Democrats seemed to be the ones on the difficult side in the upcoming congressional elections next year as Republican Glenn Youngkin claimed victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race on Wednesday and another Republican might reach the same fate in New Jersey.
The Republican gubernatorial bet, who was on the advantage point based on the polls in the final weeks of the campaign, won against Governor Terry McAuliffe, as projected by CNN and NBC.
Youngkin, an ex-private equity executive who has zero experience in elected office, campaigned as a political stranger. He appealed to the voters in the suburban areas, hitting concerns like the handling of racism discussions in education institutions, as well as the mask requirements during the pandemic.
While the counting of ballots is still being done by Democratic strongholds, New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Republican Jack Ciatterelli secured a significant lead against Democrat Phil Murphy with an estimated 80 percent of the vote totaled.
To recall, President Joe Biden has smoothly gained victory in these two states against his opponent Donald Trump during the election last year. The outcome of the elections reflects an awful sign for the Democrats as the 2022 midterm elections are near.
Youngkin, as shown by polls heading to Election Day, got near McAuliffe by his campaign to independent voters.
Meanwhile, Trump seemed to attribute Youngkin’s win to his base.
“I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin. Without you, he would not have been close to winning,” Trump said in a statement.
The newly-elected governor will take the place of the outgoing Democrat Governor Ralph Northam. Governors are not allowed by a Virginia state law to serve consecutive terms. 64-year-old McAuliffe became governor from 2014 to 2018.