Republicans surpassed nearly all predictions in Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in New Jersey, as well as Virginia. These are outcomes most analysts would have discounted as nearly unthinkable only a few months ago.
After President Biden won Virginia by even more than ten points in the 2020 election, Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
Virginia and New Jersey Sit in the Spotlight
With 88 percent of the vote counted, Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli was leading current Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy by approximately 1,000 votes during early Wednesday. Biden won by over 16 points in the polls in the state.
“No opinions from me today as to why we dropped a Biden +10 state a year after the vote – I would like to wait for further information and be receptive to answers that may not support my prior convictions,” said Jon Favreau, a leftist activist.
Virginia results via @NBCNews
White women, who swung the election for Youngkin, chose racism over their own reproductive rights
And we wonder why women’s rights are slipping away…
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) November 3, 2021
“The red tidal wave has arrived!” Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee said. “Virginians – and citizens nationwide – are frustrated with Biden’s polarizing politics, inept management, and a Democrat ideology that harms working families. Virginia is simply the beginning of a Republican surge in 2022.”
Democrats Collapsed in the Last Weeks
Within only a few weeks, McAuliffe’s five point advantage transformed to him being directly in dead heat with Youngkin in a Fox News poll. With much more than 95 percent of the state’s votes in, the GOP’s Youngkin is the winner, and McAuliffe has conceded.
🚨HUGE REPUBLICAN WIN 🚨
Congratulations to the next governor of Virginia, @GlennYoungkin!
Commonsense Republican leadership is back in the Commonwealth. pic.twitter.com/iIbUyCA1hO
— GOP (@GOP) November 3, 2021
Still, regardless of the fact that New Jersey’s Ciattarelli was widely regarded as a solid conservative contender, the New Jersey governor’s election was never particularly competitive.
Many polls predicted Murphy would prevail by a lesser margin than Biden in 2020, but the difference would be well within the error range. That wasn’t the situation at all.
Republican Ciattarelli is leading with 88 percent of votes in. The Republican candidate may not win, since there’s a good probability the uncounted ballots are mail votes, which could tip the election in favor of Democrat Gov. Murphy.
However, the fact such a liberal state could have such a tight race will undoubtedly force Democrats to reflect. Conservatives’ impressive showings were not only in their big governorship races on Tuesday.
Conservatives won a state assembly district in San Antonio, Texas, a state court election in Pennsylvania, and are still in contention to win the Virginia House of Representatives. Republicans also won the lieutenant governorship and state attorney elections in Virginia.
The national margins are expected to drive Democrats to rethink their policy agenda for 2022. This will regard how much government expenditure is just too much and whether Biden ought to be the key character in their campaign.
Many Republicans believe daily issues, such as the pricing of commodities and the quality of schools, will be their winning strategy in 2022.