At almost 1 a.m. on Nov. 3, Republican Glenn Youngkin was known as because the winner of the Virginia governor race, beating out Democrat Terry McAuliffe. At 12:44 a.m., with 96% of the votes counted, Youngkin had 50.9% (1,626,024) of the votes in comparison with McAuliffe’s 48.4% (1,543,948).
The Youngkin celebration began off with a prayer. Republican Winsome Sears additionally received her Lt. governor place and spoke on the festive gathering. She walked as much as the stage with The Village People’s “Macho Man” enjoying. “I am at a loss of words for the first time in my life,” she stated in greeting. “I’m telling you that what you are looking at is the American Dream,” she added.
“Alrighty Virginia, we won this thing!” was Youngkin’s victory greeting. “Together, together we will change the trajectory of this Commonwealth. And friends, we are going to start this transition on Day One.”
The governor race kicked off with a tweet saying: “Fairfax county votes delayed per McAuliffe staff, won’t meet self-imposed 8PM deadline, per McAuliffe staff.” Fairfax is the most important county in Virginia with a inhabitants of 1,145,862, in response to NPR. Later, officers introduced they might launch a partial depend of the early voter in-person ballots.
The evening began off with Youngkin main. With simply 16% of the votes in, he had 55.8% of the votes whereas McAuliffe had 43.4%. Early within the outcomes, ElectionBetting.Odds.com had Youngkin profitable the governor race with 88.6% betting in favor of the Republican challenger whereas solely 11.4% positioned their cash on McAuliffe. Not a lot modified on the midway mark with Youngkin forward with 55% and McAuliffe at 43%, though the Democrat had a robust lead in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. At 76% of votes tallied, Youngkin was nonetheless forward however was slipping a bit of with 53.6% to McAuliffe’s 45.8%.
With 80% of votes counted, McAuliffe assist instructed Fox News:
“This race is still too close to call — there is a substantial amount of early vote left to be counted, along with large numbers from places like Fairfax and Richmond & other urban areas where we have outperformed the rest of the state. We’re still monitoring what’s coming in. Only 7,000 Richmond votes have been reported so far. We are expecting 71,000+ votes overall to come in.”
Nearly 90% of the votes had been counted when McAuliffe gave a speech, saying: “We still got a lot of votes to count…we’re going to count all of the votes because every Virginian has a right to have their vote counted.”
Just two months in the past, McAuliffe was anticipated to be handed the election in a state that President Joe Biden received by 10 factors. However, that each one modified these previous few weeks, and the Virginia governor election turned a neck-and-neck race to the end line with Youngkin gaining rather more momentum than the Democrats might have imagined.
It was not a really good marketing campaign both. As Fox News reported, 51% of voters stated McAuliffe’s assaults on Youngkin had been unfair, whereas 57% assume the Republican candidate ran a good marketing campaign. According to a different Fox ballot, 49% of Virginia voters assume Youngkin helps former President Donald Trump an excessive amount of whereas 44% assume McAuliffe helps President Biden an excessive amount of. Biden and Barack Obama went on the marketing campaign path with McAulffie to supply their help, however Youngkin held no occasions with Trump.
Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Chris Piper stated the election went in addition to might be anticipated. “Today was an overwhelmingly good day for Virginia” and the election was “about as smooth as we could ask for,” in response to The Virginia Mercury. Piper added that there have been nonetheless 88,000 ballots that had but to be returned but when they arrived by midday on Friday, Nov. 5, they might be counted.
It’s been 12 years since Republicans had a win in a Virginia statewide race.
There was a little bit of drama in New Jersey when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the League of Women Voters sued to increase voting hours, however had been denied. “We’re hearing reports of some polling locations turning away voters due to technical issues and delays,” the department stated in an announcement. “Delays caused by technical issues aren’t an excuse to deny voters their right to vote.”
Virginia: Republican Winsome Sears defeats Hala Ayala in Virginia lieutenant governor’s race.
New York: Democrat Eric Adams defeated Republican Curtis Sliwa for New York mayor.
New Jersey: Republican Jack Ciattarelli was main with 50% (1,086,700) of the vote at 1:13 a.m. in opposition to incumbent Democrat Philip Murphy who had 49.2% (1,068,991). However, there have been a whole lot of Democrat-held counties that also wanted to be counted.
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