Joe Biden suffers major blow as Republicans capture Virginia

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US President Joe Biden has failed his “first real test” following the news Republicans have won the Virginia governor’s election and are within striking distance in New Jersey – two states that Biden won easily over Donald Trump last year.

Political pundits say it’s a dire sign for Democrats heading into the 2022 midterms, which will decide control of the U.S. Congress, and with it, the future of Biden’s policy agenda.

Republican Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity executive surged in the polls in the Virginia campaign’s final weeks, beating Democratic former Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Mr. Youngkin will become the first Republican to be elected to a statewide office in Virginia since 2009.

Republican Youngkin’s campaign focused on taxes, crime and holding public schools accountable to parents – strong Republican values. While Democrat McAuliffe spent much of his fire power on the campaign trail linking Youngkin to former President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump even thanked his ‘base’ this morning saying:

“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.”

Youngkin, speaking in Virginia called his victory “a defining moment.”

“Together, we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth.

“And friends, we are going to start that transformation on Day 1.”

Playbook claimed the election was the first real test for the US election saying:

“The first true electoral test of Joe Biden’s US Presidency took place on Tuesday in a series of elections, including the Virginia governor’s race, historically seen as a bellwether halfway between the last election and the next midterm.”

The Republican candidates for lieutenant governor and state attorney general are also leading their races in Virginia, while Democrats are in a tough fight to keep control of the state House of Delegates after several Republican wins.

In New Jersey, Democratic governor Phil Murphy is in a tight race to retain his seat against his Republican rival, Jack Ciatterelli. As of early Wednesday the race remains “too close to call.”

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