Results from Tuesday’s elections around the country signify a grim night overall for the Democrats. Glenn Youngkin (R) won a shocking victory in Virginia, which President Joe Biden won by 10 points in 2020.
Youngkin, a first-time candidate, beat out Terry McAuliffe, a former governor and ally of the Clinton family. According to The Hill, it was the first statewide victory for the GOP since 2009.
Meanwhile, the gubernatorial race in New Jersey is still too close to call as of Wednesday at 12:30 pm EST. Incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) was expected to win decidedly, but instead, he’s locked in an unexpected battle with GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli.
Additionally, progressives faced a disappointment of their own in Minnesota, with the defeat of a ballot measure to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety agency.
Overall, the results point to the increased likelihood of the Republicans taking back control of Congress in next year’s midterms.
Though Youngkin, according to The Hill, kept former President Donald Trump at arm’s length following his endorsement, Trump took credit for his victory.
“I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin. Without you, he would not have been close to winning,” Trump said in a statement Tuesday night. “The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before.”