Election night 2021 was painful for Democrats. Virginia businessman Glenn Youngkin seemingly came out of nowhere to beat former Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe to win the race for governor, likely taking the House of Representatives.
In deep-blue New Jersey, incumbent Democrat Governor Phil Murphy and former Councilman Jack Ciatarelli are locked in a neck-and-neck race that’s still too close to mention — one Murphy expected to sleepwalk.
Republicans want to continue the winning streak and have a plan to do so.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) Nov 3, 2021
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“No Democrat is safe”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has added to their list of Democratic House seats they believe can flip in the 2022 midterm elections.
Democrats have a very narrow margin in the House — only 8 seats separate the parties — and midterm elections are often unfriendly to the party that controls the White House.
The target list is now a whopping 70 seats – with 13 new targets added after the wavering Democrats won.
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Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), chairman of the NRCC, said: “In a cycle like this, no Democrat is safe. Voters reject democratic policies that have caused massive price hikes, opened our borders and sparked a nationwide crime wave.”
The Virginia election is seen by many pundits as a possible preview of things to come for Democrats: a huge red wave rolling over their heads.
While issues like rising gas and food prices, jobs, and COVID are on the minds of not just Virginians, but Americans in general, Youngkin has addressed the most pressing issue for Virginians, their children’s education, where parents have risen and their local governments have faced mask mandates and what their children are taught.
On the issues voters care about most, Republicans have a leading edge.
Just look at this chart. pic.twitter.com/Pjm0XoikgX
— Michael McAdams (@M_McAdams) October 31, 2021
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McAuliffe used default Democrat Playbook to help GOP
As the quarterbacking kicks off in the armchair, even some Democrats are scratching their heads over some of Terry McAuliffe’s campaign moves. The defining moment seems to be when, during a debate with Youngkin, McAuliffe said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach.” For the purposes of this campaign, it was suicide.
McAuliffe then brought in Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers Union, to campaign for him. A woman who is held by many responsible for the fact that their children have to go to school for a whole year because of the closure of schools.
And of course the old tried and true tactic: calling Glenn Youngkin and his supporters racists.
The Lincoln Project was even nice enough to provide the McAuliffe campaign with “white supremacist” actors in a backstabbing campaign debacle that ended in disaster when it was discovered.
Virginians are so racist that they elected the first black woman as their lieutenant governor and the first Hispanic as their attorney general.
The Democrats have been warned. America does not support the socialist crap you are selling.
Everything is on the table.
WE. SHALL. TO EXPAND. THE. MAP.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) Nov 3, 2021
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Republicans view the blow from the Democrats on election night as a huge rejection of the Democrats and in particular the policies of Joe Biden.
For the GOP, the blood is in the water, and when combined with Joe Biden’s freefall track approval ratings, it’s a golden opportunity. But the Democrats don’t say so quickly.
Chris Taylor, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, brushed aside Youngkin’s victory: “The NRCC is wrong if they think they can easily emulate a campaign that skipped a messy GOP primary, not a political state of was on duty to defend, and routinely kept President Trump at arm’s length.”
“We have a year until the midterm elections, and on top of passing landmark legislation that includes groundbreaking investments in our infrastructure and working families, Democrats are working to make sure voters on the battlefield understand the grave danger posed by House Republicans and their extremism. shape not only our families, but our democracy.”
We’ll see, as they say.
Kamala Harris said:
“What happens in Virginia will largely determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and beyond.”
You’re right Kamala, there’s a red wave coming.
— Stephen Moore (@StephenMoore) Nov 3, 2021
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