Advertisement

Youngkin becomes 1st Republican to win statewide office in VA since 2009

Republican former business executive Glenn Youngkin has won Virginia’s governor’s race
Republican former business executive Glenn Youngkin has won Virginia’s governor’s race(WHSV)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 11:58 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican former business executive Glenn Youngkin has won Virginia’s governor’s race, a major political turnabout in a state that had been trending increasingly blue.

The win is a major setback for Democrats already nervous about holding their party’s narrow control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections.

The 54-year-old Youngkin is a political newcomer and was a virtual unknown at the start of the race. He beat Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014-2018.

President Joe Biden won Virginia by a comfortable 10-point margin last year, but that disappeared as Youngkin beat back the Democrats’ efforts to portray him as a clone of former President Donald Trump.