngkin came off as a political outsider while also highlighting the fact that McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor who is also close friends with the Clintons, is a member of the liberal political elite. The Republican then capitalized on what was arguably McAuliffe’s biggest mistake of his campaign, which came during a debate when he indicated that parents should have a minimal role in shaping school curriculums.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe said in the September debate.
He then showed how out of touch he is by doubling down on this during an appearance on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday.
“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” Mcauliffe said, according to The New York Post. “Everybody clapped when I said it.”
One of the biggest takeaways Republicans can take to heart from this election is that Youngkin was able to attract Trump’s base while also attracting suburban voters who were not fans of the former president. Though he never campaigned with Trump in person, successfully shattering McAuliffe’s portrayal of him as a clone of the former president, he also pushed for “election integrity,” a nod to the 2020 election being stolen from Trump.
In the end, Biden and his fellow Democrats should take from this election that the American people are sick of them and their radically liberal “woke” ways. Whether they like it or not, a red wave is coming to this country, and it may just be too late for them to stop it.