Perspectives: Election Day 2021 Spells Trouble for Dems
Summary from AllSides News Team
Voices across the political spectrum are raising concerns about the poor performances of Democratic candidates on Election Day 2021 and what that means for the party's future.
Republicans won the races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in Virginia on Tuesday, a state President Joe Biden carried by 10 points in the 2020 election. Virginia Republicans also flipped six seats to retake control of the state's House of Delegates. In New Jersey, where Biden won by 16 points a year ago, a Republican challenger surprised many by outperforming opinion polls and is locked in a dead heat with a first-term Democratic governor.
Many left-rated voices sounded the alarm for Democrats' chances in the 2022 midterm elections; some highlighted how efforts to tie GOP candidates to former President Donald Trump seem to be losing steam. Right-rated voices often rejoiced in the election results, and framed them as a loud rebuke of Biden's policies and Democratic party priorities such as critical race theory. Voices across the spectrum analyzed what the results might mean for Biden's agenda and popularity in general.
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