Democrats really took it on the chin in Virginia.
The entire party went all-in on Youngkin, sending every heavyweight in the party to help him campaign.
None of it helped, as Youngkin pulled out a close election in what appears to be a clean sweep in the state.
Terry McAuliffe was supposed to be an easy winner, but that changed about a month ago.
The moment education became a focus of McAuliffe’s campaign, the polling started to go the opposite direction.
Youngkin jumped on this narrative and started to hammer it.
Suddenly, parents that were probably not going to vote got involved in the election and everything started to swing.
That resulted in a massive wave of panic by Democrats, sending every big name in the party to Virginia.
Obama, Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Stacey Abrams, just to name a few, all rushed the state to try to get a win for McAuliffe.
Youngkin, on the other hand, went it alone, telling voters he did not need any gimmicks to win this race.
He did not want them talking to anyone else but him, because he would be the one holding office, not any celebrity names.
It all paid off, with Youngkin winning a tight race, finally getting McAuliffe to concede, stating, “While last night we came up short, I am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in.
“While there will be setbacks along the way, I am confident that the long-term path of Virginia is toward inclusion, openness and tolerance for all.”
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) November 3, 2021
Youngkin, in his victory speech, stated, “We’re going to embrace our parents, not ignore them. We’re going to press forward with a curriculum that includes listening to parents, as well as a curriculum that allows our children to run as fast as they can, teaching them how to think, enabling their dreams to soar. Friends, we are going to reestablish excellence in our schools.”
It now appears as thought Republicans will win all three major races in the state as well as flipping the state legislature for a Republican advantage.
This is an absolutely crippling blow to Democrats and gives just a hint as to what Democrats can expect to see during the 2022 midterms.