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Glenn Youngkin makes victory speech after winning Virginia governor race

Republican Glenn Youngkin has defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a tight race for Virginia’s governor’s seat.

It is a blow for Joe Biden who had promoted Mr McAuliffe as “the proven leader who will move Virginia forward”. The president, whose national approval ratings are in the gutter, ignored reporters’ questions as he returned to the White House on Wednesday following his trip to Cop26.

Mr McAuliffe wanted to return to the office he left four years ago and tried to link Mr Youngkin to Donald Trump, hoping Democrats’ dislike for the former president would motivate them in a state Mr Biden carried by 10 points in 2020.

Mr Youngkin focused on culture-war topics like “election integrity” and how racial inequality is taught in school, appealing to Mr Trump’s base but avoiding campaigning with him in person. He benefited from high turnout in rural areas, according to the AP.

Meanwhile, Democratic governor Phil Murphy is in a dead heat in New Jersey against Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. And in New York City, Democrat Eric Adams defeated the GOP’s Curtis Sliwa in the mayoral race.

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A shockwave in Virginia governor election scares Democrats

Democrats are likely in a state of shock not just by the fact that Republican Glenn Youngkin won in Virginia but by how resoundingly he thumped former Democratic Gov Terry McAuliffe Tuesday evening.

Mr Youngkin, a businessman and former co-chief executive at the Carlyle Group, made significant inroads in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, which essentially serve as an extension of Washington, DC and where Joe Biden won resoundingly just last year.

In Loudoun County, Republicans zeroed in heavily on opposing the teaching of “critical race theory”, a niche legal thought that has since become a catch-all for Republicans to describe most teaching about racial inequalities.

One ad featured the mother of a future GOP operative decrying the fact her son had to read Toni Morrison’s Beloved and calling on parents to have more of a say in their children’s education.

The gamble seemed to pay off. In 2020, Mr Biden won Loudoun County, a largely white county, with 61.9 per cent of the vote whereas Mr McAuliffe only won 55 per cent of the vote as of Wednesday morning. In neighbouring Fairfax County, Mr Youngkin added about six points to Donald Trump’s 28.4 per cent loss.

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Eric Garcia3 November 2021 14:45

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Trump claims AOC ‘never studied’ climate crisis and dismisses environmental threats

Former President Donald Trump unloaded on the Democratic Party in a wide-ranging interview on a conservative broadcasting network early Wednesday after it was reported that Republicans had won the Virginia governor’s mansion and performed well in other key races.

Speaking about President Joe Biden’s trip to Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 climate summit, Mr Trump characterised Mr Biden’s mission abroad as a failure while seemingly claiming that the Democrats’ climate provisions in the two-pronged infrastructure package working through Congress were the creation of Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive who has called for much further drastic action on the issue.

Targeting the young congresswoman as he often does, Mr Trump claimed: “It came from AOC, who never even studied climate. They just made up the stuff.”

“They talk about it, they have no idea what’s going to happen,” he added, apparently referring to predictions from leading scientists around the world regarding sea-level rise and the frequency of severe weather.

Mr Trump also repeatedly claimed, without explanation, that “nuclear weapons” were “the real climate change” that US lawmakers should be worried about.

“The risk we have is nuclear weapons. That’s your climate change,” Mr Trump said, without mentioning which country’s nuclear program to which he referred.

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John Bowden3 November 2021 14:25

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McAuliffe concedes: ‘Congratulations to Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin'

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has conceded to Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia governor’s race.

“While last night we came up short, I am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in,” Mr McAuliffe said in a statement.

“We must protect Virginia’s great public schools and invest in our students,” he added. “We must protect affordable health care coverage, raise the minimum wage faster, and expand paid leave so working families have a fighting shot. We must protect voting rights, protect a woman’s right to choose, and, above all else, we must protect our democracy. While there will be setbacks along the way, I am confident that the long term path of Virginia is toward inclusion, openness and tolerance for all.”

“Congratulations to Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin on his victory. I hope Virginians will join me in wishing the best to him and his family,” Mr McAuliffe concluded.

Gustaf Kilander3 November 2021 14:05

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‘You’ll have a new majority leader’: Trump blasts McConnell in post-election interview

Former President Donald Trump went after Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell while speaking to Real America’s voice on Wednesday morning.

Mr Trump called Mr McConnell a “terrible terrible leader,” adding that “he just doesn’t get it, never has”.

“He’s the most overrated man in politics,” Mr Trump said. “It took him forever to get me the wall and in the end, he couldn’t get it, I had to get it, I had to go through the military.”

He added that if the Republicans take the senate “you’ll have a new majority leader”.

The former president said former House Speaker Paul Ryan “is basically running Fox now. That’s why it’s not a primer for us, not great, not great”.

About Republican Glenn Youngkin’s win in the Virginia governor’s race, Mr Trump said: “I’ve heard Virginia is blue but I’ve never believed it was blue ... without MAGA he would have lost by 15 points, more ... instead of giving us credit they say, oh he’s more popular than [Mr Trump].”

Mr Trump once again pushed the baseless conspiracy theory that he lost the 2020 election because of fraud.

“I don’t believe we lost Virginia and I think they tried to get away with murder in Fairfax,” he said. “They were doing something in Fairfax then gave up, too many eyes.”

