Election night 2021 was painful for Democrats. Virginia businessman Glenn Youngkin came seemingly out of nowhere to beat former Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe to win the race for Governor, and likely took the House of Delegates.
In deep blue New Jersey, incumbent Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli are locked in a neck and neck race still too close to call – a race Murphy was expected to sleepwalk through.
Republicans want to keep the winning streak going, and they have a plan to do it.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 3, 2021
“No Democrat Is Safe”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has added to their list of Democrat House seats they believe they can flip in the 2022 midterm elections.
Democrats hold a very slim margin in the House – just 8 seats separate the parties – and midterms are frequently unfriendly to the party that controls the White House.
The target list is now a whopping 70 seats – with 13 new targets being added after the walloping Democrats took.
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Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Chairman of the NRCC, said, “In a cycle like this, no Democrat is safe. Voters are rejecting Democrat policies that have caused massive price increases, opened our borders and spurred a nationwide crime wave.”
The election in Virginia has been seen by many pundits as a possible preview of things to come for Democrats: a massive red wave rolling over their heads.
While things like rising gas and food prices, jobs, and COVID are on the minds of not just Virginians but Americans in general, Youngkin addressed the most pressing issue for Virginians, their children’s education, where parents have stood up and confronted their local boards on mask mandates and what their kids are being taught.
On the issues that voters care about most, Republicans have a commanding lead.
Just look at this graphic. pic.twitter.com/Pjm0XoikgX
— Michael McAdams (@M_McAdams) October 31, 2021
McAuliffe Used Standard Democrat Playbook To Help GOP
As the arm-chair quarterbacking begins, 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 they should teach.” For the purposes of this campaign, it was suicide.
McAuliffe then brought in American Federation of Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten to campaign for him. A woman who many hold responsible for their children missing an entire year of school due to schools being shuttered.
And of course the old tried and true tactic: calling Glenn Youngkin and his supporters racists.
The Lincoln Project was even nice enough to supply the McAuliffe campaign with “white supremacist” actors in an underhanded campaign debacle that ended in disaster when it was discovered.
Democrats have been warned. America doesn’t support the Socialist garbage you are selling.
Everything is on the table.
WE. WILL. EXPAND. THE. MAP.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 3, 2021
Republicans are looking at the slap taken by the Democrats on election night as a huge rebuff of Democrats and in particular, Joe Biden’s policies.
For the GOP, it is blood in the water, and combined with Joe Biden’s job approval ratings in free fall, it is a golden opportunity. But Democrats are saying not so fast.
Chris Taylor, spokesman for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, brushed off Youngkin’s win, “The NRCC is mistaken if they think they can easily emulate a campaign that skipped a messy GOP primary, had no political record to defend, and routinely kept President Trump at arm’s length.”
“We have a year until the midterm elections, and on top of passing historic legislation that includes game-changing investments in our infrastructure and working families, Democrats are working to ensure battleground voters understand the grave danger that House Republicans and their extremism present to not only our families, but our democracy.”
We shall see, as they say.
Kamala Harris said:
“What happens in Virginia, will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024, and on.”
You’re right Kamala, a red wave is coming.
— Stephen Moore (@StephenMoore) November 3, 2021
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