Youngkin wins Virginia governor’s race

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 1:48 AM EDT
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CHANTILLY, Va. (Gray DC/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 sure to alarm national 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 told the crowd of supporters, “Together together, we will change the trajectory of this Commonwealth. And friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one.”

Youngkin beat Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018.

When McAuliffe addressed his supporters, he called for every vote to be counted.

“We are going to continue that fight tonight and every day going forward. So I just want to thank all of you  for what you have meant to us,” said McAuliffe.

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

Copyright 2021 Gray DC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.