Five Takeaways from the Virginia Governor’s Race

Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe speaks to his election-night party and rally in McLean, Va., November 2, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
2022 could be a bloodbath for Democrats, and other observations

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE G lenn Youngkin’s upset victory over Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race upends many of the assumptions that were being made in politics a year ago, and it is an ominous sign for President Biden and for Democrats heading into the 2022 midterms. What follows are five initial takeaways.

Revenge of the Parents

Last week, I wrote about the risk Democrats were taking by underestimating the political power of parents who are becoming more assertive about what their children are taught. The unnecessarily long school closures in Virginia simultaneously made parents angry and distrustful of school boards and unionized teachers while forcing

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