Youngkin’s Nightmare

Huge Blow For Governor As Virginia Dems Hold Senate, Flip House

SMITHFIELD, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 27: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks at a campaign rally for Republican U.S. House nominee, state Sen. Jen Kiggans on October 27, 2022 in Smithfield, Virginia. Kiggans and incumbent U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) are polling in a virtual tie for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District ahead of the November 8 general election. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  • Virginia Democrats who campaigned on protecting abortion rights swept Tuesday’s legislative elections, retaking full control of the General Assembly after two years of divided power.
  • The outcome is a sharp loss for Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who exerted a great deal of energy, money and political capital on an effort to secure a GOP trifecta.
  • Virginia is one of just four states holding legislative races this year, and it’s something of a microcosm of other closely divided states that will be critical in next year’s presidential election. That has fueled outsized interest in the legislative races, as both parties are closely monitoring the results for signs about voter moods heading into the 2024 campaign.