Virginia Elected First Republican Governor in a Decade as New Jersey Gubernatorial Election is Too Close to Call

Diane LILLI
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Democrats are facing live-or-die midterm elections and President Biden is under siege by the expected return of former President Donald Trump. The new strategy in Virginia, however, offered a shift from the booming Trump support to a more halo effect, with Youngkin focused on the everyday concerns of his constituents: education, the economy, and the pandemic.

The two closely watched gubernatorial races in the US show a change in leadership as Republicans fight to wrestle key positions of power from Democrats during ongoing, tumultuous times.

In Virginia, Democrats lost their stronghold as Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy businessman, defeated current Governor Terry McAuliffe. In New Jersey, incumbent Governor Phil Murphy is in a surprising dead heat with a new Republican contender, Jack Ciattarelli, in a race the is too close to call. 

Former state legislator Ciattarelli was considered a true long shot, even by his own party, with no deep pockets for his campaign compared to Murphy and his tenure in office. But in New Jersey, Republicans in conservative areas showed up in record numbers, and even if Murphy wins by close margins, the national implications are obvious. 

Democrats are facing live-or-die midterm elections and President Biden is under siege by the expected return of former President Donald Trump. The new strategy in Virginia, however, offered a shift from the booming Trump support to a more halo effect, with Youngkin focused on the everyday concerns of his constituents: education, the economy, and the pandemic.

In effect, the newly elected Youngkin activated a new strategy for his success, and found voter support among Trumpians and non-Trumpians, handily becoming the first Republican Governor in office since 2009.

These closely watched elections signify something much greater than the ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats, as voters react to a time of unsettling uncertainty across a nation facing inflation, intense arguments about Biden’s vaccine mandates, and the relentless beat of the pandemic. 

Mandating Covid-19 vaccinations is expected to be a major. battle cry during the next midterm elections.  Unlike the mass Polio vaccinations, which were extremely successful and accepted by Americans in a time where science was revered,, today's disinformation and anti-science groups have stymied the acceptance of the vaccines. 

In spite of the proven efficacy of Covid-19 vaccinations, the global death count due to Covid-19 now surpasses 5 million. In the US, where the vaccine is free and readily available, less than 60 percent of the population has been vaccinated. In the US, the death toll is currently at 748,000 and rising daily. 

With the electoral pendulum swinging, election officials are feverishly counting votes today.  Where the results will land is anyone’s guess, but a new pattern among American voters has emerged. 

Updates to follow.

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