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What Does Youngkin’s Win In Virginia Mean For America’s Political Landscape In 2022?

Last Tuesday, Glenn Youngkin won the 2021 Virginia Gubernatorial Election and became Governor-Elect of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The reason that this is so significant is because Joe Biden won Virginia by approximately 10% points exactly one year earlier. 

How could the political climate in this country change so quickly? There are a couple of reasons. The first is that many voters are not satisfied with the direction of the country and the President’s approval ratings clearly indicate that. The second reason is that Youngkin’s opponent Terry McAuliffe opened the door to being challenged in Virginia after fumbling during a debate in regards to education. 

Democrats might need to be worried about the possibility that Virginia isn’t an isolated incident. On that same night, New Jersey was too close to call for most of the night, with the Democrat narrowly winning after all the votes were counted. A close race in New Jersey clearly suggests that the national political environment is toxic for democrats right now, simply because Biden’s administration has failed to deliver on promises and many voters are frustrated with America’s border crisis, worker shortage, and COVID restrictions.

If things don’t change before 2022’s midterm elections, here’s what you can expect. You can expect the Republicans to take over the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate majority as well. Keep in mind that Democrats are currently clinging onto the slimmest majorities in both chambers and cannot afford losses.  

If the same type of voter enthusiasm occurs in 2022, it’s game over for Democrats in both chambers. If they can manage to turn things around and quickly, they might be able to limit the amount of damage and potentially hold on to the Senate majority. 

After Virginia’s Gubernatorial Election, the writing is on the wall and there’s only a certain amount of time that Joe Biden and his administration have to get things turned around or the 2022 midterms are going to be very good for the Republican Party. 


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