Last week’s dramatic Democratic losses in Virginia and New Jersey have the party worried. To be precise, these worries revolve around more susceptible governors across the nation after the events of this year.
Democrats Need to Change Very Quickly
According to analysts on both sides of the political aisle, Biden’s low approval numbers in Virginia were one of the elements that contributed to the downfall of Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Furthermore, a repeat of this might happen again to Democrats in 2022 if the political landscape does not alter.
In governorship campaigns, contenders normally do a better job of isolating themselves from party leadership issues than in national races; however, negative views of the current president pose a significant challenge for a slate of Democrat governors up for re-election next year.
This is particularly true because many people were emotionally attached to Biden during his 2020 presidential election and during the very first six months of his administration.
The discourse is obsessing over the Virginia elections, but the new North Carolina congressional map will probably be more damaging to Dems in the long run https://t.co/UQvvgLMPci
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) November 9, 2021
Democrats will have governorships in eight states during 2022 that are comparable to Virginia; this includes Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, as well as Wisconsin.
This is a combination that has been at the top of conservatives’ priority list since the electoral cycle started. Except for Kansas, all of those states have Democrat governors up for reelection.
The exception is Pennsylvania, where the organization is rallying behind state Attorney Josh Shapiro to succeed term-limited Governor Tom Wolf.
“Everything and anything that occurred (from the Biden issue to the rises and falls of the epidemic) was so strong you really cannot dismiss it,” said Neil Oxman, a veteran liberal maker, headquartered in Pennsylvania.
Oxman listed everything from Kabul to the ups and downs of the epidemic. “Clearly, last Tuesday’s election was nationalized in a way that you don’t always see in elections.”
As per a post-election letter originally obtained by NBC News, McAuliffe’s team expressly mentioned national challenges as a big role in his loss against Republican Glenn Youngkin.
It’s More Than Just Bad Poll Numbers
“We have seen the plurality of Virginians felt both the nation and the commonwealth were on the wrong course, starting in August,” the document stated.
“By late October, 65% of people said the nation was on the wrong course. This was a big negative draw from Democrats and lowered both Democrat excitement and backing from some later determining voters.”
Opinion by Mileah Kromer and Mark J. Rozell: Lessons for Maryland in Virginia’s elections https://t.co/MJQ0lakK9L
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 12, 2021
The key for liberals, according to Oxman and many others, would be a shift in the political climate. This may happen in the coming year, especially when considering how much has transpired since the 2020 election.
It’s a question of whether Biden and the government will get their game together and make more a level playing field for Democrats. Or will it be as horrible as it’s been for Democrats because they will not be able to get their act straight?
Conservatives, on the other hand, regard Youngkin’s triumph as the first of many to come. That’s despite the fact Republicans are up against a barrage of incumbent Democrat governors all across the nation.