Gustaf Kilander3 November 2021 14:00

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Youngkin’s victory in Virginia is ‘revenge of the parents,’ says Meghan McCain

In a column citing numerous misleading right-wing talking points, commentator and sometime View co-host Meghan McCain has celebrated Republican Glenn Youngkin’s shocking gubernatorial victory in Virginia as a triumph for conservative families.

“In the simplest terms possible,” Ms McCain wrote in her MailOnline column, “it is revenge of the parents.”

The Virginia campaign saw Mr Youngkin, who was endorsed by Donald Trump, hammer Terry McAuliffe hard on the issue over how much influence parents should wield over their children’s education, in particular whether or not they should be able to force schools to withdraw certain books and subjects they find offensive or disagreeable.

One of the key incidents Mr Youngkin cited was a campaign several years ago led by a mother who was outraged that her son’s school was teaching Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a classic of Black American literature that deals with the horrific reality of slavery.

“It’s the culmination of the past eighteen months of teachers unions shutting down schools and refusing to reopen them, the rise and spread of Critical Race Theory, the scandal of a girl’s rape in a bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt and the subsequent coverup by the teachers’ board, of parents being called ‘domestic terrorists’ for daring to dissent and finally Terry McAullif’s (sic) tone-deaf comment that ‘parents shouldn’t be involved in the classroom,” she wrote.

“It has all resulted in a historic win, a historic wave of red – the Red Wedding of all election wins for Republicans.”

However, the reality of the trends and incidents Ms McCain refers to is quite different than she and other Republicans have claimed.

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Andrew Naughtie3 November 2021 13:45

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Trumps mock Biden over Virginia result and boast they’ll reclaim White House in 2024

In a statement on Tuesday, the former president said he would like to thank his “base” for coming out and voting for the candidate.

“The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than before,” he said, hinting at a possible rerun for the 2024 presidential elections.

In a separate statement gloating over the big night, Mr Trump said he didn’t even have to rally for first-time candidate Mr Youngkin because Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe tied down his competitor to the former president.

“It is looking like Terry McAuliffe’s campaign against a certain person named ‘Trump’ has very much helped Glenn Youngkin. All McAuliffe did was talk Trump, Trump, Trump and he lost,” the former president said.

He added: “What does that tell you, Fake News? I guess people running for office as Democrats won’t be doing that too much longer.”

Despite endorsing Mr Youngkin, Mr Trump never travelled to Virginia to rally along with the Republican hopeful. Instead, he held a virtual rally on the eve of the election on Monday.

Mr Youngkin in campaign trails, however, kept his distance from the former president. He never used Mr Trump’s name in rallies and kept his focus on state issues such as education, taxes and washrooms for transgender persons in schools.

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Alisha Rahaman Sarkar3 November 2021 13:25

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Sean Hannity left red faced after live shout out to Virginia Republicans falls flat

Sean Hannity and Fox News colleague Sara Carter were left red faced after failing to receive applause from a room full of Republicans who were celebrating Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial win in Virginia.

On Tuesday night, having declared Mr Youngkin’s closely fought win the start of a “red wave sweeping across the United States”, anchors for Fox News called on supporters of Mr Youngkin to cheer for Mr Hannity, writes Gino Spocchia.

“They love you here Sean, they love you,” Ms Carter told Mr Hannity, with Fox News’s footage flicking from the two reporters to shots of a cheering crowd of Mr Youngkin supporters.

Jon Sharman3 November 2021 13:06

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Minneapolis voters reject proposal to defund police after George Floyd murder

Minneapolis voters have rejected a proposal that would have radically restructured the city’s police department and replaced it with a new, non-violence focused public safety agency. It was a closely watched campaign in the nationwide conversation around whether to “defund the police”, writes Josh Marcus.

On Tuesday, voters in the city decided on what is known as Question Two, an amendment to the Minneapolis city charter that would eliminate a provision requiring a minimum number of police officers, and replace the MPD, now overseen by the mayor, with a new Department of Public Safety overseen jointly by the mayor and city council.

Jon Sharman3 November 2021 12:47

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Minneapolis mayoral race goes into overtime

The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is leading the vote count but is well short of the 50 per cent of ballots needed for outright victory.

The incumbent Democrat has about 43 per cent of votes, against about 20 per cent for a pair of challengers. Election officials are set to begin sorting second- and possibly third-preference votes on Wednesday in the city’s ranked-choice system.

Mr Frey faced strong competition from the left. Seventeen candidates had entered the race, many taking issue with the way he has handled changes to the police department since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis officer last year.

Mr Frey positioned himself as a defender of keeping the police department – and was against the most liberal and vocal progressives who were seeking a symbolic victory in Floyd's city.

Voters soundly defeated a proposal to replace the police department, with about 56 per cent opposed.

Jon Sharman3 November 2021 12:26

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Democrat Eric Adams wins New York City mayor’s race

Democratic candidate Eric Adams – a former police captain and Brooklyn borough president – has defeated long-shot Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in the race for New York City’s next mayor, who will face a major test in leading the city from a defining public health emergency that has magnified crises facing the nation’s largest city.

The 110th mayor of New York inherits city leadership in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic that has upended life for millions of residents – including the city’s schools and its thousands of students – and he will steward the nation’s most expensive police force amid international demands for reform when he enters office on 1 January.

Jon Sharman3 November 2021 12:00



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