For the first time since 2009, Virginia will usher in a Republican governor. In a hotly contested election, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Republican Winsome Sears defeated Democrat Hala Ayala for Lt. Governor. Sears becomes the first female and first black female to hold the seat in over 400 years of Virginia legislative history. Republican Jason Miyaris narrowly defeated Democrat Mark Herring in the race for Attorney General. Republicans also picked up 6 seats to flip the House of Delegates to 51-49 Republican control.
The Republican victory in the Commonwealth of Virginia spells trouble for the Democrat party heading into the 2022 midterms. Biden’s imploding popularity combined with rapidly increasing inflation, rising fuel costs, and radical progressive education agenda came together to seal the deal for a Republican takeover in the state.
Former Governor, Terry McCauliffe did not shy away from his desire to implement more gun control, specifically the push for an “assault weapons” ban. The Republican victories all but guarantee that Virginians gun rights, for now, are safe from further infringement and may expand as the new House of Delegates likely revisits several gun control measures signed by Democrat Ralph Northam.